52 Exercises & Songs for the HT HotShot-11


The 52 Songs and Exercises download, upgraded into a 64-page easy-to-use eBook with clickable live links to sound files for each song.

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This is the original 52 Exercises & Songs collection for the Hugh Tracey HotShot-11 (aka “Hugh Tracey Celeste Diatonic Jr.”)… but formatted and done up as a very nice eBook that leeds you through playing the HotShot-11 in all of its glory.

Most kalimbas start on “Do” (as in “Doe, a Dear”)… the key note of the kalimba. The HotShot-11 is rooted in G… but the low note is D, the 5th, or “So” (as in “Do Re Mi Fa So”). This will slow you down a great deal if you don’t understand it… but if you do understand it, the low 5 in the bass makes this kalimba more powerful.

This is essentially an 8-note kalimba… three extra notes that go lower. Why? Because those extra low notes help a great deal in the way of covering melodies (Think: “Amazong Grace”, which starts on the low 5). The low 5 also helps you with chords and accompaniment.

This book covers:

  • exercises to help you play music on one side… and the other.
  • tricks to get you to integrate both thumbs together.
  • complex and interesting patterns you can make from simple but integrated thumb stroke patterns.
  • the main scales available on this kalimba.
  • chords: basic triads, inverted triads, and 7th chords.
  • a great many songs, in melody only form, then with chords and melody, then with more complex accompaniment:
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain When She Comes
  • Are You Sleeping, Brother John?
  • My Country, ‘Tis of Thee
  • Simple Gifts
  • Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
  • Beethoven’s Ode to Joy
  • Beautiful Dreamer
  • Bach’s Minuet in G
  • This Land Was Made For You and Me
  • Plus several original tunes designed just for this kalimba!


Are You Sleeping Brother John? – with counterpoint and harmony!

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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.