06 December 2015

TIP: Free Blank Kalimba Tablature

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in Tips

Kalimba Tablature is a powerful way to save your kalimba ideas

TIP: Free Blank Kalimba Tablature

Tablature is an alternative to staff notation. Kalimba tablature is intuitive and easy to read.  We provide blank tablature PDFs for 8-Note, 11-Note Pentatonic, 15-Note Alto, 17-Note Treble, and 17-Note Karimba.  You can download them for free, print them out, and write notes on them detailing the kalimba riffs you make up.  And if you don't understand the rules for tablature, we can help with that too!

11 December 2015

TIP: On Practicing Kalimba

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in Tips

You can learn an instrument with modest daily work - but do pick it up every day

TIP: On Practicing Kalimba

The kalimba is one of those amazing instruments that magically sounds good even if you don't know what you are doing, often right out of the box.  However, if you practice, you can become really good at playing.  I have compiled some thoughts on my experience of practicing on the kalimba with the idea of helping you with your kalimba journey.

06 December 2015

TIP: Know your kalimba's tuning

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in Tips

A kalimba's "tuning" is the set of notes the tines are tuned to

  TIP: Know your kalimba's tuning

In order to keep your kalimba tuned correctly, you need to know what its notes are supposed to sound like.  An experienced player will know the sound of each note on their kalimba by heart, and will either know which note each tine should be tuned to, or will be able to figure this out quickly.  What if you are not an experienced player?

This tip connects you with dozens of possible tunings for a dozen different kalimbas. Your tuning is probably here. The rest - becoming an expert - is up to you!

08 December 2015

TIP: Tuning Your Kalimba

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in Tips

Everything you need to keep your kalimba in tune

  TIP: Tuning Your Kalimba

Many people purchase kalimbas without realizing that they need to keep the kalimbas in tune.   Most kalimbas that are played daily will slowly go out of tune over a month or two, and then you need to touch up on the tuning.

This article hooks you up with all the resources you need to learn how to keep your kalimba in tune - just the way I do!

05 December 2015

TIP: Holiday deals - check out Kalimba Magic coupons!

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in Tips

Great prices on great kalimbas!

  TIP: Holiday deals - check out Kalimba Magic coupons!

You can get nice discounts on a wide selection of kalimbas. Visit Featured Kalimbas for coupons on everything listed there.

Also, note that there is a 25% Off Coupon good for the Dec 11-14 weekend.

14 November 2015

TIP: Straight Left-Right Playing and Syncopation

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in Tips

You can syncopate by leaving out notes

  TIP: Straight Left-Right Playing and Syncopation

The easiest thing to do when you play kalimba is to set up a regular rhythmic pattern, alternating right-left-right-left (or the opposite), but this will not result in syncopation.  Here is a quick changeup you can make to this regular pattern to create some great syncopation.

05 July 2017

Stop Fingernail Wear and Tear

Written by Juliana Rose, Posted in Tips

Want to Nail Your Kalimba Playing? It's All in the Keratin!

Stop Fingernail Wear and Tear

The sounding of the bell is only as good as its ringer and the chime of a kalimba's song is only as good as the nails on its player! Ready to connect with your kalimba voice? It all begins with the tips of your thumbnails.

For those of you who possess the gentic code for thick tough evergrowing fingernails, we are happy for you. This tip however is for those of you whose nails just seem to break, crack, bend and shred; no matter how many vitamin D and biotin capsules you take daily. This Tip is for you if you have been thinking of giving up the kalimba just because you weren't born with killer nails!

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