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Mark Holdaway

It is here! “365 Days to Kalimba Mastery” for 17/C Kalimba

Download your “365 Days to Kalimba Mastery, Volume I” Today! Why You Need This Book This book serves you bite sized bits of kalimba wisdom and beauty, that fit on your phone screen, to help you play kalimba like I do. Each lesson has one screenful of tablature (typically 4 measures), a sound recording, and my explanatory words. Many lessons also have staff notation. The kalimba is a totally amazing instrument, capable of much magic and much music. But almost all of the instructional material available for the kalimba focuses only on the melody. The true brilliance of the kalimba derives from the combination of melody, harmony and rhythm working

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Welcome to “365 Days to Kalimba Mastery, Volume I” for 17/C Kalimba

  There Should Be a Welcome Video Here Right About Now There isn’t a welcome video yet – hopefully only a few days have gone by since “now for me”, and I get this video up soon. But just so I don’t totally disappoint you, I would like to share with you the first two sound files for this 365 Days book… though if you are here, you have access to these already through links from the “365 Days” PDF file. They are good to listen to, and I am proud of them!   Recording: Welcome to the 365 Days, Volume I Book for 17-Note Kalimba in C   History

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Mark Holdaway

The Hugh Tracey Kalimbas – Are They Worth It?

My very first kalimba was a Hugh Tracey Kalimba, back in 1986. I love the Hugh Tracey kalimbas, especially my older ones. (I do have readers who chime in and remind me they have been playing since the 70s, or even earlier, and they too love their Hugh Tracey Kalimbas.) Customer Reviews Here are some of the things that my recent customers say about the Hugh Tracey Kalimbas: Taylor Loves the Alto Chromatic Kalimba I’ve purchased four Hugh Tracey kalimbas from you and they are hands down the best kalimbas I’ve ever played. One of them, The Hugh Tracey Chromatic Alto, is my favorite kalimba I own. This kalimba made

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New Book: Advanced Christmas Carols for the 17-Note Kalimba in C

Now Is The Time to Prepare Your Christmas Carols if you want to play them in December! This book of 20 arrangements of advanced Christmas carols for the 17-Note Kalimba in C is great for the person who has been seriously playing kalimba for a year or more. This 48 page book provides the tablature for arrangements of Christmas carols as performed by Mark Holdaway. A QR code will quickly link you to the web page with the sound recordings for each song in this book. Available as a hard copy book. Available as a PDF download. The book includes these carols: Angels from the Realms of Glory Angels we

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Mark Holdaway

Nadi Qamar and his “Mama-Likembi” Kalimba from the 1970s

Ready to Have Your Kalimba Mind Blown? Nadi Qamar was an African American who pioneered the use of neo-traditional Kalimba in the 1960s and 1970s. A jazz pianist by training, Nadi made a fantastic album of kalimba music on an instrument of his own design, the “Mama Likembi,” in his own tuning. Listen to it through the YouTube embed above. The tuning is a Middle-Eastern sort of tuning. Sometimes he plays it more like a pentatonic kalimba. Since his instrument was an amalgam of several different kalimbas, they may have had different tunings? Neo-Traditional Kalimba? By neo-traditional, I mean that even though the instrument was not a traditional kalimba in

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Mark Holdaway

Feel the Music Vibrations in Your Body

  These two kalimba models have massive wood bodies. The massive bodies mean they will not be as loud, but the vibration of each note will last longer. I have customers who absolutely love these massive kalimbas because they facilitate really feeling the vibrations. That could be feeling the vibrations in your hands… or a friend, partner, or client feeling the vibrations in their body as you lay the instrument on their back or chest and play for them. The Magadi M17 is the economy model – lets say, roughly 75% as good as the B17, but about 30% the cost… a great value! The Hokeme B17 is a great

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Mark Holdaway

Pre-order “Volume II * 365 Days to Kalimba Mastery” for 17/C Kalimba, at half price

I expect Volume II of this groundbreaking guide to kalimba playing will be available for download Oct 30 2022. You can pre-order it now for  half price at $6. If you haven’t already done so, check out Volume I of “365 Days to Kalimba Mastery”. Why You Need This Book Well… get Volume I first, and if you learn so much that it transforms your kalimba playing, you obviously need to get Volume II. It will be available as two different PDF files: a narrow version that is perfect for viewing on your phone, and a “double wide” version that has left and right facing pages displayed together – which

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Mark Holdaway

Now Available: Hard Copy of “Kalimba Americana for Alto Kalimba”

I wrote the “Kalimba Americana for Alto Kalimba” in the summer of 2019. Until now, it has only been available as a PDF download from Kalimba Magic. Now, you can purchase the “Kalimba Americana”  book from Amazon for $12. Or you could purchase Kalimba Americana from the Kalimba Magic Shop for $12. Want to learn more about the Kalimba Americana collection? Kalimba Americana for Alto Kalimba

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