Some essential songs for kalimba beginners

Some essential songs for kalimba beginners

If you love classical music and want to play kalimba, there are many great options for kalimba songs. This list is not exhaustive, and you may be surprised to find that you have already learned several songs on the instrument. If you're new to the kalimba, there are some easy songs that you can learn on your own. In this article, we'll discuss the best songs to play on the kalimba, and give you a few ideas of how to improve your playing skills.

The simplest kalimba songs to learn are those with small notes and repetitive patterns. Songs like Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star are ideal for beginners. Other songs that are suitable for beginners include Bach's Minuet and Finlandia.

You can use a hammer or sliding tine to change a note on your kalimba. If you do not want to use a hammer, you can tap the hammer upwards and make the note sound the way you want it to. Using a chromatic tuner to monitor your progress will help you learn more about your instrument's mechanism and how to tune it. While finger tuning may be easier, it's far from accurate.

Similarly, you can also try your hand at playing a simple pop song on the kalimba. One of the most popular pop songs is Wake Me Up When September Ends, a song by British rock band Green Day. The song is a good choice for beginners as it's easy to learn. The video below shows both a more complicated arrangement and a more simple version. If you want to play a challenging song on the kalimba, you can also check out Ghost In The Machine by The Clash.

While playing the kalimba, you'll need to tune it correctly. Various instruments require different tuning methods. If you're not sure which type you need to buy, consider purchasing a larger instrument with fewer tines. If you're playing a smaller kalimba, the treble is the best option. This will allow you to play songs in the major key without a problem. However, if you're using a smaller kalimba, you can try playing them in chromatic or minor keys.

Other popular kalimba songs include Auld Lang Syne (a poem by Robert Burns), the traditional New Year song, and the Baby Shark. Auld Lang Syne is considered to be an easy kalimba song, primarily because it uses multiple notes that have different durations. It's also a good way to practice your timing. You can also try playing a Christmas classic, Silent Night.

Another classic song for kalimba is Buy the World a Coke by Billy Davis and William M. Backer. The Hillside Singers first performed it in the Coca-Cola jingle in 1971. It's a simple song that anyone can learn on the instrument. The repetition of the verses makes it easy to learn on a kalimba. Originally, the song was a school teacher's greeting and was later combined with lyrics in 1912.

Another classic song is Sweet Child of Mine by Guns N' Roses. The iconic power ballad features Slash's famous finger exercise riff and then unfolds with a full band. It's a great song, with many interesting parts. Another great song to play on the kalimba is The House of the Rising Sun by the Animals. This evocative and brooding piece sounds amazing on a kalimba.

If you'd like to play a sad song, you can try Sad Banger. This popular song by Norwegian duo Secret Garden is a classic that can be adapted for the kalimba. Its long and emotional chorus is easy to follow. So, if you want to attract women, this song is a great choice. You'll be sure to attract her with its simple melody. You'll be glad you did.


To learn more about playing the kalimba, you can search the Internet for a book with a large library of kalimba songs. Many books on the subject have downloadable eBooks that include chords and tabs. Some even contain free song archives! A search on Google will show you hundreds of websites with kalimba song tutorials.