B11 Melody Kalimba


A sweet kalimba, more capable than the B9 Sansula.

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Playing this instrument is like a burst of joy. It is a great personal instrument and travels well. For adults or older children.

The B11 “Melody” Kalimba, made by the same people who make the Sansula, is a much more capable instrument.  It is in the key of G, which is generally useful, and has a range of G3 (G below middle C) to A5 (two octaves and a whole step above the lowest note).  The two octave range is important.  The lower octave is sparsely populated, which makes this good for accompaniment.  The upper octave has every note in the G major scale, plus one more note in the high A, which means there are a lot of melodies you can play on this instrument.

Listen to these sound clips:

B11 in Standard G Tuning

G Ake Bono Tuning<

C Bothian Tuning

Four Winds Tuning (was: Eb Celestine Tuning)

Wizard Tuning (was: Hitzazkiar Tuning)

Additional information

Weight 1.2 lbs
Dimensions 4.5 × 6.25 × 1.9 in

B11 Kalimba Video

This “Multi-Mode Music” is the last piece in the B11 Book, and it showcases the divrsity of modes that the B11 easily covers.

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.