Compare diatonic and chromatic kalimbas: which is right for you? ­čĹĘÔÇŹ­čÄĄ

Looking to buy a Kalimba but not sure whether a diatonic or chromatic Kalimba is the right choice for your music? Here we've put together information on how each model works and its features to help you choose the right one! ­čĄö

Kalimba Diatonic

Diatonic Kalimbas are designed for simple tunes and uncomplicated melodies. Most of the time, they have 7 to 8 stems that feature a diatonic or limited chromatic scale. This means that a diatonic kalimba will not have the full interval of chromatic notes, but only the notes of the chosen scale. ­čÄÂ

This means that tunes can be easier to play on a diatonic kalimba, as can popular melodies. A diatonic kalimba therefore offers the user a simpler introduction to kalimba playing. ­čÄ╣

Chromatic Kalimba

Chromatic kalimbas generally have more stems than diatonic kalimbas, giving players access to a wider range of notes. They are ideal for more advanced musicians and allow the user to play more complex pieces than they would have been able to with a diatonic kalimba. ­čÄ╝

Although it's possible to play simple tunes on a chromatic kalimba, the large number of stems means you can create unique and varied melodies and experiment with unusual tones. ­čĄę

Summary and tips

If you're a beginner, we recommend a diatonic Kalimba. If you're a more experienced musician, then opt for a chromatic Kalimba, which will offer greater complexity and tonal diversity. ­čĄę

Find out more about a wide range of kalimbas for all levels and genres!

So don't hesitate, and soak up the music of the Kalimbas! ­čÄÁ