down a rabbit hole #2

As my regular readers know, I’ve been down a few rabbit holes of late, discovering new things, thanks to internet search engines and youtube.  One of the rabbit holes led to me waving Mr Visa around again (always sensible to have Mr Visa to hand when you go exploring!) and I bought myself this:

A kalimba.  I chose a cheap model (on @m@zon) because I don’t know if this will be a passing phase or not.  A 17 tine version (tine is what the keys are called), made of acacia koa wood.  It came nicely packaged with a tuning hammer, little pouch, various stickers and thumb thingies, plus a little manual with a few easy tunes.

Each tine has the note engraved, and also a number, so you don’t even need to know how to read music to be able to pick up and play.  I added the red stickers to help me  keep track of notes.  You hold it in both hands and play by plucking the tines with your thumb(nail).

For the time-being, I’ve just about mastered “Ode to Joy” and have downloaded the tablature to learn the theme tune of “Beauty and the Beast” – basic melody is easy enough but there are quite a few chords and twiddly bits and my thumbs aren’t coordinated yet.

Anyway, I’ve been having so much fun making music that I couldn’t resist sharing my find with Mr & Mrs Viking during a chat on skype.  They are both very musical.  They thought the kalimba sounded lovely too, so I ended up ordering two more to be sent directly to them, plus a mini 8-tine kalimba for Little Viking.  Only 24 hours after receiving theirs, Mr & Mrs Viking are already playing the theme music to Harry Potter !  so I’ve got a bit of catching up to do lol.