01 April 2016

TIP: A Karimba Improvisational Strategy Part 4

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in Tips

Mixing it up on the left side

TIP: A Karimba Improvisational Strategy Part 4
Mixing it up on the left

While the three lower right notes sound great together (the C#, B, and A from the previous tip), the best is when you can create melodies using both the lower row notes and the upper row notes.

Notice the pattern here - the first note of each measure is changing, but that changing note is answered by an unchanging two note phrase.

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.