Patterns 2019 - Patterns 2020/21 - Patterns 2022

First basic video with 4 patterns:

These are melodic patterns whose parts are complementary and create a polyrhythm.
These patterns are not derived directly from a traditional repertoire and does not pretend to replace traditional kalimba learning.
It is advisable to use the basics outlined here as a canvas and use his intuition (wether you feel being a musician or not! ) to develop his own melodies and to make the kalimba sing.

In each series, each pattern is developed in two differents tempi:
A: slow tempo, in order to well detailed.
B: normal tempo (basic).

Pattern 1 Slow tempo

Pattern 1 Normal tempo


Pattern 2 Slow tempo

Pattern 2 Normal tempo


Pattern 3 Slow tempo

Pattern 3 Normal tempo


Pattern 4 Slow tempo

Pattern 4 Motif 1 Normal tempo

4 sequences played together :

4 B units are played one after the other and are superimposed to create a polyrhythm. We hope that these patterns motivate you in the practice of the kalimba.

Our monthly videos

July 2019 - Pattern : 02

August 2019 - Pattern : 03

A video that addresses electro-acoustic kalimbas at the same time as a tutorial. The first loop is Pattern n ° 4 (already detailed in slow tempo and normal tempo just before the 4 Pattern video).
After the loop of the second Pattern which is superimposed on the first, it is the improvisation where we can hear Pattern n ° 2 (see also "4 motifs") and the inspiration of the moment. You can, of course, rather than using a looper or recording, playing 2 or more and ringing different patterns, which it is recommended to find by yourself!

September 2019 - Pattern : 04

A video on contrechants.
Firstly, it is Pattern n ° 1 which is exposed first, then further on it is Pattern n ° 4 (detailed in slow tempo and normal tempo just before the very first video: 4 motifs.)
On each of these 2 motifs, there are successive other superimposed voices and then improvisations. The tuning is as usual the pentatonic E Major (see page "tunings").
The other voices can be made at the fifth, the third, the fourth or another interval that sounds, the main thing is to let act the intuition and creativity!

October 2019 - Pattern : 05

A second video on contrechants (with looper).
It is Pattern 2 first of all (see sanza video, 4 motifs and just before) and then an original Pattern in the second part. For each of the two reasons is played a contrechant. For the solos that overlap next, it's the inspiration of the moment that works!

November 2019 - Pattern : 06

A tutorial on ternary rhythms (also called 6/8). First of all, a simple Pattern which we will call "Ternary Pattern n ° 1", then a second Pattern which I then develop, with a right thumb / left thumb independence interesting to integrate.
We will name this Pattern "Ternary Pattern n ° 2" for the beginning, from 0:25 until 0:44, then "Ternary Pattern n ° 2 bis" from 0:59 until the end of the video.

December 2019 - Pattern : 07

Here are variations on the ternary patterns from the previous video. First on the ternary motif n ° 1, then on the 2 bis.

See the rest of the 2020 and 2021 tutorials : Page 02

You can find all the videos on our Youtube channel

To improve your practice of kalimba, here are 3 progressive tutorial playlists (using the patterns above) :Playlists

Good music !

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