Today we learn how to tune a kalimba, Keeping your Kalimba instrument in good condition and well tuned is important as it helps you improve the sound and condition of your Kalimba. This will improve your skills with your instrument.
Tuning a Kalimba entails individually tuning each tine to a certain pitch so that the notes sound exactly as anticipated. The precisely tuned tines, when played together, form a musical scale or portion of one. This is the tuning of the Kalimba, and how it sounds when the notes are played simultaneously.
In this post, we’ll look at both elements of Kalimba tuning. We’ll go over how to tune the various keys on the instrument. Once you’ve worked it out, your Thumb Piano will be considerably more versatile than you could have imagined because you’ll be able to retune the kalimba to other scales, or ‘Tunings,’ as needed.
Tuning A Kalimba
This section will teach you how to tune your kalimba instrument. You may need to tune or retune your kalimba for a variety of reasons. It’s possible that you have a dead or stiff tine that needs to be adjusted, or that one tine is out of tune and requires a minor adjustment to return to normal.
What Notes to Tune The Kalimba Keys to
Let’s forget about tuning to various scales right now and concentrate on the scale that your Kalimba has arrived at. Quite often new kalimbas are tuned to the scale of C and the keys are marked with the letters of each note.
What Notes Are on A Kalimba?
C4, D4, E4, F4, G4, A4, B4, C5, D5, E5, F5, G5, A5, B5, C6, D6, E6, How to read numeric sample notation of kalimba?
Regularly Check The Tuning of Your Kalimba
Whether or not you think your Kalimba is out of tune, it’s a good idea to check the tuning of each tine once a week. One or two of the most often played tines may be slightly out of tune, but not enough for your ear to detect. If you leave for an extended period of time, more notes will be off, and your KalImba will start to sound awful.
How to Check Each Note Is in Tune?
Using a tuning tool to check the correctness of the tuning for each key on your Kalimba instrument is the simplest method. This can include electrical tuners or a mobile phone tuning application.
It’s totally up to you which tuning tool you use. There are some good free tuning applications for iOS and Android, but it’s worth paying a few dollars to avoid being interrupted by commercials when tuning your kalimba.
Tuning Apps for Kalimba
Using a basic guitar tuning application will provide you with everything you need to check your Kalimba’s tuning and lead you through the modifications you’ll need to make to get it back in tune or retune the thumb piano to a new scale.
There are various applications available for both iOS and Android cellphones, here is a list of some of them:
GStrings is undoubtedly one of the most widely used tuning applications on any mobile device. Pop-up advertising is included in this free software from the PlayStore, which can be a nuisance, but that is the price of a free app.
InsTuner is one of a few tuning apps on IOS. It is popular for a lot of people, but a lot of people do not like it either.
How to tune a kalimba?
Now that we have the kalimba and the tools to detect whether or not each tine is in tune, we can adjust those that are out of tune. The tuning hammer is used to do this.
What Is The Kalimba Hammer For?
You’ve been looking online for Kalimbas and are considering purchasing one; you see it comes with a convenient travel box and a hammer. But what is the purpose of the hammer?
The kalimba hammer is a thumb piano tuning tool made of metal with a wooden handle that is used to tune the kalimba keys with little taps, changing the distance between the front of the tine and the bridge, changing the pitch of the tines and the notes played.
This is a delicate piece of equipment for tuning the keys on your Kalimba, but it’s also sturdy enough that you only need to hit the tines lightly.
Where to Get A Kalimba Tuning Hammer?
Many Kalimbas come with a case that includes a tuning hammer, so you’re likely to have one already.
If you don’t have one, you’ll note that the head is fairly small and that it is a little more sensitive than your garage hammer.
Which Way Do I Need to Move The Tines?
You’ve undoubtedly figured out that the lower the note, the shorter the tine following the bridge, and vice versa.
So, very easy:
Hammer up, to higher the note
Hammer down to lower the note
When tuning a Kalimba key, even the slightest movement up or down the bridge affects the pitch of the note, removing the need for enormous hammer blows.
Depending on the change in tine note that you wish to make, the hammer is used to tap the top or bottom of the tine.
It just takes a few clicks to change the pitch, so don’t go crazy and double-check the pitch with the tuning app after every couple of presses.
Kalimba Tuning Scales
Kalimbas come in various tine counts, ranging from 7 to 17 tines, with the most popular and standard instruments giving 15 tines on the Hugh Tracey Alto, or 17 tines on many other brands on the market, and tuning to G Major or C.
Can You Tune A Kalimba to A Different Key?
It’s simple to tune a kalimba to a different key than it’s currently tuned to. Simply change each tine to the particular note necessary for the new key and scale you intend to play using a tuning hammer and tuning software.
The reality is that unless a kalimba is specially ordered and adjusted, it is tuned to normal scales, allowing you to learn and play many well-known songs.’
Tuning a Kalimba to a different scale and exploring the universe of new possibilities that this affords is where things can get very exciting and help you produce creative music.
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As you can see, tuning a kalimba is not difficult, and only requires a little bit of patience. With practice, you’ll be able to quickly tune your instrument so that it sounds beautiful every time you play it. Thanks for reading, and we hope this article was helpful!