Description of the Kalimba brand Gecko :
- Item type: Kalimba gecko mark in camphor tree
- Color: wood color
- Brand : GECKO
- Specification: 30*148*185mm
- Tone: B tone (B)
- Material: scented camphor wood
The colors of this Gecko kalimba may differ due to the grooves in the wood used.
What is the Kalimba?
The Gecko Kalimba is a wonderful instrument for meditating and finding inner peace. It's easy to carry and slips neatly into your pocket or bag. It's impossible to hit the wrong note, and it's easy to play like a pro. In fact, you can learn to play it in just five minutes.
The kalimba was used by African elders when it was first created, to tell stories by the fireside surrounded by their loved ones and tribe.
The Gecko brand has become a benchmark in the Kalimba field, thanks to its quality and the wood used to create instruments with the delicate tones of wind chimes or music boxes.
The gecko brand kalimba has been democratized on YouTube by the artist April yang, who has covered many well-known tunes, including the Game Of Throne theme tune, the Harry Potter main theme and many others that you'll love playing with your gecko brand kalimba.
The artist has since racked up several million views on his YouTube channel, and helped launch the Gecko brand Kalimba to ensure better-quality instruments and introduce the thumb piano (the Kalimba's other name) to his entire community, as well as to all those who just want to discover the music and magic of this instrument.
You too can play your part in democratizing this ancestral instrument, which should be in everyone's hands. These gecko brand kalimbas are made with love, so they can be shared. Join the #madewithlovetospreadit community.
This instrument has recently been taken up by music therapists as a means of calming the mood and boosting self-confidence. Often used in music therapy, this instrument has a gentle sound and soothing effects.
It will suit the whole family, young and old, whether they know how to play music or not. The gecko kalimba is perfect for developing a sense of rhythm and musicality.
A variant of this Kalimba brand gecko is : [Complete Kit] Mahogany Kalimba
Get deeper notes in your mix
The 17-note Gecko Kalimba in camphor wood is light without the weight of alto or baritone notes.
But... how do you tune the Alto kalimba by a whole 5th, from G to C of the baritone scale, an octave below middle C? The answer: through a variety of tricks. Yes, we can tune the alto kalimba to low C. (OK, it's not the "low C" of a bass singer - it's a "low baritone C" - let's call it the "low C of the kalimba".
This is a full octave below the lowest note of the standard kalimba).
Diatonic scale, diatonic Kalimba
If you don't know the word "diatonic", learn it! It describes a kalimba that has only notes of a certain major scale: "Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Si Do..." It can have 8 notes, 10 or 17 notes... but the notes are all in a particular key, like C or G.
And it will have all these notes in this key, on a particular scale.
When you move to higher octaves, you stay in the key that the lower octave has defined. The low note of a diatonic kalimba doesn't have to be "C". And there are no extra notes, like a minor third or a flat 7.
If your diatonic kalimba is in the key of C, it has all white notes on a certain piano scale, and no black notes. But the Alto kalimba is a diatonic kalimba in G.
It has teeth in F#, but skips the white note F natural.
Much of the music is entirely diatonic. You can play the whole melody with just the diatonic notes of your gecko kalimba.
And often, you can play the whole harmony with the same diatonic kalimba. A diatonic kalimba won't let you achieve 50% of music possible with all the notes, but a diatonic kalimba will probably let you play far more than 50% of the songs you know.
When songs and harmonies get more complicated, like jazz or classical music, you need more notes. And here's a little trick to get those other notes.
The Kalimba in high B flat
The melody has the Bb accidental on the chorus, "It's gonna be a BRIGHT, bright sun-shiney day", and you can actually play that on the Bb Treble Kalimba. You should be able to hear that the BRIGHT note is a little strange or unexpected.
The wait for a natural si has already been set on "IN my way".
About tuning and setting the Kalimba Bb Treble: The teeth are painted in the same way as the 17-note Kalimba (with the 6-tooth paint system).
The whole kalimba is tuned a whole step lower than the C kalimba. You can see me playing the C, the painted tooth in the middle of the right-hand side, at the end of the verse, on the second "sun-shiney DAY".
And then we modulate in the bridge. You can hear the Bb kalimba rising from C, to D, to Eb on the right-hand side.
That's a bit surprising, because the scale has already been firmly established to have a natural E, the 3rd major of C.
The vocal part of the bridge can be played completely on this Bb kalimba, but what comes next requires even more notes!
The kalimba in high G
Perhaps the most magical aspect of this wonderful song is what follows the undulating swirl of chromatic chords; an instrumental section that finally brings us back to the verse.
While this segment appears to be entirely chromatic, it actually switches back and forth between diatonic chords.
Here's a little secret: the G-sharp kalimba is only used on one chord, which is played twice.
The chord is B minor, composed of B, D, and F#. While the first kalimba in C has the note B, neither of the other two kalimbas has F#. We can therefore move a few teeth slightly to help us play just the notes we need for the B minor chord.
If you need another gecko brand kalimba in a different hue, you can simply order from our site.
But you can also imagine the possibilities with several gecko brand kalimba keys.
When you have an idea for playing a song that requires another kalimba, you know that The Kalimba is the place to go to help you meet all your needs.
If you want to learn how to play John Lennon's "Imagine", follow this link link !