How to Hold a Kalimba

How to Hold a Kalimba

The first thing you want to do when you recieve your first Kalimba is play it. Based on kalimba up to 17 keys, depending on the size of your instrument, coupled with the size of your hands and length of thumbs, it can feel a little awkward at first. So what is the right way…

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How Does a Kalimba Work & How Loud are They? (in decibels)

How Does a Kalimba Work & How Loud are They? (in decibels)

The modern Mbira is more commonly known as a Kalimba. An instrument that is ancient in origin, its heritage entrenched in African history and important in local culture. A Kalimba can sound divine but how does it work and produce sound? A Kalimba works by plucking steel keys of differing lengths and pitch with the…

Melody in Percussion – More than you would imagine

Percussion is often viewed and nothing more than drums in modern music, and understanding the difference between definite and indefinite pitch in the percussion family helps us answer the question, Can percussion instrument play a melody? Percussion instruments such as Marimba, Handpan, Tongue Drum and Kalimba can not only produce melody but can create some…

Why Percussion is Important & Why Music Needs It (Sometimes)

Music is a complicated world with ups and downs that influence everyone who listens, and many people get confused as which parts are the most important. Many times pop and rock bands will find their lead singer or guitar players as the most popular, or orchestras will give little attention to the rhythm section. So…

[EASY] How to Tune a Kalimba Properly (Tools, Tips & Scales)

[EASY] How to Tune a Kalimba Properly (Tools, Tips & Scales)

Keeping your Kalimba in tune is the single most important thing you can do to continue enjoying to play your instrument and to maintain motivation to practice and improve your technique. There are two ways to look at Kalimba Tuning. To ‘Tune a Kalimba’ is adjusting each tine individually to a specific pitch so the…