10-Note and 17-Note Spiral Kalimbas


Spiral-10 Kalimba and Spiral-17 Kalimba package deal, with two hard copy books: “Intro to 10-Note/C” and “Intro to 17-Note/C” plus Duets download. Great way to connect with your kids or grandkids.

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This is a perfect pairing of instruments for a more experienced player and a less experienced player to learn together.

The 10-Note kalimba has wider tines with more space in between, making it easier to play. The biggest advantage of the 10-Note however, is that it is conceptually easier. With five tines on the left and five tines on the right, it really feels as if you could understand this instrument and learn to play it well. And of course, you can. That said, there is actually a lot you can do with the 10-Note kalimba, and its tone is lovely. It is also an instrument that you can play for several years and still advance on it.

And those 10 notes just happen to match the lower (central) 10 notes of the 17-Note kalimba. They are painted the same way.

So, parent could play the 17-Note and child could play the 10-Note.  Parent can teach child on the lower 10 notes of their instrument. Then when child gets it, parent can go and play the melody an octave higher, and the two together can make some really beautiful music.

Of course, the real magic happens when child graduates to the 17-Note and then starts to teach the parent how to play.

Additional information

Weight 2.2 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 × 8 × 5 in


“”Butterfly Tree”, a duet with both 10-note and 17-note kalimbas, is in the duets ebook.

“First Look Inside” played on the 10-Note Heart Kalimba

“Forgiveness” played on the 17-Note kalimba.

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.