01 April 2016

TIP: A Karimba Improvisational Strategy Part 3

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in Tips

Scale fragment on the left thumb

TIP: A Karimba Improvisational Strategy Part 3
Using scale segments

I find that there is a lot of African music that can be played in small scale fragments with just three notes. There are a lot of permutations you can make with these three notes. Let symmetry be your first guide, and let your ear be the second guide. A visually symmetric pattern often sounds great, but your ear is the final judge.

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.






About the Author

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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