Articles tagged with: Sansula

28 April 2016

TIP: Exploring Sansula Tunings - p10 - Morocco E Tuning

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in Tips

This is an enchanting middle-eastern style tuning

TIP: Exploring Sansula Tunings - p10 - Morocco E Tuning

Even though the  Morocco E sansula tuning is one that I haven't explored very much,  I actually have two instruments set up in this tuning!  I play around with this tuning because it is fun.  Morocco E tuning sounds quite serious, which is why I love it so much.

28 April 2016

TIP: Exploring Sansula Tunings - p11 - Bluesy E Tuning

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in Tips

This funky-bluesy tuning has a free instructional download

TIP: Exploring Sansula Tunings - p11 - Bluesy E Tuning

I was playing kalimba at an independent living facility here in Tucson, and the family of one of the residents was there enjoying the music.  After about five or six songs that were happy, light and beautiful, one of the visitors said "Play something ugly!"  Well, I could not. I suspect that what he was asking for was something less of a sweet delight and more gritty, bluesy, down and dirty.

The Bluesy E sansula tuning was created with that idea in mind. 

28 April 2016

TIP: Exploring Sansula Tunings - p12 - C Major Tuning

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in Tips

From the C Major Sansula Download

TIP: Exploring Sansula Tunings - p12 - C Major Tuning

The C Major Sansula Tuning is one of my favorites.  It is happy and uplifting and powerful.

28 April 2016

TIP: Exploring Sansula Tunings - p13 - C Minor Tuning

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in Tips

TIP: Exploring Sansula Tunings - p13 - C Minor Tuning

The C minor tuning is a straight minor pentatonic scale.  It has a little more force and a little less mystery than the standard A minor Ake Bono tuning.

28 April 2016

TIP: Exploring Sansula Tunings - p14 - Other Tunings

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in Tips

Following Kalimba Magic's lead in the Sansula Tuning Movement, other tuning innovation is happening

TIP: Exploring Sansula Tunings - p14 - Other Tunings

The people at Hokema have also been bringing forth sansula tuning alternatives. They have an app for the iphone that will help you experiment with your own sansula tunings, permitting you to retune, within realistic limits - that is, any tuning you create on the iphone will be possible to create on your sansula.

28 April 2016

TIP: Exploring Sansula Tunings - p15 - We'll Work With You

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in Tips

Do you really need some totally different tuning? We can probably invent it

TIP: Exploring Sansula Tunings - p15 - We'll Work With You

Many people are not looking for anything in specific - they will go for a particular kalimba or tuning because it makes cool music that resonates with them.   I think chances are good that these people will find something that tickles them among the tunings I have presented.

Some people have very specific needs.  They might require a sansula in a particular key so that it will work with other instruments playing a song in that key, or to accompany singing a particular song in that key.  Inventing a tuning for a particular key is as much an art as a science.  

In many cases, we can come up with a kalimba that fits your needs. This service is part of what we do at Kalimba Magic. Let us know if you have the need for a special tuning.

08 March 2016

The Kalimbula - An Electric Ceramic Sansula

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

I've been having fun experimenting with tunings again...

The Kalimbula - An Electric Ceramic Sansula

The Kalimbula is a cool instrument that I've been enjoying playing in a variety of tunings.  I have tried all of the canonical sansula tunings, including the C Major I use in this video with new Kalimbula music.

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