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Save Big on Hugh Tracey Kalimbas

I am getting a resupply shipment of Hugh Tracey Kalimbas from Africa in about 2 weeks, and to help me pay for this shipment, I am passing on big savings to you: Code HUGHTRACEY20 saves 20% on Any Hugh Tracey Kalimba Code HUGHTRACEY25 saves 25% on Any Order, Any Brands, Over $300 These coupon codes expire on Sept 19 2021. Why Hugh Tracey Kalimbas? The Hugh Tracey is the “Original Kalimba”, first made in 1954. The Hugh Tracey Kalimba is still proudly made in South Africa. The Hugh Tracey Kalimba is based on several different design elements of traditional African instruments. The Chinese Kalimbas that have flooded the market in

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Mark Holdaway

The Joys of Playing the Pentatonic Kalimba

There has been so much rush in the direction of the 17-Note Kalimbas in recent years. There are a lot of other kalimba possibilities out there, each offering their own types of experiences. While any kalimba can be tuned to a pentatonic scale (see Maurice White’s “Evil Tuning”, which is a pentatonicaly tuned 17-Note Treble), you get something altogether different when you make a specially designed pentatonic kalimba. In this video, I feel wild and extremely powerful playing the minor pentatonic scale on this kalimba. What is the pentatonic scale?   An important thing to know: primitive cultures all around the world used the various pentatonic in their music and

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Mufrika Edward Style Karimba on Board or Box – With New Download

I have finished a 54-page PDF instructional download for the Mufrika Edward style Karimba. This includes traditional Karimba songs from the historic repertoire,  songs from Mufrika, and my own insights into making music on this instrument. The download comes for free when you purchase one of the Mufrika Edward style Karimbas. I am now re-making these karimbas on both Hugh Tracey Celeste Boards (left) and the Hugh Tracey Alto Boxes (right). @kalimbamagic##mufricaedward ##karimba ##mbiranyunganyunga♬ original sound – kalimbamagic I am enjoying the Mufrika Edward Karimba as much as I enjoy my Hugh Tracey African-tuned Karimba. It produces different music, so both instruments have a place in my life. Reminder: I

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Hugh Tracey Chromatic Treble Kalimbas Expected By Sept 15 2021

You can now pre-order the Chromatic Treble Kalimbas. They have been out of stock since January 2021. The good news is that a kalimba resupply mission should be leaving from Africa in early September 2021. I should have these kalimbas in stock around September 15 2021. Pre-order Chromatic Celeste Treble Kalimba (Board Mounted) Pre-order Chromatic Treble Kalimba (Box Mounted) We currently have these chromatic kalimbas in stock: The somewhat larger Chromatic Alto Kalimba (15 front, 13 back), The board-mounted Chromatic Celeste Alto Kalimba (15 front, 13 back). The hard thing about the chromatic kalimba is that the chromatic notes are on the back side of the kalimba. The easy thing

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Mark Holdaway

Resources For the 17-Note Kalimba in C

Everything we have that will work for your 17-Note Kalimba in C Get a 17-Note Kalimba   I have recently written some great books and PDF downloads for the 17-Note Kalimba in C. These books use kalimba tablature, which is easy to read and very expressive. In addition to tablature and recordings for each song, these instructional guides offer insights into how to read the tablature, how to tune, the kalimba’s history, how to accomplish the various moves you need to make on your kalimba, and more. Everything you need to have a wonderful kalimba ride! Says one recent customer, after she purchased our instructional downloads: “Mark, I am already

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Mark Holdaway

Kalimba Tablature – Short Videos

Here is a general history of how people notated kalimba music, roughly 1950 through 2004: @kalimbamagic##Kalimba ##kalimbatutorial ##kalimbatablature ##kalimbahistory ♬ original sound – kalimbamagic Here is a quick guide to the kalimba tablature I invented in 2004: @kalimbamagicIntro to Kalimba Tablature. ##kalimba ##kalimbatutorial ##kalimbatabs ##kalimbamusic ♬ original sound – kalimbamagic I have written like 60 instructional downloads and 30 hard copy books for various kalimbas, mostly based on my kalimba tablature. This little video gives a quick tour of some of the breadth and depth of the kalimba books I have created: @kalimbamagicI’ve written dozens of Kalimba Books for many types of Kalimba.##kalimbatutorial ♬ original sound – kalimbamagic   How

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Mark Holdaway

A Brief History of the Kalimba

A lot of people in recent years have come to the mistaken conclusion that the kalimba is a Chinese instrument. Until about 2017, the Chinese-made kalimbas were relatively rare. In fact, they are modeled after the African-made Hugh Tracey Treble Kalimba. But the kalimba’s African history is much deeper than that! This TikTok video gives you the 59 second story of where the African kalimba comes from. @kalimbamagic##kalimba ##kalimbamusic ##kalimbahistory ##fyp ##africanhistory ##hughtraceykalimba ##mbira ##karimba ##mbiradzavadzimu ##mbiranyunganyunga♬ original sound – kalimbamagic

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Why Do I (Usually) Paint 6 Tines on the 17-Note Kalimbas?

6-Painted Tine System The 6-painted tine system is our standard. Our tuning insert is set up that way. My personal 17-Note Kalimbas in C are painted that way. The books I write have 6-painted tine tablature. But not every 17-Note Kalimba is painted this way. The Treble Kalimba has Five Painted Tines The Original Hugh Tracey 17-Note Treble Kalimba, I paint the same way that Hugh Tracey painted in 1954. Why? Because it has always been painted that way. When people pick up a Hugh Tracey Treble Kalimba, and see the middle tine painted, they realize that is the 3rd of the scale. After that lowest tine is paint, as

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New Resources for 17-Note Kalimbas with “5-painted tine system”

Do you have a 17-Note Kalimba in the 5-painted tine system? We have just translated our two most popular ebooks to be compatible with the 5-painted tine kalimba. In this article, I am not going to tell you WHY there are two competing tine painting systems for the 17-Note Kalimba. I WILL tell you that until last week, all of the books and ebooks I have created for the 17-Note Kalimba in C have been in the “6-painted tine system” – ie, the red tines in the photo. In this article, and in the new ebooks, the “5-painted tine system” is represented by green tines. Introduction to the 17-Note Kalimba

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