I really want to play kalimba! I previously purchased a 17 key kalimba and ended up giving it away because I was overwhelmed. I wanted to know what you could suggest for me.
How should I color the tines on my 17-Note kalimba?
“Learning to play kalimba,” says Andrew Tracey, son of Hugh Tracey, who in the 1950’s created and gave the world a kalimba that the western ear could understand, “is best done by learning from someone who knows how to play kalimba.” But what if you don’t know anyone who plays the kalimba?
If you know very little about the kalimba, start here! We’ll introduce you to some important things to know about the kalimba, including how to tune it, how to fix a buzz, and what the different parts are called. This is your crash course on all things kalimba!
If it matters to you what notes you are going to play – that is, if you want to learn specific songs and want to achieve specific learning, Kalimba Tablature is a very good way to go. Tablature is a map of the kalimba that shows you which tines to play.