Playing the Hugh Tracey Karimba – DOWNLOAD


This PDF ebook is a westerner’s understanding of the African-tuned Hugh Tracey Karimba. We explore the traditional note layout of the karimba in this book of exercises, riffs, and songs, using specialized Karimba Tablature. 44 pages, live links to sound files.

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The African-tuned Karimba has becoming a favorite to me. It is an ancestor of the mbira, and may represent our clearest view of what the first African kalimbas looked like. The double rows of tines are especially cool.

This download ebook is a look from a western musical perspective on the traditional African-tuned Karimba.  We explore the unique note layout, and how that note layout leads you to different melodies and rhythms. We especially explore the harmony of the karimba, what chords it can play, and how the karimba arpeggiates those chords into rich textures and multi-line melodies.

Our unique karimba tablature makes learning to play the karimba a breeze!

44 pages, B/W photos, live links to the sound recordings for each song or exercise.


Sound File for the “Cool Pattern” from the example page (see the extra images).

Learn more about the karimba.


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.