Jamming! on the Olive-9 Kalimba – DOWNLOAD


Want to learn the cool, yet simple, Olive-9 Kalimba? This 36-page eBook and supporting web page with sound recordings will help you discover the secrets of this fun kalimba. Also comes with eBook download permissions.

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This is a 36-page PDF eBook. The eBook has live links to the sound recordings that accompany.

Who plays the Olive-9 Kalimba?

In the standard pentatonic tuning, the Olive is a great instrument for fiery improvising and jamming. I invite you to jam along with me as I show you the ropes on this kalimba – what it was built to do, and what it does easily. I use a variety of instructional modalities: geometrical patterns, tablature, image and word-based instruction, and numbers-based instruction. But the most important way I reach out to help you play the Olive-9 Kalimba is through the sound recordings I have made of each song, often with backing tracks for you to solo over.

The freedom of the pentatonic tuning can also lead the player to meditative playing – sparse floating melodies that linger in the air and invite us inward with a touch of serenity.

And the simplicity of this 9-note kalimba design also makes it an interesting choice for beginning kalimba players.


This is the final song in the Olive-9 Book. (The rest of the book is much easier lessons.)

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.