Nov. 19, 2011

Vol. 6, Num. 5

Kalimba Magic NEWS

Catania 12-Note News
Tablature for Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme

The first part (20 seconds) of this video demonstrates the scale and range of the Catania 12-Note kalimba. The rest of the video shows me playing "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme" in a rather loopy manner. "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme" starts at 0:24.

People have asked me for the tablature for this song, so here it is, but note that I don't even try to reproduce what is in the video, just what I hear in the song today.

The scale used in this song is called the dorian mode which is what makes this song so enchanting. The Dorian Mode is accessible to most kalimbas, simply by playing an 8-note scale started on the second degree of the major scale - in other words, for a kalimba in C, start on D to get the dorian mode; for a kalimba in G, start on A to get the dorian mode.

By the way, at $49 (that is just a bit more than $4 per tine!) the Catania 12-Note Kalimba is a real ganga! The Hugh Tracey kalimbas tend to hover around $10 per tine.

If you are looking to spend a bit more money, Catania Folk Instruments also makes a beautiful 12-Note Decorative Kalimba and a cool 12-Note Gourd Kalimba. If you are interested in the 12-Note kalimbas, be sure to check out the new "How to Play 12-Note Kalimba" page!

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