kalimba faq

Do kalimba's have sharps and flats?

    Sharps and flat notes are specific notes that can be tuned, this all depends on the tuning. 

    Can you get an electric kalimba?

    Yes, you can and they are awesome. If you do get one, it's worth noting that you will also need an amp to connect it up to. This is the electric kalimba that we recommend.

    How much do Kalimba's cost?

    Kalimba's can range from about £7 for a small budget instrument to £169 for a luxury german made kalimba that is made from a drum and has stunning resonance.

    Is a Kalimba easy to learn?

    it’s considered an easy instrument to learn to play and you can learn very quickly. Although to play the instrument to its full potential just like any other music instrument, to play it professionally you will need to practice for years. 

    How do you record a Kalimba?

    studio microphone recording kalimba

    Place a studio microphone near your kalimba, plug in headphones, and listen to the audio whilst you play. Adjust the positioning of the microphone or the instrument until you are happy with the sound.

    Where can I find Kalimba tabs?

    We have a ton of free kalimba sheet tabs on our website, we are always adding new ones so check them out now.

    What is the easiest song to play on kalimba?

    This is of course debatable but I would say that the easiest song to play on the kalimba is twinkle twinkle little star. The song uses only a few notes and can be broken up into only two parts, with the first parts being notes C, C, G, G, A, A, G and the second part being F, F, E, E, D, D, C.

    Can you play any song on the Kalimba?

    As long as you have enough keys, you absolutely can. If you can learn it, you can play it.

    What are the best Kalimba books?

    Kalimba song book

    1. Kalimba Songbook: 50 Easy Classic Songs
    2. The Big Kalimba Songbook: 100+ songs 
    3. Kalimba Songbook: Christmas Songs
    4. Kalimba Songbook: Hymns & Songs of worship
    5. Kalimba goes Classical: Melodies of the Great Masters

    What kalimba is suited to me?

    If you have no prior experience, we would recommend a kalimba that does not have too many tines as it can help you get used to the instrument without you feeling overwhelmed.

    If you do have some experience then you will want to go for one that has a full scale of keys that comes with a tuning hammer so that you can custom tune your instrument. If you would like more information before purchasing one check out our buying guide on the most popular thumb piano kalimba.

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