Catania12Board 150 How to Play the 12-Note Kalimba

The Catania 12-Note Kalimba is a great instrument for teens and adults, is very flexible and capable, and is a great value.

The Catania 12-Note Kalimba

The Catania 12-Note Kalimba

The Catania 12-Note Kalimbas are powerful, flexible, and beautiful.

12-Note Kalimba Video


  • Demo of the regular 12-Note Board Kalimba - mystical Scarborough Fair

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  • Demo of the Decorative 12-Note Kalimba.

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  • Based on one of the songs in the 12-Note Kalimba Exercises Book.

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    The 12-Note Kalimba in Images

    • All of the 12-Note Kalimbas that we sell are made by Catania Folk Instruments. There are other sellers of Catania kalimbas around, but we offer an expanded menu of instructional materials, we will put the kalimba into alternative tunings, and we offer the option of painting the tines (to help you keep your place, to assist in relating left and right sides, to assist in reading the tablature, and to relate this kalimba to other kalimbas).
    • The 12-Note Gourd Kalimba is about 7 inches across - just a bit bigger than the 8-Note Gourd Kalimba. The gourd-mounted kalimbas are a bit louder than the board-mounted kalimbas, and you can modify the tone on them by covering and uncovering the sound holes - ie, the wah wah effect. The necklace strap helps smaller hands hold this kalimba. The wood on the left is Paduak before it has been faded by the sun (the stripes are rare - usually the Paduak is a more uniform color), and the wood on the right is Australian Lacewood, which I haven't seen on a Catania Gourd Kalimba for several years.

    • Board Kalimba Woods on Catania Kalimbas

      Board Kalimba Woods on Catania Kalimbas

      The 12-Note Board Kalimbas come in the same three woods as the 8-Note Kalimbas in this photo - cherry (left), paduak (center), and walnut (right). I cannot discern any tonal variations in these three kalimbas.

      Books and Download for the 12-Note Kalimba

      • 12-Note  Exercises

        12-Note Exercises

        This tablature-based book covers: chords, scales, tunings, how to build up complex riffs from simple patterns. It includes exercises and patterns to help familiarize you with the note layout. Exercises show you different ways to approach a song: melody only, with harmony accompaniment, with rhythmic counterpoint, etc. If you want to master the instrument, start here.

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      • 66 Songs Download

        66 Songs Download

        The 66 Songs Download for the 12-Note Kalimba includes tablature in PDF, KTabS, and MP3 formats. African, Classical, Folk, Peace, Patriotic, Christmas, African American Spirituals, Reggae, etc! This monster download of songs for the 12-Note kalimba will keep you busy for months, or more likely years!

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      • 12-Note Song Book

        12-Note Song Book

        This numbers-based book for the 12-Note Kalimba has a lot of nursery rhymes, children's songs, and folk songs. The tines are numbered sequentially from 1 to 12, and these numbers do not map into the degree of the scale.

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      • 8-Note Music Book

        8-Note Music Book

        Hidden within the 12-Note Kalimba are the eight notes of the 8-Note Kalimba. By ignoring the 4 extra notes, you can readily transfer the 8-Note music onto the 12-Note Kalimba. This may be useful if you have both the 8-Note and the 12-Note Kalimbas - they can read off the same book.

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      Other 12-Note Resources

      • Counterpoint on the 12-Note Kalimba - a tip of the day that explains how going from 8-Note to the 12-Note opens up a huge world of possibilities - melody and counterpoint together. (2012)

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      • Download 12-Note Tablature for Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme (2011)

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      • Interview with Jeff Willet, a percussionist and recording artist who uses the 12-Note Catania gourd and board kalimbas in his recordings. (2011)

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      • New Book and Download for the Catania 12-Note - Two new ways to become a stellar 12-Note player! (2012)

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        12-Note Models Available from Kalimba Magic

        Plain Catania 12-Note Kalimba

        Plain Catania 12-Note Kalimba

        The plain Catania 12-Note Kalimba has been discontinued.
        Decorative Catania 12-Note Kalimba

        Decorative Catania 12-Note Kalimba

        The decorative Catania 12-Note Kalimba has been discontinued.
        Catania 12-Note Gourd Kalimba

        Catania 12-Note Gourd Kalimba

        In my opinion, the Catania 12-Note Gourd Kalimba has been discontinued.

        12-Note Kalimba Tunings

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