When you look at a kalimba, you see a tiny, unassuming instrument. But if the possibilities of the kalimba are considered all at once, they can boggle the mind. An easy way to reduce the overwhelm when starting to learn something new is to pare down the number of tines you use, making the kalimba into a simpler instrument.
If your Alto kalimba only had six notes rather than fifteen, it would be much easier, right? This video will teach a very useful trick - temporarily marking a few notes on each side of your Alto Kalimba with a Sharpie marker to help you learn parts of a song. By drawing your attention, it becomes easy to move your fingers to the tines that have the marks on them. The riff (or repeated melodic phrase) we study here uses marked tines.
Sounds simple, right? And it turns out you can make some really cool music with just a few notes!