Celtic D Karimba + PU


A karimba tuned to D major, it is easy to play Celtic music on this instrument – with pickup!

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The passive electronic pickup lets you plug into an amplifier, DI box, or effects processor through a 1/4 inch plug guitar cord.

This board-mounted karimba is set up and tuned to play Celtic music in the key of D major. It also plays in B minor and in A mixolydian.

Why the key of D? It turns out a lot of Celtic music is in D (or associated modes). Over the years I’ve had aboout a dozen people request kalimbas tuned to D specifically for use in Celtic music.

Why this design? In the past I have sent people wanting instruments in D for Celtic music to the “D Treble” kalimba. The D Treble is still a fine option, as it can read Alto tablature and has access to hundreds of songs in books or downloads. However, I really like this D Celtic Karimba for Celtic music. The interleaved design (borrowed from the traditional African-tuned karimba) puts more space between adjacent tines, which means you don’t have to be quite so accurate in your playing, a useful feature when you are flying at top spead through a jig or a reel.

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Unlike other karimbas such as African-tuned or SaReGaMa styles, this instrument does not come with buzzers.

Why do I call it a kaRimba and not a kaLimba? Because of the two rows of tines.

Additional information

Weight 1.2 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 × 8 × 1.9 in


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.