Kalimba Resources For Beginners

Kalimba Resources For Beginners

Thanks for Purchasing Kalimba from our store. I hope you liked your new kalimba but wondering how to play it. We have sent you a Kalimba Instruction Songbook with your Kalimba Package but in case you did not receive it below resources can help you to learn to play Kalimba.

How to Start To Play Kalimba

  1. Kalimba How to Start : Kalimba-How-To-Start.pdf
  2. Kalimba – How to Read ktabs : How To Read KTabs.pdf
  3. Kalimba – Introduction And Basic Courses : Introduction And Basic Courses.pdf
  4. Kalimba Tab Template (17 Key) – 17-Key-Kalimba-Tab-Template.docx
  5. https://www.wikihow.com/Play-the-Kalimba

Kalimba: Tuning Instructions and Tuning samples

  1. Kalimba: Tuning Instructions and Tuning samples

Kalimba Tablature ( Notes to Play various songs)

  1. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7bJ3AuzrhJ1qwlZP9C2ROQ
  2. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-LTQdLyfRGxq_PN2XpXfcQhcaOLTlcA5

Kalimba Sheet Music Collection

  1. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Ur-5ZYUMUAX2I631rkZ7wGgw6IvVqU3R
  2. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1X26rtMs9OPz49OYLPz4W6LBe-RqAEsMg

How to Transpose a Song Into Your Key

You know you don’t need to be a music theory buff to be able to change the key of your songs. In this post is a link below to a PDF cheat sheet to make the job easier.

If you have sheet music or a chord chart and want to sing the song in a higher or lower key then below are the steps for you to do this.

Identify the melody notes you want to sing higher or lower. It maybe that the highest note or lowest note in the song are out of your range, or maybe you are singing a song originally sung by the opposite sex and need to raise or lower the key to your range.

Here is an example of how to use the chart.


The top note in the original melody is a D5 (red). The singer wants to sing a lower note, say a B4 (green).

  1. Identify the key signature of the piece.


If you have the sheet music then its the # and symbols on the left hand side of the staves. If there aren’t and then you are in C major (or A minor)

If all you have is a chord chart then most commonly it’s the final chord of the song (If not then find someone to help you identify the key)

The Transposition Chart indicates all common key signatures on the right hand side.

Say you see 3s (this is Emajor).


  1. Find the Emajor row
  2. Then the letter D in that row
  3. Follow D’s column up or down till you get to B
  4. Now you will be in the new key = C major
  5. All the chords and melody notes can now be transposed into this new key.

For example say the first 4 chords of the song are:

| Gmin7 | Cmin7 | Gmin7 | B7 | Ema7 | then in the new key you would be:

|Emin7 | Amin7 | Dmin7 | G7   | Cmaj7

NB: only the letter changes not the chord type e.g. min7, 7 or maj7)

  1. The same with melody notes.  e.g. | D, C, BA, G, A| becomes |B, A, G, F, E, F |. Once again it is only the note names that change not the rhythms.

Here is a chart with the keyboard notes and names, and the corresponding notation.


Click here to download the Transposition Chart 

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