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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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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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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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Get Hard Copy of “Kalimba Americana for 17-Note Kalimba in C”

I wrote the “Kalimba Americana for 17-Note Kalimba in C” 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. Want to learn more about the Kalimba Americana collection? Kalimba Americana for 17-Note Kalimba in C

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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

Updated: Christmas Music Resources

If you want to perform some carols on kalimba this Christmas, start here! Over the years, I have created a lot of books, instructional materials, videos, and articles about playing Christmas music on your kalimba. For your Christmas consideration, I have collected it all in one place for you. If you want to spend money, we have plenty of books, ebooks, and CDs for you to take advantage of. If you don’t want to spend money, we have created a lot of free resources, and they are all listed here. You might ask why I have so many resources for playing Christmas music on the kalimba. It is because I

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Mark Holdaway

Can You Help Spread the Word About Kalimba Magic?

Can you help spread the word about Kalimba Magic? This is my moment of need, and I am reaching out to you because I believe you have benefited from what I do: Kalimba Magic. You may have benefited from one or more of our kalimbas… a Hugh Tracey, or a Sansula, or a Goshen? A SaReGaMa tuning? A karimba? A Magadi kalimba? Or one of the new Chinese 17-Note or 10-Note Kalimbas? You may have benefited from one or more of the 100 kalimba books or ebooks I have written for various kalimbas and musical genres. You have almost certainly benefited from the kalimba tablature that I invented in 2004,

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Kalimba Gifts for Graduation

A kalimba is a great gift, especially for young graduates who could use a little nudge in the direction of wonder! Save 30% on Kalimbas Through June 5 2022 with Code KalimbaGrad When you get a gift for someone graduating school, you want something beautiful. You want something that opens doors into new futures, new possibilities, new worlds. You want something that they can grow into. You want something that is meaningful and open ended. You want to get something that your graduate can make their own. And you want to gift them something that also reflects your values. What values might you bring with your kalimba gift? Peace =

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Mark Holdaway

Kalimbas: Constructive, Educational Summer Fun for Kids 6 and Up!

This summer, instead of letting your kid’s cell phone instruct them in the way of video games… maybe it is time for your kid to get a kalimba and begin their kalimba journey? Playing kalimba exposes your child to new cultural and musical ideas. Playing kalimba promotes independence, as your kid goes off and figures it out. Playing kalimba calms your kid down, as they focus in on this sweet little musical instrument. Playing kalimba is good for the brain, promoting right – left collaboration and hemispheric balance. My rule of thumb for kalimbas and kids is: one tine per year of age. There is a lot of slush in

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