Articles tagged with: Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimba

25 March 2019

Kalimba Americana for Alto Kalimba

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

Play favorite folk and popular music on your Alto kalimba!

Kalimba Americana for Alto Kalimba

This is the music I grew up with - the American song book! These are some of the songs that bind us together as citizens of the great American experiment. To many of us, this is some of the sweetest music in the world!

This 54-page PDF download with clickable links to MP3 files has tablature for 29 different versions of 25 different songs. This book has enough easy songs to have a beginner playing right away, and it has enough complex songs to keep you working for months or longer!

16 November 2018

Easy Christmas Music for Alto Kalimba

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

All your holiday favorites, arranged for the 15-note Alto in G

Easy Christmas Music for Alto Kalimba

This collection of Christmas favorites has been arranged specifically for the Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimba in G. We started with a set of generic arrangements, but refined several of them so all the songs are comfortable and easy to play on the 15-Note Alto.

I myself have been playing Christmas Carols on the kalimba for 20 years. Playing carols is a fine way to learn your kalimba, working on songs you already know. It is also a great way to learn about classical harmony. Playing carols is a fantastic way to cultivate feelings of joy and gratitude during the leadup to the holiday season. It is also a great way to share joy with other people in your life.

This 59-page PDF download with clickable links to MP3 files has tablature for 32 different versions of 28 different carols. This book has enough easy songs to have you playing carols right away, and it has enough complex songs to keep you learning carols each holiday season for years!

20 October 2019

New: Duncan-tuned Alto Kalimba and Book

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

This is the tuning Cornelius Duncan uses on his track on Poncho Sanchez' CD "Trans' Delight"

New: Duncan-tuned Alto Kalimba and Book

20 October 2019

Cornelius Duncan Plays Hugh Tracey Kalimba on The #1 Jazz CD

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

After playing for 40+ years, Cornelius Duncan has jumped to the top!

Cornelius Duncan Plays Hugh Tracey Kalimba on The #1 Jazz CD

Cornelius Duncan has been playing his Hugh Tracey Alto kalimba in this "Duncan tuning" for most of his life. But he did not invent this tuning - rather, it came from his brother, Phillip Allen Duncan.

The stunning YouTube video of Cornelius Duncan playing his special-tuned Hugh Tracey Alto kalimba only has 2000 views over its 7-year life. Cornelius’ music honors legendary 1960s jazz saxophonist John Coltrane by playing a song that reflects Coltraine's song, “A Love Supreme”. The music is serious and meditative, reflecting the master kalimba player offering his strands of music to the jazz master, as well as to us all.

But how did Cornelius get his kalimba on the #1 selling jazz album?

12 November 2019

Octaves on the 17-Note Kalimba

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

On most kalimbas, including the 17-Note Kalimba in C, octave pair notes will be on opposite hands

Octaves on the 17-Note Kalimba

Here is a great tip to help you play the 17-note kalimba. Actually, most "regular" kalimbas follow this rule, so read on even if you have an 8-Note, an Alto, a Treble, or a Pentatonic kalimba.

"Regular" kalimbas have low notes in the center, high notes on the far left and far right, and they alternate from right to left, going outward as you go up the scale.

Consider the scale "Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do" = "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8". If the low note, "Do" is on the right side, and the "Re" note is on the left side... if you "do the math" you will find that the high "Do" is on the left side of the kalimba, on the hand opposite the lower version of the same note..

Check out what this means to playing the kalimba!