Hugh Tracey Box Pentatonic + PU


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The exotic Box Pentatonic kalimba, with an electronic pickup (PU) installed.

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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Box Pentatonic + PU

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Additional information

Weight 1.4 lbs
Dimensions 6.6 × 9 × 2.2 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.