Hugh Tracey African-Tuned Karimba with Pickup
The karimba is similar to the mbira from Zimbabwe. It has 17 tines organized in two rows, but at first glance the organization isn't logical. However, as you begin to learn how to play this instrument, you will discover its inherent logic, which especially lends itself to a traditional African sound.
Andrew Tracey says that this is closely related to THE ORIGINAL metal-tined kalimba from 1300 years ago.
- Hear what the African-tuned Karimba Sounds Like! The notes don't fall on the exact western intervals.
- Hear what the G-tuned Karimba Sounds Like with Buzzers! This one has been tuned to G major so it can play with the other types of kalimba.
- Hear what the G-tuned Karimba Sounds Like with tape on the Buzzers! Some people don't like the buzzers. By putting scotch tape over the buzzers, you can dampen their effect.
- Hear what the G-tuned Karimba Sounds Like WITHOUT Buzzers! Of course, if you don't like the buzz, you can take them all off in about 60 seconds.
There are numerous books and instructional downloads available for the Karimba. Learn more about the African-tuned Karimba in the "How to Play" pages.
G minor retuning of trad. African layout.
Yekermo Sew, G minor retuning of trad. African layout.