Hugh Tracey Chromatic Treble


Hugh Tracey Treble Box Chromatic Kalimba w Pickup, in C, 17 notes each side. The front side can use any instructional resources for the “17-Note Kalimba in C”.

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Visit the chromatic tuning page to understand these two tunings.
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This is an option for playing complex, chromatic music with medium or smaller hands.

Hugh Tracey Treble Box Chromatic Kalimba w Pickup, in C, 17 notes each side.

On the front side, this kalimba is just like a 17-Note Kalimba in C: it has 2 octaves plus 2 more notes on top, or 17 notes ranging from C 4 (middle C) to E6. On the back is a “left handed” kalimba of 17 notes in the key of B. This means that there are B’s and F’s on both the front and back.

Who should get this kalimba? People who really know what they are getting themselves into! Like the Chromatic Alto, this is a challenging instrument. However, given that the tines are smaller and there are more on the front (17 instead of the Alto’s 15), and given that there are no gaps on the back because it has all the notes in the key of B (the gaps in the Alto chromatic design help you to keep your place on the back side where your fingers play the notes, where your eyes cannot see), this is the most challenging kalimba we sell.

On the other hand, there are people (such as myself since 2007) who favor the Treble, and if you are up for this instrument, YOU are the reason why I custom-ordered these from AMI… and to get one for myself!

So, while it is a bit over the top to say “Abandon hope all who get this kalimba”, I will say “Proceed with caution.”

Listen to this sound clip:

Chromatic Treble

Some people who get this kalimba opt for the redundant notes on the back (B and E) to be removed.  Why?  The gaps on the back (just like the gaps in the black notes on the piano) act as guide posts, helping you find your way.  Removing the redundant tines on the back costs an extra $6.

Learn more about the Treble 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.  The tablature for the Alto Chromatic will also work for the inner 15 of 17 tines on the Treble Chromatic. This is explained in the ebook.

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.