How to Read Kalimba Tabs


Kalimba Tabs are a great and easy way to learn your favorite songs, but how do you read Kalimba Tabs?

Tablatures, or tabs are a visual representation, or map of the song and the notes that you need to play. They are a great way for beginners to learn songs that they know and love

A normal kalimba tab looks like a series of vertical bars. Each bar represents each of the tines on the kalimba. There are usually 17 tines that you can play on a standard kalimba (some have 15) . Along the represented lines are dots. When you get to a dot, you play that tine. (a little like playing guitar hero)

You always start from the bottom, and as you work your way up the page, you play each note. You should start to recognise the song you are playing.

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Good! So hello again and welcome! So we are now in Episode 3 of our mini course in Kalimba. So first we’ll use tablatures, shall we? How do we read the tablatures? For this demonstration we’re going to use the GECKO Basic Book so basically if you’re reading your tables start from bottom to top left goes right that’s what the tablature looks like and you can see at the bottom there are actually numbers so you know where to start ok it also shows you how many parts We’ve got this four part song okay. So we’ll notice at the bottom there are messages, okay. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? Because this is actually a representation of your kalimba see lowest C just like your lowest kalimba is also C, right? And D…D basically this is a “paper version” of your kalimba so to speak and as you can see on the side, this is actually music notes. It’s actually very simple if you put it on the right side you can see and look at the line here it means you’re going to play this together. This is one, together, one, together, one together. So what are we here for just so you know how to read it even you read it from bottom to top If you see keys aligned together that means you need to press them together, okay? Now for the timeframes I will only show you what the notes symbolize okay so this represents your time. How long note. Now since kalimba no they have preserved, for example, it’s a four count. So example two, three, four don’t do this to hold it. you just count in your head and then go now for the numbers that’s how they write the numbering numbers but I find this too complicated and then this version if you’re going to look there are the numbers on top of each other this is how they write the notes you play together like this, look in the bars Suggest a specific time frame how to play this is what I like. Where in they’ll write the lyrics so you know the timing of the song, right? This is easier now what I’ve noticed is that they don’t really put in what they normally do if it’s letters they only use to denote your chords while some people find it easier if you’re going to use letters instead of numbers and that’s also good for numbers or letters, I notice that a common way but Not the general way of how people use it rather than doing what is here on the guide people write the lyrics, then if it’s a chord or if you’re going to play the notes together they’re off that means they ‘re all played together or maybe you’ll see a dash (-) so if I saw – it means that they also played together. You may be wondering what does that mean? A circle only represents your key of Kalimba so if you see points on your song that just represents “Oh it’s higher B” “Oh, it’s higher B!” If it’s double I hope this quick tutorial was able to help you at least I succeeded clearer I hope so, with that being said, thanks for ending part 3 of our 10-part series of your mini course in Kalimba Ok, so it is said thank you for your time and God bless in you.

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