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Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimba
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The Hugh Tracey Kalimba blended some of the best aspects of several different traditional instruments, but was tuned to a western scale to facilitate western melody and harmony. The Hugh Tracey Kalimba started the Kalimba Craze of the 1960s. Maurce White of Earth, Wind and Fire and Taj Majal played Hugh Tracey Kalimbas in the 1970s. The same great Hugh Tracey Kalimbas are still available today.
The Hugh Tracey line of Kalimbas, thanks to the efforts of kalimba master Mark Holdaway, are the original kalimbas made by African Musical Instruments in Grahamstown, South Africa since 1965. Made from Kiaat wood and high quality spring steel, these are real musical instruments and are easy to play, not just a pretty coffee table ornament.
The Alto Kalimba, with its two octave range in the G major scale makes this kalimba easy to understand. The relatively wide spacing between the tines makes this kalimba easy to play, especially if you have large hands.
Simply a delight - when people first bring this instrument home, they literally play it for hours. But people who have played it for 20 or 30 years are still working to improve. Very simple to play but difficult to master, these kalimbas sound and feel wonderful. Modern-sounding special effects can be created without electronics when you cover and uncover the sound holes. Single note melodies, two melodies in counterpoint, chords, and more complex arrangements can be created on this simple box. There is a growing body of instructional material available for the whole family of Hugh Tracey Kalimbas.