Hugh Tracey Chromatic Alto


This is a two octave box-mounted chromatic kalimba, just like the Alto in G on the front, with the chromatic notes on the back.

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Both tunings have G as the low note on front; C tuning has F naturals on front, F#s on the back; Standard G tuning has F# on front.
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Are you a musical genius? Or do you just know music theory? Or are you just inspired? This kalimba can do just about anything.

The Hugh Tracey Box-mounted chromatic kalimba is an Alto Kalimba on the front (15 notes, or two octaves in the key of G), and two octaves of the chromatic notes (11 notes) on the back side. You play the front side with your thumbs and the chromatic notes on back with your fingers. In principle, it is possible to play this instrument in any key, though the easiest use of this instrument is to play in the key of G (ie, mainly front notes) with a few accidentals. This is NOT recommended for beginning musicians. However, serious musicians who are new to kalimba are good candidates for this instrument.  AND you can always ignore the back side notes and just play the front side notes as an ALTO KALIMBA.

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Chromatic Alto

Each of these kalimbas come with the built in pickup.

The standard instrument now comes in G so it is like the Alto on the front, but for $10 more we can set it up to be in C on the front.

Learn more about the Chromatic Kalimba.

An Instructional Download for the Chromatic Kalimba

NOW: when you buy a Chromatic Kalimba, we gift you with the “Alto Chromatic Kalimba Crash Course”, a 96 page PDF eBook with tablature and instruction on the Alto Chromatic.

Additional information

Weight 1.3 lbs
Dimensions 6.5 × 9 × 2.5 in

Chromatic Video


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. See answered questions.