Beginner guide to learn a lot of kalimba songs

Welcome to Escapists Musics, where we explore the soothing sounds of the kalimba. This post is dedicated to all beginners who are eager to start their musical journey with this enchanting instrument. The kalimba, or thumb piano, is renowned for its melodious tones and ease of use. Today, we will guide you through the top 10 easy songs that are perfect for anyone just starting out with the kalimba.

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Discover Your First Kalimba Tune

The journey into music can be thrilling, especially with the kalimba instrument. It’s essential to start with simple tunes that build your confidence and enhance your skills. Here's a list of ten songs that are not only beautiful but also easy to learn.

Song Title Artist
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Traditional
Happy Birthday Traditional
My Heart Will Go On Celine Dion
Let It Be The Beatles
Fur Elise Ludwig van Beethoven
You Are My Sunshine Jimme Davis
Love Me Tender Elvis Presley
Island in the Sun Weezer
Yesterday The Beatles
Hakuna Matata Disney's The Lion King

Easy Steps to Learn Kalimba

Starting with the kalimba involves understanding its layout and mechanics. Each kalimba typically has 17 tines, which are tuned to specific notes. Beginners should focus on mastering the central tines before progressing to more complex compositions.

To read : Kalimba Tuning Guide: Simple Steps for Beginners

Tips for Kalimba Care

To ensure your kalimba instrument remains in perfect condition, regular maintenance is crucial. Keep it free of dust, and occasionally adjust the tines for optimal sound quality. This care will enhance both the lifespan of your instrument and the quality of the music it produces.

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Where to Find Kalimba Tabs

For those new to the kalimba, finding tabs for your favorite songs can be a great way to start playing quickly. Websites like Kalimba Magic offer a wide range of songs, from popular hits to classical pieces, all adapted for the kalimba.

Our kalimbas for your first songs


Embarking on your musical journey with the kalimba opens up a world of creativity and relaxation. The songs listed are just the beginning. As you grow more comfortable with the instrument, you'll discover a whole new world of musical possibilities. Remember, practice makes perfect, and the joy of music knows no bounds!

FAQ on Kalimba Songs for Beginners

What is the best song to start with on the kalimba?

For beginners, "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" is an excellent first song due to its simple melody and repetitive pattern.

How long does it take to learn a kalimba song?

It varies, but most beginners can learn a simple song within a few hours of practice.

Do I need to know how to read music to play the kalimba?

No, kalimba tabs are very intuitive and do not require knowledge of traditional music notation.

Where can I buy a good quality kalimba?

At Escapists Musics, we offer a selection of high-quality kalimbas perfect for beginners and professionals alike.

Can the kalimba be played in any musical genre?

Yes, the kalimba is versatile and can be adapted to a variety of musical styles, from classical to pop and more.