(Please Note: the number next to the title corresponds with
the number on the order form).
The Original "Hugh
Tracey" Kalimba. Hugh Tracey - my father - was one of the great
men of Africa; like Dr. Livingstone, he was an explorer - not of the
countryside but of African culture. He founded The International Library
of African Music which my brother, Dr. Andrew Tracey ran for the past
30 years in association with Rhodes University.
Hugh Tracey collected and studied the musical instruments of Africa,
and was particularly fascinated by a family of instruments known as
mbira. He found about 100 different varieties, from the simplest
ones of the Bushmen with 6 notes to the complex models of Zimbabwe with
over 30 notes; with 5, 6 and 7 note scales, with gourds for resonators,
stretched membranes and metal rattles for the buzzing effect which is
characteristic of the African sound.
He designed the Kalimba for people who are accustomed to the
scale we find in the Western world (the diatonic scale). His brilliant
design makes playing simple tunes so easy and satisfying, and harmonies
and vibrato can be added simultaneously!
After experimenting with several woods, he settled on a hardwood called
Kiaat. The notes are made of spring steel and arrive pre-tuned. However
they can be moved to change keys. My cassette explains all these details.
To hear sample tunes on a Treble Kalimba, click
here, or play it yourself - either with your mouse or with keyboard
letters. This is also a way to check the tuning on your instrument.
To order any of the following items, please go to my order blank.
1) Treble Kalimba-
this is the standard model. It has 17 notes with a range of over 2 octaves.
There are holes on the back which are used for the vibrato effect. This
is the most versatile model. Only 8 left @ $110.00
2) Celeste Kalimba
- this model is thinner and ideal for smaller hands. I generally recommend
a starting age of 5 for girls and 7 for boys. The tone of the Celeste
is a little softer than the Treble, but great for recordings. It does
not have the vibrato holes, but a very ethereal sound can be obtained
on a mike. 17 notes. Only 6 left @ $99.00 BUY NOW
3) Alto Kalimba - slightly
lower in pitch and fuller in sound. It has the vibrato holes, and with
15 notes spans 2 octaves. An ideal partner for the Treble. Only 7 left @ $104.00. This is a special price because they have built in mikes which, unfortunartely, are not good. Acoustically perfect, but don't try plugging them in! BUY NOW
4) Junior Celeste Kalimba-
like the Celeste (above) but with 11 notes tuned to a pentatonic scale
and wider spaced for younger children. 10 left @ $65.00 BUY
5) How To Play The Hugh
Tracey Kalimba.- Instruction cassette by Paul Tracey. This
30 minute course is designed to help the beginner identify the notes,
start picking out tunes and find the harmony notes. If you want to learn
to play by ear, this is it! FREE. I'll email you an MP3 of this if you want.
the African Mbira." This is a 32 page booklet with information
on music fundamentals and several tunes specially written out for the
Kalimba. $6.00 BUY NOW
6) Kalimba Fundamentals
- for treble, alto or pentatonic instruments. Books with CDs by Mark
Holdaway. These books and CDs cover care for the kalimba, care for your
thumb nails, playing techniques, chords, scales, left-right coordination
exercises, and integrating melody with backup chords. An ingenious yet
simple form of tablature provides clear and precise directions. Also
music for Christmas Carols. $23 to $28
here for more details and prices.
here for some interesting links about mbiras.