Kalimba lessons for beginners

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While kalimba is not the hardest instrument you can learn, it can be difficult for beginners. But why would you learn by yourself when you can find simple tutorials and ktabs? 

The list here will help you along the way, and it covers popular and easy songs that are perfect for anyone looking to improve their playing skills. 

Under The Sea

You probably remember Little Mermaid and the song sung by Sebastian. But even if you don’t, here is a great opportunity to remind yourself. 

Under the sea is easy to play, and you won’t need to spend hours learning it. Since this song is perfect for beginners, you can start slow, and work your way up until you can play it on speed. 

My Heart Will Go On – Céline Dion

Titanic made an impact when it arrived in 1997, and you must have heard this one before. The song is catchy, and it’s easy to play. Don’t let it fool you, though. 

This version for kalimba has two instruments playing. While you can learn both, you can focus only on the one with ktabs. 

You Are My Sunshine

Another simple song you can try is “You are my sunshine.” You won’t need to practice this song much, and you probably already know how easy it is. 

This is why it’s perfect for anyone who is just starting their kalimba journey and learning their place around tines. It is especially convenient if you have 17-key kalimba since this song will allow you to play it perfectly in just a few tries. 

Rolling In The Deep – Adele

Now this song is a bit more complex but it is still something you can learn to play even if you are a beginner. 

The song focuses on vocals, so you won’t have to worry about the instruments playing it. It is a nice tune, and we all remember how popular this song was a couple of years ago. 

Careless Whisper – George Michael

Careless Whisper is evergreen. The song was released in 1984 by Wham!, and it quickly became a hit. What is more important, the song is not so difficult to play, and you will have tons of fun learning it. 

Even though the legendary saxophone plays the intro, you can make it sound a bit more unique with your kalimba.

Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd

“Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd is one of the most emotional and recognizable songs in rock music. Interestingly, the song isn’t losing at all if you play it on kalimba instead of guitar. 

However, this is not the easiest song on the list, and you might need to practice it a bit to perfect each part of the song. But you can make it!

Seven Nation Army – White Stripes

This legendary song by Jack White is easy to play on any instrument. Many recommend learning it if you are a beginner guitar player. 

Similarly, you can learn it on kalimba in no time. The song is fun to play, and you will improve your skills on the thumb piano. 

Harry Potter – Theme

It almost seems like John Williams wrote this song for kalimba. Harry Potter theme is one of the easiest and recognizable themes you can learn, and playing it on kalimba sounds especially good. 

If you grew up reading about the adventures of this famous wizard, you will enjoy revisiting it with your beloved instrument. 

Bring Me To Life – Evanescence 

Evanescence and Amy Lee made quite an impact on the entire world in 2003 with their song Bring me to life. It seems impossible that you never heard this one, and playing it on kalimba should be your next goal. 

But beware, this song is not the easiest one, and you might need a bit of practice to nail every note down. 

Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley

Even though Jeff Buckley died young, he still managed to leave so many incredible songs. One of the most famous songs by this incredible artist is Hallelujah. 

There is a chance that you heard some of the versions, but here, we will talk about the original. The song is fun, emotional, and easy to play. So grab your kalimba, and start practicing.

How Deep Is Your Love – Bee Gees

Bee Gees were big in the seventies and How deep is your love is just one of their many hits. This song is among easier ones on the list, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t need to practice it. 

However, you won’t need to spend hours, and you’ll probably master it quite fast. 

Carry On My Wayward Son – Kansas

Though you might think that this song is difficult to play, you should know that this version focuses on vocals and the main theme, so you won’t have to worry about heavy guitar riffs. 

One of the legendary songs by Kansas can be your next song to practice, and you will undoubtedly have so much fun learning it. 

Castle In The Sky

No, this isn’t The Castle on the Cloud from Les Misérables, but the theme song from Castle in the Sky film from 1986. The song is incredibly fun to play, and it’s perfect for beginners. 

However, even if you are not a beginner you can still have a lot of fun learning it. The theme song is beautiful, and the real name of the song is Carrying You.

Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley

Any list without Elvis on it is not really a good list. This classic is one of the most recognizable songs by Elvis, and there are so many covers available. The song was originally released in 1961, but it still sounds incredible after all these years. 

Furthermore, the song is in the “easy” category, so you probably won’t have any trouble learning it. 

La Vie En Rose – Édith Piaf

The song had many interpretations since it was initially released in 1947. Besides Édith Piaf, there is a version by Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Donna Summer, and many more. 

Now, you can make your own version using kalimba and these tabs. The song is perfect for players who already had a bit of experience playing the instrument. 

Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin

Many claim that this is the best rock song in history, and whether you agree or not, you can’t deny its presence in popular culture and the impact it had. 

Fortunately, you won’t need to be a virtuoso to learn how to play this song. For kalimba, the song will follow vocals and you can learn it in no time. 

Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra

Bart Howard wrote the song in 1954, but Sinatra made it popular. It is one of the finest songs by this legendary singer, and you can learn how to play it on the kalimba. 

The difficulty of the song is medium, which means that absolute beginners shouldn’t start with this one, but they can learn it after practicing for a while. 

Let It Be – The Beatles

The song was written and recorded by Paul McCartney in 1969, and it was released on the album named The Beatles. 

It is one of the most recognizable songs by the Beatles, and as many of their songs, it is quite easy to play. You can learn how to play Let it be even if you are a beginner. 

I See The Light 

Disney movies always had incredible songs and themes, and Tangled is no different. The movie about Rapunzel is amazing, and you can learn the song I see the light even if you are a beginner. 

So, if you enjoyed watching the adventures of this Disney princess, there is no doubt that you’ll love learning this song. 

Take On Me – A-ha

If you ever watched this video, you probably fell in love with it the second you saw it. But if you thought that the song is difficult to play, that’s not the case. 

Even though the song is difficult to sing, the playing part is excellent even for beginners. 

Toss A Coin To Your Witcher 

Whether you are a fan of video games, TV shows, or books, it seems almost impossible that you haven’t heard about the famous Geralt of Rivia. 

Recent Netflix adaptation of the Witcher books gave us so many incredible things, and Jaskier’s song is just one of them. Now, you can learn how to play “Toss a Coin to Your Witcher” on your kalimba!

Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Judy Garland

Let’s check another classic. The movie Wizard of Oz made quite an impact on the music industry. But one of the most recognizable parts of the movie is a song named “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” 

Judy Garland did an incredible job, and now you can learn how to play it on the kalimba. 

Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day

You can play any music genre on kalimba, and there are no limits to what you can achieve. In 2004, Green Day released American Idiot which is one of the best albums of their career. 

If you are a fan of this band, you’ll love the fact that you can easily learn to play “Wake me up When September Ends.”

Bad Guy – Billie Eilish

There is no doubt that Billie Eilish took modern music by the storm, and one of the songs that became a hit worldwide is “Bad Guy.” 

If you are looking for some modern songs to learn, this might be a perfect starting point. Bad Guy is easy for beginners, fun, and recognizable. 

Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran

It seems that there was a point where you could hear Shape of You wherever you go. Not to say that it is a bad thing, and there is a reason why everyone went crazy for this British musician. 

If you are a fan of his unique music and style, you should learn how to play it on the kalimba. Trust me, it’s easy, and you’ll learn it quite fast. 

Game Of Thrones Theme

There are so many fans of this TV show, and surprisingly, everyone loved the song on the intro (unlike the last season). If you are one of the people that enjoyed listening to it, you can learn it using the link below. 

And if you are wondering if the song is difficult, you will have a much better time than most of the characters from the show. 

Imagine – John Lennon

Late John Lennon tried to tell us how beautiful the world can be if we just focused on love and caring for each other. 

There is no doubt that this is the best song by John Lennon, and you can easily learn how to play it on the kalimba. Learning it is perfect for beginners, and there won’t be any tricky parts you need to figure out. 

Davy Jones Theme – Hans Zimmer

One of the most beautiful themes in cinema is Davy Jones theme from Pirates of the Caribbean. The song perfectly captures his love for Calypso and it just shows how amazing Hans Zimmer is. 

And since the kalimba can create such incredible sounds, the song is equally beautiful when you play it on the thumb piano.

Jingle Bells 

Even though it’s not Christmas yet, it’s never too early to prepare for holidays. All jokes aside, there aren’t many songs that are easier than Jingle bells. 

You can play this song on almost any instrument, and even if it seems too simple, it can be a nice practice to get to know your instrument better.

Everything I Do – Bryan Adams

Interestingly, this song was written by Adams and legendary Michael Kamen for the movie Robin Hood. Over the years, the song became enormously popular across the world. 

You can easily learn how to play this beautiful song on kalimba as well. The song is simple, and it sounds amazing on the thumb piano.

All Of Me – John Legend 

John Legend became rather popular and there is no chance that you missed it if you listen to the radio. The song “All of me” is fun to play, and there is something special and unique in the way it sounds on the kalimba. 

Fortunately, the song is suitable for beginners as well, and you won’t need any complicated techniques to learn it. 

Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

One of Clapton’s most popular ballads is Wonderful Tonight, and the song sounds incredible on the kalimba. If you are looking to learn this Clapton’s classic, you’re in luck! 

There are so many adaptations of this song available, and here is the one you might enjoy. 

True Color – Phil Collins 

The song was originally recorded by Cyndi Lauper in 1986. Phil Collins recorded his own version almost a decade later for his album …Hits. 

This cover is great for anyone looking to improve their skills, and you won’t need to spend hours and hours practicing it. 

The Scientist – Coldplay

There are so many fans of this British band, and they will be delighted to learn how to play one of their most popular songs. 

The Scientist by Coldplay is played on the piano, and it sounds quite good on the kalimba. Moreover, the song is not difficult to learn, and it’s suitable for any skill level. 

I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

If you are looking to learn newer songs, and are not really a fan of classic rock, you might like the idea of learning to play I’m Yours by Jason Mraz. 

The song is a bit more advanced, but nothing too hard. So you won’t suffer for a long time trying to perfect it. You will need good coordination between your left and right hand, but with enough practice, you’ll be there.

Sweet Child O’ Mine Guns ‘n’ Roses

If you ever dreamed of learning how to play this song, but are not a guitarist, now is your time. Sweet Child O’ Mine is probably the most famous song by Guns ‘n’ Roses. 

However, the kalimba version is definitely not the easiest song you can learn. But if you are looking for a challenge, you should try learning this one. 

Cantina Theme – Star Wars 

Do you remember that band from the cantina on Tatooine that can play only one song? Well, you can learn it now. Don’t let the ktabs confuse you. 

There are two kalimbas playing this song, and you can focus on learning only one, or you can learn both. The only important part is to play the theme over and over again like in the movie. 

In The End – Linkin Park

We all know and love Linkin Park, and for many, it was an important part of childhood. Similarly to the previous entry on the list, there are two kalimbas playing together, and it sounds incredible. 

Needless to say, the song is a bit more complex than the rest on the list, but it’s well worth the time and practice. 

House Of The Rising Sun – Animals

The song is one of the first rock songs ever recorded, and it is a major part of music history. The kalimba version of this song is a bit different than the original one, but it still keeps the essence of the original version. 

Furthermore, it might be a bit challenging if you never had experience playing kalimba before. 

Let Her Go – Passenger

The song Let her go features a beautiful acoustic guitar intro that sounds great on kalimba as well. If you love this song, there is no doubt that you will enjoy learning it on your thumb piano. 

When it comes to difficulty, any skill level can learn this song, and it’s not as complex as others on the list. 

Yesterday – The Beatles

Another classic by the Beatles, Yesterday, is a great song you can learn on the kalimba. 

The best thing about this version is that it requires you to practice coordination between your left and right thumb, to make it sound as good as possible. 

Tale As Old As Time – Beauty And The Beast

With the recent movie adaptation of this Disney classic, many remembered the song Tale as Old as Time that appears in the movie. 

This beautiful song is great for any Disney lover out there, and for anyone looking to improve their skills. 

A Whole New World

Seems like everyone loves Disney songs, and there are so many kalimba covers available online. One of the popular ones is from Aladdin, and the song is intermediate or medium difficulty. 

This means that the song might be challenging for beginners, but they too can learn how to play it with enough practice.

Concerning Hobbits 

If you love the Lord of the Rings you probably know which song this is. The movie series based on Tolkien’s books is one of the best movies you can find, and the music perfectly follows events and stories.

Concerning Hobbits gives you an opportunity to travel back to the Shire after all these years. To help you achieve that, here is a great tutorial for kalimba.

Mr. Sandman – The Chordettes 

Mister Sandman is a beautiful song from 1954, and it sounds so incredible if you play it on the kalimba. 

There is something unique about this instrument, and it is perfectly captured in this version of the song. Moreover, the song itself is not really difficult and it is suitable for any skill level. 

Wind Of Change – Scorpions

One of the most popular songs by this German band, Wind of Change is both simple and fun to play. 

Needless to say, the version is adapted for the kalimba, but it still sounds incredible. The song is great for both beginners and intermediate players. 

Swan Lake – Tchaikovsky

Now, to spice things up, the next addition on the list is by Tchaikovsky. This is one of the best ktabs on the list, and it is a bit challenging. 

While beginners may try this one, there is a high chance that they will have problems with it. Hopefully, this song will serve as a motivation and goal for your kalimba playing. 

Video Games – Lana Del Ray

Video Games is a song from the second album of the American singer, Lana Del Ray. 

Her unique music style and singing seem almost perfect for kalimba, and the song is both fun and emotional. Moreover, it’s great for any skill level, including beginners. 

You’re Still The One – Shania Twain

If you love Shania Twain you will enjoy learning this song. But even if you are not a fan of this Canadian singer, you can still have a great time improving your playing skills. 

You’re Still The One is a great way to progress with the instrument especially if you are inexperienced. 

Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

Finally, there are many Queen lovers out there, and they will be delighted to learn this song. Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the most popular songs by this British band, and it remained popular even after all these years. 

Hopefully, this won’t give you trouble if you are looking to learn how to play it. 


There are so many great songs you can learn on the kalimba, and these are just the tip of the iceberg. But hopefully, they will help you start practicing and understand better how kalimbas work. 

You can also try learning new songs once you finish with these, and continue exploring. The only important thing is to continue practicing and improving your technique and playstyle.

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The journey from being an untrained rookie to being the undisputed master of anything is always one of the weirdest and most difficult paths out there. The Kalimba, or thumb piano, is one of those instruments that people pick up because it’s easy to learn. However, you may be wondering how to play Kalimba.

Start using the Kalimba by practicing each note and repeating shorter songs until you can comfortably handle the instrument. Learning the Kalimba is one of the easiest instruments to learn and with only an hour or more of practice every day you will quickly master the instrument.

There are a few steps you will need to take before you can play the Kalimba with your eyes closed and your hands tied behind your back. You may be wondering how hard it is to actually learn the notes, what parts of your thumb to use, or even which Kalimba is best for first-time users to get. Getting into anything new and unknown can be a challenge for anyone, if you want to master the Kalimba starting outright is the most important step.

Here’s how you can learn to play the Kalimba the easiest way possible.

What is the best Kalimba for beginners?

The best Kalimba for beginners is the simple 10 note kind that can be found in music stores around the world. These are always on the affordable side and will give you a good place to start from, letting you learn the notes without becoming confused as to what all the extra notes are used for.

When you go and purchase your Kalimba you need to check that each note has been engraved onto the tongs as well, this is to ensure you not only learn them, but will assist when you have to eventually tune the Kalimba.

Above the ease of learning the instrument, the 10 note Kalimba has the added advantage of being much less expensive. When you make mistakes, accidentally let the Kalimba slip from your grip, or even forget it outside for a bit too long, having a Kalimba that is not too expensive will save you a lot. It might sound weird but cheaper Kalimba’s are much the preferred way of learning how to play.

How hard is it to learn?

Because a starter Kalimba only has 10 notes it is one of the easiest instruments in the world to learn. Once you have the basics down, the only thing that will be a challenge is repetition, however, getting the basics right is the first step. So you will need to know exactly what to do and how to do it in the beginning.

Which makes the ease of learning the Kalimba so much more important, getting the sound right and learning the notes are all easy. You can learn the Kalimba through YouTube videos, online tutorials, and sometimes just by playing on it randomly throughout the day.

The Kalimba is the easiest percussion instrument you can learn; just be sure you get one aimed at beginners and not a table sized one meant for masters of the art.

What part of your thumbs to use?

This is a question that everyone has in the beginning and there is a right answer, however in the beginning it is best to use the parts of your fingers that you feel the most comfortable using. Many music shops will even ask you to include the thumb tacks, little rubber pieces that you can clip onto your thumbs to play with more ease.

You can use the skin of your thumbs or the nails, depending on what you are comfortable with using. However, the right way of using the Kalimba is by using your nails to make the notes a lot clearer and the sound reach higher levels.

But many beginner players are not able to use their thumbs, they may be manicured, or just simple stress may have caused them to be bitten off. For these instances you use your skin, however, long use of the Kalimba in practice will hurt, causing your thumbs to become raw and hurt.

This is where the thumb tacks come into play, even the best Kalimba players will use them when practicing, while the sound they produce may not be as clear, they will save your fingers from becoming hurt over longer periods of time.

Basic songs to learn on the Kalimba

The same basic song you learn on almost nay percussion instrument, will work for playing on the Kalimba, these can be anything from just twinkle twinkle little star to things like Bella Ciao. However, these are more boring songs to learn, with more modern songs actually being just as easy to learn.

These are some basic modern songs that you can use to not only learn the Kalimba, but to impress your friends at your next gathering:

  • Harry Potter Theme
  • Girls Like You
  • Game Of Thrones Theme
  • My Heart Will Go On
  • On MY Way
  • Fly Me To The Moon
  • Coffin Dance

How much practice does it require to learn?

Like all good instruments you cannot simply learn the Kalimba with only five minutes of practice once a week. To master the notes, becomes proficient at playing the Kalimba, and remember everything you will have to spend hours each week playing and repeating the same songs over and over again.

The best way to start is setting out at least one hour every single day to practice, this will amount to seven hours of practice each week. As you fall in love with the instrument you can vary this, some days spending several hours just playing songs while on others you barely touch the instrument.

However, in the beginning, until you know each and every single note off by heart you should be playing the basic ten notes until you can read them off by heart. Maybe even hearing them when you close your eyes at night to play.

This is the only true way that you will be able to learn the Kalimba to such a level you can comfortably pull it out at parties to impress anyone who hears you play.

What are the notes on a Kalimba

There are many different Kalimbas which can differ in the number of notes included. For instance, you can buy a Kalimba with just 8 Notes, 10 notes, right up to the more common 17 tine Kalimba

Whilst you can often choose which key your Kalimba is in, which will determine the exact pitch of the tines, most starter Kalimbas will have the same 10 notes on them.

These are the basics that will let you learn how to play the songs with such ease you may not even be thinking about what you’re doing.

The basic notes of the Kalimba are:

While these are the notes that the Kalimba have, each one will vary slightly on your Kalimba, with small adjustments required for your Kalimba to be used properly. Sometimes, the only difference in sound can be heard when you’re playing a full song.


There are many things you can learn within a few days, and the Kalimba is one of the easiest and most fun instruments in the percussive instrument family. With only a few hours spent on it each week you can quickly master the instrument to become a Kalimba playing machine.

Sometimes all you want to do is sit back and relax while playing a tune you like, or maybe you want to impress your friends whenever they come and visit.

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Learning something from scratch can always be challenging, and kalimba is no different. If you are looking to learn a new instrument, specifically so-called thumb piano, you probably wanted to learn more. 

But how hard is it to learn to play the kalimba by yourself? It actually is not that hard to learn to play this instrument. If you never had any experience with music, learning how to play kalimba might be the best option for you.

Before you hop on to the local music store, there are several things that you need to know, that might be important for your learning.

How Is The Kalimba Played

The instrument consists of metal tines or teeth that the player will pluck with their thumbs – thus the name “thumb piano.” Usually, kalimba has a resonating box, but it is not rare to find ones with only a simple board with tines attached to the top. 

Kalimba or mbira can have various numbers of keys as well. You can find simpler ones with seven or eight tines, and more advanced ones with seventeen or more. 

The most common type of kalimba has seventeen keys, and you will get one based on the tuning of said keys. 

When you start playing the instrument, you will hold it with both hands, with thumbs over the resonating box. Kalimba is held from the sides, and you should place it in the palms of your hands. 

Furthermore, you can use your index finger to provide more support. From there on, you will use your thumbs to pluck tines and play music. 

Fingernails can have an important part in the playing, and some techniques are not achievable without them. Naturally, when you start learning you will do so using the flesh on your fingertips, gradually progressing towards the fingernail technique. 

How Long Does It Take To Learn How To Play The Kalimba?

There is no secret that kalimba is one of the easiest instruments you can learn. Unlike the regular piano, you won’t have dozens of keys, and complex chords and scales you should learn. 

This means that beginners that possess even a hint of musicality can learn to play something in a matter of minutes. 

Of course, if you aim to become an expert, you will need both time and practice. While the basics of the instrument are simple, more advanced techniques are not as easy to learn. Needless to say, it is still simpler than learning a violin or a piano. 

But either way, you will need to dedicate time and effort to learn everything you can about kalimba. 

Today, you can find so many lessons and tips online, that could help you improve faster, in case you are learning all by yourself. It is always a good idea to learn a bit about music theory because it can help you so much along the way. 

Because kalimbas come in all shapes and sizes, music theory can get you a better understanding of how the instrument works, and what you should do when you encounter a different type of kalimba. 

Even though the music theory is recommended, it is not necessary. Kalimba is one of the rare instruments that you can actually learn without going to music school, due to its simplicity. 

Can You Play Any Song On Kalimba?

Because kalimbas have a limited number of tones, you will be able to play only certain songs. Furthermore, based on the number of tines (or tones) your instrument has, the number of playable songs could rise. 

For example, simple kalimbas with five or seven tines will be able to play basic and simple songs. You won’t be able to play Moonlight Sonata without stripping most of the song. 

The second important aspect is tuning. Kalimbas have a similar idea as harmonicas, where you will get one in a specific key, like C, for example. While you can play songs that aren’t in the key of C, you might have to modify them a bit or switch the key. 

The same rule applies to more complex songs. Even on seventeen-key kalimbas, you won’t get all the notes the piano has. However, you can strip the song to make it more playable and approachable. 

One of the ways to achieve this is to look at the kalimba as a solo instrument. You won’t be able to play the complex or rhythmic parts with every note included. However, you can play the tune, and everyone will know what the song is. 

What Type Of Kalimba Do You Need?

There are so many factors that can be important for you if you are looking to get kalimba. Among the questions you need to ask yourself is what kind of musician you are.

 If you are a beginner that never had experience playing any musical instrument, then a simpler kalimba might be a perfect choice for you. You can get ones with five, six, seven, or eight keys. 

This way, you will learn more about music, how instruments work, and you won’t have a hard time navigating and improving. Naturally, this is not the rule, and even beginners can buy 17-key kalimba if they want to avoid buying a new instrument when they grow out of the old one. 

That leads us to the second type of players – people who had experience playing music but are new to the world of the kalimba. If you are one of them, you can skip the beginner instruments, and buy something like Alto kalimba. 

This thumb piano has two octaves and fifteen keys, and they can be a nice starting point for you. 

Furthermore, if you are a skilled musician, who already had a lot of experience playing kalimba, then you should undoubtedly buy a “serious” instrument. While the number of keys won’t often go over 17, you can still get a higher-quality instrument. 

Finally, based on your musical preferences, you should seek a kalimba that fits your style and personality. Whether you love hymns, classical music, modern songs, or anything else, you can find a kalimba that perfectly fits your taste. 

So, be sure to know what you want to play and where you want to be as a kalimba player. 

What Do I Do Once I Have A Kalimba?

Once you find the instrument that is perfect for you, you should know how to take care of it and make it sound as best as possible. This includes tuning it, maintaining it, and keeping it safe. 

You can also create a list of the songs you want to learn, and start progressing to your musical goal.

There are so many songs available online that you can learn, and today, there are even tablatures for this instrument. Similarly to the guitar tabs, you won’t need to be a musical expert to know how to read this specific type of music sheet. 

Tabs for kalimba are popularly called ktabs, and they show you exactly which tines you should pluck based on the kalimba you have.

Another important thing is to keep your kalimba in tune. If the instrument is out of tune, you will have a difficult time learning and improving. Fortunately, tuning your kalimba is rather easy, and mastering it won’t be a real challenge for you.

Moreover, you can always find lessons online if you don’t want to get a teacher. While learning with a teacher is always a great idea since they can point out your mistakes and help you improve faster, learning by yourself is also an option. 

This way, you can dictate your own tempo, and select on which type of music you want to focus on. 

Most importantly, try to avoid rushing it as much as you can. If you learn things slowly, they will remain in your memory for a longer period of time. You should always try to focus on the quality of learning instead of quantity. So, take your time, and enjoy learning this incredible instrument. 

There Are No Wrong Notes 

One of the things you should remember is that each kalimba comes in a specific key. This means that you won’t have notes that are not in that particular key, which means that you can’t go wrong. 

Take your time, and play with the instrument. You don’t need to be an expert in music theory (although basics will help), and you can focus on creating music. 

Kalimba is known to be a relaxing, almost meditating, instrument. So, focus on your ear and listen to what notes you should play. You can improvise over the songs you play on your PC, and play along with it.

The best thing is, kalimba is not loud. So, you can practice as much as you like without disturbing your family or neighbors.


If you are looking to learn how to play kalimba, you should know that it is one of the simplest instruments to learn. You won’t need to spend hours and hours on practice, nor will you have to spend a fortune on classes. All you need to do is get a kalimba that is perfect for you and start practicing. 

Since the instrument is rather simple, you will be able to learn a few songs in a couple of hours. From there on, you can continue improving, and learning more difficult and complex songs. 

Naturally, if you aim to become a master of the instrument, you will need to dedicate yourself and practice to reach this goal. 

The time needed to learn kalimba depends on the amount of practice and how much you are willing to invest in it. Kalimba is a great starting point for beginner musicians, as well as a new and exciting instrument for more experienced players.

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