Playing the Hugh Tracey Karimba

The African-tuned Karimba is quickly becoming a new favorite to me. It is an ancestor of the mbira, and may represent our clearest view of what the first African kalimbas looked like. The double rows of tines are especially cool.

Now, there is a great book on how to play the African-tuned Karimba. This book explores the unique note layout, and how that note layout leads you to different melodies and rhythms. While harmony is usually not a part of traditional African music, we do explore the connection between western harmony and the arpeggios that come easily to the karimba. Our unique karimba tablature makes learning to play the karimba a breeze!

42 pages, B/W photos, CD included. Listen to some of the exercises in this book:

Playing the Hugh Tracey Karimba
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