Singing with Kalimba: Let It Be

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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!

Happy playing,



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