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Mark Holdaway

How to Play 10-Note Kalimbas in C

The 10-Note Kalimba in C is a great instrument for learning, because everything you play on it immediately translates to the larger, more capable 17-Note Kalimba in C. But don’t be fooled – this 10-Note Kalimba can make plenty of music. A great kalimba to start with, no matter your age.

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Mark Holdaway

How to Play the Sansula

Pure magic, the New Age Sansula is a delight to play.  Perhaps the most beautiful sounding kalimba, and with nine notes it is not so complex…the challenge here is to get sonic diversity through alternative tunings, and we have lots of great tunings for the Sansula.

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Mark Holdaway

How to Play the Student Karimba

The 9-note student karimba – called “the original mbira” by Hugh Tracey – is related to the first metal tined kalimbas from the Zambezi Valley over 1000 years ago.  A great place to start, this karimba’s design has a rich centuries-old African tradition.

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Mark Holdaway

How to Play the African Karimba

Do you want to play traditional African music?  The African-tuned karimba has a wide and deep repertoire of music from across the vast Zambezi Valley, and is thought to be closely related to the original mbira tuning from 1300 years ago. Get that African feeling!

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Mark Holdaway

How to Play the Hokema B11 Kalimba

This kalimba has top notch materials and craftmanship, it plays music as smooth and beautiful as the B9, but with a few more notes, this kalimba becomes much more musically capable. Exotic tunings available.

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Mark Holdaway

How to Play the Alto Kalimba

The Alto Kalimba is one of the most versatile kalimbas – there are over a dozen books and downloads available for it, and there are thousands of songs you can play on it, including traditional African music. When you are ready for the real deal, come to the alto kalimba.

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Mark Holdaway

How to Play the Treble Kalimba

The Treble is the original kalimba that was sent around the world by Hugh Tracey in the 1960s. Slightly smaller than the Alto but with two more tines, the Treble is favored by people with smaller hands or superior manual dexterity. The Chinese 17-Notes in C are copies of the Treble.

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Mark Holdaway

How to Play the Lotus and SaReGaMa Karimbas

New Age musician SaReGaMa is a master at inventing new kalimba tunings. He has turned on a whole new generation of kalimba players, with both his brilliant playing and innovative tunings, the Lotus, the Freygish, and the Air tuning. Instruments, books, and downloads.

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Mark Holdaway

How to Play the Chromatic Kalimba

Do you want a real challenge?  Do you want a kalimba that will allow you to play essentially any sort of melody or harmony?  Then the Chromatic Kalimba is your instrument. The Chromatic has the “white notes” on the front and the “black notes” on the back.

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