Download: The Best Ever Book of 8-Note Kalimba Music


This PDF Download version of the “Best Ever 8-Note Book” is written specifically for the 8 note kalimba, but many other kalimbas can use it too. 46 pages, live links to sound files, updated in 2021.

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When I learned how to play kalimba 30 years ago, there were no books. Now there is a series of exciting new books that show you all the nifty tricks you can use with the kalimba, and THIS PDF ebook shows you how to play the 8-note kalimba, which is perfect for the beginning kalimba player. If you have an 8-note kalimba tuned to “Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol-La-Ti-Do”, then you can use this book. 50 kalimba tunes, ranging from simple nursery rhymes to classical music, some TV music, folk songs, Latin grooves, and a traditional African melody recorded by Hugh Tracey in 1952.

The extra images for this product include the table of contents, a demonstration of how to use the tablature, and tablature for two of the easier songs.

This version of the product is a PDF download with live links to the sound files – very convenient unless you have no internet connection.

Other kalimbas that can immediately use this download: Goshen 8-Note Kalimba in D (the sound files will be in a different key), the 10-Note Kalimba in C and the 17-Note Kalimba in C (this download instructs you only on the lower, inner 8 notes of the kalimba, so you will have to temporarily ignore the outer tines on your instrument), and the Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimba (which is in a different key and has 15 tines – so you can’t play along with the sound files, and you need to ignore the outer 7 tines).


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.