Download: Playing The WIzard – Exotic Tuning for B11


Instructional download for the B11 in “Wizard Tuning”.

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 I used to call the B11 Wizard tuning the “A minor Hitzaskiar” tuning. It is a Persian-sounding minor scale, similar to the harmonic minor, but with a raised 4th. But it seems so magical, like a wizard waving his or her wand over a little magical music box in a Harry Potter movie, that I had to change its name to the right one – the Wizard!
The new Wizard  B11 ebook has a very gentle and measured approach, helping you to learn patterns and chords and encouraging you to create your own compositions from these bits and pieces.

The Wizard tuning is reminiscent of the Freygish tuning – a straight harmonic minor without the augmented 6th possibilities. The B11 (with its 11 notes) doesn’t have as many notes as the Freygish Karimba’s 17 tines, and the lower octave is sparsely populated, making the B11 Wizard less capable than the Freygish Karimba, but also easier to navigate and less intimidating.

You have several options for enjoying The Wizard B11 tuning: you could retune your own B11in standard tuning and then purchase the Wizard’s beautiful 36-page instructional download and learn a host of easy spells for your B11 to cast. Or you could send your B11 kalimba in standard tuning to the Kalimba Doctor, and we’ll retune it for you and send it back. Or you could purchase a new B11 or B11 Elektra kalimba in the Wizard exotic tuning, and we’ll include the instructional download as a gift.


The Wizard’s Delight illustrates the spooky but exotic feel of this B11 tuning’s music.


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.