Easy Alto Download
Download tablature in PDF and KTabS format, plus MP3s, for 30 easy exercises and songs for the Alto Kalimba.
I've been contacted by a number of beginning Alto Kalimba players who are frustrated with the "Advanced Christmas Carols" and such - so I put together a collection for the non-advanced. This material is, on average, easier than the material in the Alto Fundamentals Book, but is also totally different from that (and all) books. The 30 exercises and songs in this collection will help you find your way on the Alto, using the painted tines to help you navigate. You will learn arpeggios and octaves and chords, you will begin to learn how to play chords and arpeggios as accompaniment to singing, and you will begin to use chords and melody together simultaneously. You will see how to take a very simple riff and turn it into a more complex riff that could be a song unto itself. Songs are a bit sparse: To Know Him is to Love Him verse, Jamaica Farewell, Mrs. Robinson chorus, Country Roads verse. Look for another Easy Alto Songs download coming soon! (OR - if you have song requests, send them my way before it comes out.)
Exercises and songs come in PDF, KTabS (Kalimba Tablature Software), and MP3 (sound files of KTabS playing). The KTabS computer program for Windows lets you play the KTabS files for each song. KTabS will display the tablature on the screen and play the sound for the song, highlighting the notes as the are played. So, you can hear exacty what the song is supposed to sound like. KTabS is the Guitar Hero of kalimba. The KTabS Player is free and the full KTabS Program, which lets you write your own music or modify THIS music, is $30. You can purchase KTabS at the KTabS website.