Though the Kalimba is capable of playing beautiful melodies and solos, it also makes a great accompaniment instrument. Since our featured kalimba is pre-tuned to C Major, it makes singing along to countless popular songs easy and fun! Listed below, are popular songs and the chords to play them.
To make it easier to pick up, I have tabbed what notes are in the chords. Each note will be represented by a number (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10). If you play the tines numerically it will play the notes from low to high in the C Major Scale in order. You will notice the scale moves up with a left/right alternation on the kalimba.
Scale: D, B, G, E, C, D, F, A, C, E
9, 7, 5, 3, 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10
Let It Be (The Beatles):
Chords: C, G, Am, F, Dm
(1, 3, 5) / (5, 7, 9) / (6, 8, 10) / (4, 6, 8) / (2)
C G Am F
When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me.
C G F C, Dm, C
Speaking words of wisdom, "Let It Be"
*This pattern repeats for the rest of the song for all of the lyrics*
As you see in the video below, I play a simple arpeggio version of the chords, but feel free to change it up and make it more rhythmic or add your own style as well!
I hope you found this helpful, and if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us or leave a comment!