Kalimba Americana for Alto Kalimba (Book)


This 54-page book has tablature for 29 songs, with an ancillary web page with sound recordings. American classics arranged for 15-Note ALTO Kalimba. Ranges from very easy to moderately challenging.

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This hard copy book contains music in the traditions of American folk, Spirituals, and Patriotic music, with a few protest songs thrown in, to make a collection as wonderful and as diverse as the people of America. Arranged for the 15-Note Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimba in the key of G. If you want to learn to play like a pro, this is a great place to start!

54 pages with tablature for 29 songs (four are repeats with basic and advanced versions). Sound recordings of each song are available from an ancillary web page, reach via URL or QR code. Songs rated between Level 0 and Level 4. Of the 29 songs, 18 are Level 0, 1, or 2, making this a good option for beginning kalimba players. The songs below are ordered from easiest to most difficult.

* Ha Ha Thisaway
* The Muffin Man
* Clementine
* Deep In The Heart of Texas
* Here We Go Looby Loo
* Oh! Susanna
* Marines Hymn  –  Basic
* Fanfare for the Common Man
* My Grandfather?s Clock – Basic
* Taps
* This Train – Basic
* Cielito Lindo – Basic
* Wade In The Water
* Yankee Doodle
* Follow the Drinking Gourd
* American the Beautiful
* Take Me Out To The Ball Game
* Blackberry Blossom
* Streets of Laredo
* When Johnny Comes Marching Home
* Home on the Range
* Marine?s Hymn  –  Advanced
* My Grandfather?s Clock – Advanced
* The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn
* This Train – Advanced
* Simple Gifts
* Battle Hymn of the Republic
* Cielito Lindo – Advanced
* The Girl I Left Behind Me


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Weight 0.3 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 8.5 × 0.1 in


American Medley on Bb Treble Kalimba (ie, with the same note layout as the Alto kalimba):

  • The Marine’s Hymn
  • Battle Hymn of the Republic
  • My Country Tis of Thee
  • Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream
  • We Shall Overcome


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.