How to choose the right size Kalimba?

Choosing the right Kalimba size can be a real challenge! Some people might tell you it's best to choose a smaller size, while others might suggest a larger one. But how do you know what size Kalimba is best for you? If you're looking for a guide to help you determine the most appropriate Kalimba size for you, you've come to the right place! 🤔

What size to choose for a Kalimba?

When you buy a kalimba online, you will find several different sizes and models supplied by The Kalimba. The 10-point Kalimba may be one of the most popular models, but don't be surprised if you see some models ranging from 8 to 17 points.

Your Kalimba size should match your musical goals:

If you want to learn music, it is advisable to start with a kalimba that has fewer dots (8 or 10), as these dots offer a wider range. Kalimbas with more dots are designed for more experienced musicians who want to explore more notes and play more complex melodies.

You also need to consider the length and width of the kalimba. Larger kalimbas will be wider in length and have more space between the keys. This can make it easier to find the individual keys and therefore easier to play.

Take your abilities and preferences into account

While the number of points and the size of your kalimba greatly influence the way you play and the type of music you can create, they don't entirely determine your playing preferences and abilities. For example, some musicians prefer larger kalimbas because the greater width makes it easier to touch the keys without too much hand movement. Others prefer the practicality and lighter duel of smaller kalimbas. Part of your selection process should therefore be determined by trying out as many kalimbas as possible and deciding for yourself what is most practical and comfortable for you.

Need help?

If you're still a bit lost and don't know exactly what size kalimba is best for you, don't worry! Visitcustomer supportfrom The Kalimba is here to help. Feel free to ask questions about the size and type of instrument that would best suit your level and needs. 🤗


Choosing the right size Kalimba can make a huge difference to the quality of your playing experience and the type of music you can create with it. There are several factors to consider when choosing the right Kalimba size and the most appropriate size for you. You should consider your musical goals, your abilities and your preferences in terms of style and handling. But if you're still at a loss, don't hesitate to ask us.