Hugh Tracey Hugh Tracey Student Karimba This karimba could be very similar to the first metal-tined kalimbas made in Africa some 1300 years .. Product #: HT_StudentKarimba Regular price: $64.00 $64.00

Hugh Tracey Student Karimba

Brand: Hugh Tracey
Product Code: HT_StudentKarimba

Price: $64.00

Available Options

* Student Karimba Tuning:

If you don't select, we'll ship in "G Tuning".  You can learn more about the alternative tunings on the student karimba tuning page.

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This instrument has the same tuning thought to be the original mbira tuning from over 1000 years ago. Great for kids or beginners who want an African connection.

Andrew Tracey, Hugh Tracey's son, recognized that every ancient African lamellaphone (ie, kalimba) had the same eight notes placed prominently in the center of the instrument, and the ancient traditional tunes seemed to be based on these eight notes. Andrew dubbed these eight notes the "kalimba core", and further hypothesized that these eight notes formed the "original African mbira" from 1300 years ago when the people of the Zambezi River Valley started to use metal.

Listen to these sound clips:

Student Karimba in C

Student Karimba in High G

This student karimba is usually in the key of G so it goes with the Student Karimba book. The ninth note is a redundant middle G on the far right side, which makes this instrument match the lower row of tines on the 17-Note Hugh Tracey Karimba.

Learn more about the Student Karimba.