01 April 2016

TIP: A Karimba Improvisational Strategy Part 2

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in Tips

Giving the left thumb some good ideas - an arpeggio

TIP: A Karimba Improvisational Strategy Part 2
Up and down the A major arpeggio

This exercise reduces the notes further and only plays the notes in the A major arpeggio. These will often be the most important notes for the left thumb, as they trace out the A major chord.

The long range plan in this series: the right thumb will play something low, strong, and supportive while the left thumb plays a dancing melody. Ultimately, I'd like you to be able to improvise on the left side.

This exercise lays the foundation for the left thumb dancing.





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Mark Holdaway

Mark Holdaway

Mark Holdaway has been playing kalimba for over 30 years.  He invented his kalimba tablature in 2004, and has been writing books and instructional materials for kalimba ever since.  His business, Kalimba Magic, is based on the simple proposition that the kalimba is a real musical instrument capable of greatness.  Mark's kalimba books are a down payment on this proposition.

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