The Lotus-tuned karimba was created by the inventive recording artist SaReGaMa. He once received an out-of-tune African-tuned karimba as a gift. Rather than simply tuning it up, SaReGaMa instead used this as an opportunity to invent several of his own tunings and create music that worked with each tuning. The Lotus tuning is the one he used for a song that he improvised one night in an effort to get his baby daughter, Lotus, to go to sleep. He made a video of that improvisation, known to the world as "Kalimba Solo for Lotus."
Available at the Kalimba Magic Shop, we have two instructional downloads and one book for the innovative Lotus karimba tuning. In this post we are giving away the tablature for Exercise 20, "Three Trills," from the book Playing the Lotus Karimba. A trill on kalimba happens when you have two notes that are exactly the same on both the left and right sides of the kalimba, and you play them quickly, alternating between them. Listen to find out exactly what this sounds like!