Hugh Tracey Box Pentatonic
I find the Box Pentatonic kalimba to be versatile, wild, and freeing. Get this kalimba if you want to cut loose and explore the ethnic worlds of the alternative tunings.
This kalimba runs from G-1 to G+1 and has the 11 notes of two octaves of the G major pentatonic scale.
Because it uses the pentatonic scale, it is very easy to play, and seems to float and soar above the guitar. Note that the guitar is actually modulating, going from C natural in the C chord to C# in the A major chord. Since the G major pentatonic scale lacks the 4th (C), you can just keep playing without even looking back to see if the harmony changed!
Some customers have requested that I retune this one to G minor, so that the kalimba spans two octaves of the minor pentatonic scale (so the relative major then becomes B flat).
Pentatonic Kalimba Instructional Aids: There are two books available for the pentatonic kalimba. Our first book, Playing the Pentatonic Kalimba, is full of patterns and shows you lots of tricks to help you improvise and write music for the pentatonic kalimba. Our second book, co-written with Kathryn Rambo, is the Pentatonic Kalimba Songbook which includes 33 arrangements of 29 songs in both tablature and staff notation.
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