Kalimba Inspiration | Beginner-friendly African Traditional Music Instrument

Kalimba Inspiration | Beginner-friendly African Traditional Music Instrument

Looking for small, light, and cute musical instruments to play with after work or during weekends? Looking for something interesting to cure your boredom and kill time?

Look no further, Kalimba is the perfect traditional musical instruments for you to explore and indulge in this weekend. The melody produces by this instrument is soft, quiet, and sophisticated.

While some of the modern musical instruments are trendy and popular such as Ukulele, Piano, Guitar, Violin, Drums, and many others, Kalimba appears as an exceptional and unusual instrument that has captivated some fans all over the world.

Also known as Mbira or thumb piano, Kalimba is not a mainstream instrument. Thus, a lot of people are not aware of its existence.

It is originated from Africa with a deep musical cultural history of Africans. This traditional music box has 3000 years of history and it is a popular musical instrument in Africa. Original Kalimba is made with African hardwood, “kiaat”, which is a protected tree in some nation of the world.

Some other popular materials are Mahogany bamboo, acacia koa, and sandalwood. Different types of wood material will produce different sounds.

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Kalimba consists of several metal blades or keys, which are mounted in a soundboard.

There are 3 main types of Kalimba, 17 keys, 15 keys, and 11 keys. The keys are different in terms of their length and are typically struck by thumbs to produce different notes.

Normally there is a hole located in front of the Kalimba or at the back. We can cover the holes with our fingers as we pluck the keys with our thumb to create a melody as we like.

What Is So Special With Kalimba?

We can’t deny the fact that it is small, light, and cute. It is also a portable musical instrument that is easy to carry around the world. In addition, it is relatively inexpensive compared to other instruments. Thus, there is no harm trying out this instrument during our free time!

Kalimba is an interesting musical instrument that is fun, simple, straightforward, and most importantly, it is perfect for beginners who have no background or experience in reading musical notes.

It is inexpensive to buy a basic Kalimba and it will serve the purpose of entertaining ourselves!

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Most importantly, Kalimba helps you see music from a different perspective from any other instrument. Kalimba is unique and simple that anyone can learn it easily!

You will practice with thumb dancing on the keys at different speeds to play a song. This requires concentration and it will help you to focus and take you to a different world where only Kalimba and you exist. The simplicity behind guides you to enter a state of the simplicity of mind that is peaceful, soft, open, receptive.

Over time, you will begin to feel the secrets of the melody and the connection between the traditional instruments with your heart. It is another form of mediation that helps us to connect to ourselves and inspires us to become the person we want to be.

Check out the videos below to experience the peaceful notes brought to you by Kalimba.

 

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