Kit kalimbas: discover do-it-yourself models

If you've always dreamed of learning to play the kalimba and making your own instrument, there's an interesting solution. Indeed, kit kalimbas have become increasingly popular in recent years, and some brands now offer models that can be assembled without tools or special skills. If you're ready to plunge into the wonderful world of the kalimba, then read on and discover the different models available to you!

What is a kalimba?

The kalimba is an African slatted musical instrument dating from the 16th century. The word "kalimba" comes from the verb mbira, used in Bantu to mean "to play music". The kalimba takes the form of a small, portable box protected by a wooden case with metal strips connecting the wooden body. To play a kalimba, one or two hands are used to pinch the various strips placed inside the instrument. The kalimba produces melodious sounds and is often played intuitively and freely.

Kit kalimbas: how do they work?

Kit kalimbas are instruments whose components have to be assembled. Most kits contain cut-out plywood pieces that need to be assembled with glue and screws to provide a stable structure for the instrument. The metal strips are usually supplied loose, and must then be shaped and adjusted to produce the right sound.

In some kits, detailed instructions are provided to guide you step-by-step through the building process, although some knowledge of how to use a knife and screwdriver can still be useful.

The different models of kit kalimbas

Today, a wide variety of kit kalimbas models are available, which can be assembled by hand from the parts supplied. Kit kalimbas can be adapted to traditional African instruments, but many models are designed to create new sounds, for example more modern, melodic tones produced by a variety of tunedes pouces or diatonic. Some models are even designed with shorter reeds that produce lighter sounds, while others feature 8 or more reeds that produce a richer, more complex sound.

Learn to play the kalimba

Once you've built your kit kalimba, you can start exploring the world of music. Although often disconcerting at first, kalimbas are very intuitive and playing them can become second nature. Examine simple musical scores and learn to identify the notes, and it won't be long before you're able to produce melodies.

Kit kalimbas are an excellent option for beginners and experienced musicians alike. There are many different models to choose from, and each version is designed to produce a specific sound. With a little patience and perseverance, you'll soon be able to create beautiful, melodious sounds with your own kalimba.