How to play chords on the kalimba

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned music lover, learning to play chords on the kalimba can be great fun and rewarding. The kalimba is also a great option for beginners, as it doesn't require complex skills and produces beautiful notes once you've mastered it. In this article, we'll guide you through the steps involved in learning to play kalimba chords. Follow these steps and you'll soon be playing the most beautiful tunes.

Step 1: Understanding the main elements of the kalimba

First of all, you need to master the main component of this instrument: the rods (or keys) on which the notes are played. Each key is placed on the frame in the most stable position possible. It's important to know the names and positions of the notes in order to better understand the structure of the chords.

Step 2: Understanding chord naming

Understanding how chords are named is essential to learning how to play chords on a kalimba. The notes you use to play a chord are grouped into septuors, with the chosen note as the chord's root note. The septuors can be major, minor, augmented, diminished or suspended, which can help you create tons of different sounds. You can also modify the accordero by playing the same notes, but in a different order.

Step 3: Learning to play chords

Once you've understood the chord names and structure of the kalimba, it's time to start playing. You can test a chord easily by placing each of your fingers on the corresponding keys and stroking the stems with one or more fingers. Once you've found a chord that sounds good, try modifying some of the septets that make it up. Play with key and tempo to create a unique sound.

Step 4: Making chords

Once you've found a few good-sounding chords, try associating them with a pattern. Starting with the guida note, stroke the keys one by one, following the pattern. Once you've found a certain chord and learned to recognize by ear where that pattern ends and begins again, try playing several chords (alternating between two or more). You'll soon find yourself building melodies that alternate between these two or more chords.

Step 5: Find inspiration

When you start playing the kalimba, you'll realize that you actually have a large number of sounds and arrangements at your disposal. So you'll want to look for pieces that inspire you. Once you've found a tune you like, listen carefully to the arrangements and try to reproduce them on the kalimba. You can modify some of the chords of the song you've chosen to create your own sound. Play around with different riffs, melodies and intonations, and learn how to mix genres to produce music you love.


Learning to play chords on the kalimba is a great way to blend different musical styles and create unique sounds. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced musician, this instrument can provide a host of varied possibilities. By following the steps described above, you'll soon find yourself playing incredible melodies with the klimba.