Articles tagged with: Accents

29 December 2016

Songs for the Lotus Karimba: Three Trills

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

Syncopation, variations, tweaks and trills

Songs for the Lotus Karimba: Three Trills

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!

17 September 2016

TIP: Alto Kalimba - Accents can make a part stand out

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in Tips

Get this free tablature that illustrates the use of accents in your kalimba playing

TIP: Alto Kalimba - Accents can make a part stand out

When you play kalimba, you should always be willing to accent special melody notes, and let the other support notes come in at a lower volume.  Why is this important? 

Not always, but often, melody notes will be fairly high in an instrument's range, and accompaniment notes will occur in the middle or at the low end.  A guitar has a three and a half-octave range.  The piano has a seven-octave range.  On both of these instruments, you have a big difference in the pitch of the melody and accompaniment notes, resulting in the melody and accompaniment parts being easily distinguishable by the ear.

And what about on the kalimba?