Playing the Hugh Tracey Karimba


This book 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. 42 pages, CD included.

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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.

Now, there is a great book on how to play the African-tuned Karimba. This book explores the unique note layout, and how that note layout leads you to different melodies and rhythms. While harmony is usually not a part of traditional African music, we do explore the connection between western harmony and the arpeggios that come easily to the karimba. Our unique karimba tablature makes learning to play the karimba a breeze!

42 pages, B/W photos, CD included.

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Weight 0.25000000 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × 11 × 0.2 in
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.