I recently added two new instruments to my collection, I would like to introduce them both to you in their own blog posts. The first is the kalimba.
The kalimba is a westernized descendent of a traditional African instrument. It is sometimes also referred to as a thumb piano, due to the predominant use of the thumbs to pluck the tines. The kalimba’s tines are carefully tuned to a specific scale (in my case, C major), alternating each note between the left and right sides of the central lowest note. This layout offers ease of playing scalar passages and octave harmonies.