Tunings

An infinite number of tunings are possible on a kalimba:
With our models , it's easy to change the pitch of the notes
Simply lift the reed from the back bridge with the left index finger to release it, then pinching the front part of the reed between the thumb and index of the right hand, slide and bring to the desired position.
The butterfly nuts maintain pressure on the reeds, it may be necessary to tighten a bit if this one is insufficient.

accordage d'une kalimba
Diffrents tunings

Accordage d'une kalimba à 7 lames :

accordage d'une kalimba à 7 lames

Accordage d'une kalimba à 9 lames :

accordage d'une kalimba à 9 lames

Accordage d'une kalimba à 11 lames :

accordage d'une kalimba à 11 lames
Tuning in video

Scale of E major pentatonic.

The scale rises and falls playing alternately the two thumbs, starting from the right.

It is possible, of course,to reverse the tuning for a left-handed.
It seems that the practice of kalimba tends to liberate us from our habits of left-handed or right handed


Play chords.

It is possible to play chords on a kalimba:


Play a tremolo:

tremolo with the thumb or index finger and middle finger


Changing the basic tuning.
E
Mi
F#
Fa#
G#
Sol#
B
Si
C#
Do#
E
Mi
F#
Fa#
G#
Sol#
B
Si
C#
Do#
E
Mi
"
"
"
"
D#
Ré#
"
"
A
La
"
"
"

Ce qui donne:

E
Mi
F#
Fa#
G#
Sol#
B
Si
D#
Ré#
E
Mi
F#
Fa#
A
La
B
Si
C#
Do#
E
Mi

En terme de degré:

1
tonique
2
seconde
3
tierce
5
quinte
7
septième
1
tonique
2
seconde
4
quarte
5
quinte
6
sixte
1
tonique


Here we find the seven notes of the major diatonic scale.


Other modification of the basic tuning:

You can also change the sixth in dominant seventh, which allows blues chords

E
Mi
F#
Fa#
G#
Sol#
B
Si
D
E
Mi
F#
Fa#
G#
sol#
B
Si
D
E
Mi


Kalimba blues


Another modification tuning: a very bluesy effect

For this we use both the minor and major third

E
Mi
G
Sol
G#
sol#
B
Si
C#
Do#
E
Mi
G
Sol
G#
sol#
B
Si
C#
Do#
E
Mi
"
tierce
mineure
tierce
majeure
"
"
"
tierce
mineure
tiece
majeure
"
"
"


La kalimba aime le blues...

Have fun and try it now!
he kalimba is ideal for exploring the various scales and harmonies.