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We’ll be adding to this post as we find them, so keep an eye on the date updated! Know any resources we’re missing? Let us know!
Sites that specialize in music for beginners.
- https://noobnotes.net/browse/browse-songs-in-c-major/ (Not all of these songs are playable on a standard kalimba, but most are. You may have to transpose the song to your tuning – most likely C Major, but it’s very simple.)
- https://www.harptabs.com/ (Created for the harmonica. Tip: search tabs > harp type diatonic > key: C)
- https://www.8notes.com/recorder/sheet_music/?difficulty=1 (This brings you to the search page for recorder music. You can also sort by difficulty.)
- [NEW] http://flutenatics.blogspot.com/ (Created for the flute. Hasn’t been updated in a while but has a wide variety of music. Resource came to us courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/groups/kalimbamusicphilippines/)
General resources for kalimba tabs.
There are surprisingly few English resources. But we’re working on one! We’ll update you when it’s ready. 🙂
- https://www.kalimbamagic.com/blog/tag/Free%20Tablature (a few free tabs)
- https://kalimbatime.com/category/tabs/ (We are slowly but surely adding new tabs. We have a couple dozen more almost ready to upload!)
- [NEW] https://kalimbatabs.org/ (This is our sister site. It’s still a work in progress, but we’re trying to build an organized repository of kalimba music in all its formats.)
Languages Other Than English
Don’t discount these resources if you’re an English-only speaker. The kalimba is soaring in popularity across the globe, especially in Asian countries.
- http://www.kalinbaqin.com/拇指琴谱 (Chinese)
- https://www.kalimba.online/canciones-para-kalimba/ (Spanish)
- https://m.blog.naver.com/PostList.nhn?blogId=ssrwaikr_&categoryNo=15&logCode=0&categoryName=Kalimba%20Tabs (Korean)
Sheet Music Resources
Sites that specialize in sheet music.
- https://musescore.org It would be difficult to overstate the usefulness of this community-dtiven site!
- https://www.bethsnotesplus.com/find-songs (Has mostly beginner music. They also have a listing of pentatonic songs. https://www.bethsnotesplus.com/2012/02/pentatonic-songs.html)
- https://sheetmusic-free.com/ (Just like it says – free sheet music!)
- https://m.mymusicsheet.com/search?activeInstrument=piano&keyword= (Not free, but lots of classical and K Pop, which are hard to find elsewhere.)
- https://www.sheetmusicplus.com (Paid, but the offical, legal way to get arrangements. You can also legally sell your arrangements here, as well.)
- https://www.musicnotes.com/ (not free)
- https://www.scribd.com/sheetmusic (not free)
Social Media Groups
Groups devoted to the kalimba where participants often or sometimes post sheet music or tabs. (Many Facebook, etc., groups only exist to sell kalimbas, but these are more community driven.)
- https://discord.gg/wpu8Gp8 Kalimba Klub Discord Server (English)
- https://www.reddit.com/r/kalimba/ (Kalimba subreddit on Reddit)
- [NEW] https://www.facebook.com/groups/kalimbamusicphilippines/ (Very active / mixed English and Filipino)
- https://www.facebook.com/groups/36702419239/ (mostly English)
- https://www.facebook.com/groups/1740277076024993/ (mixed Chinese and English)
- https://m.cafe.naver.com/kalimbaschool.cafe? (Korean)
There are a few that offer tabs.
- Kalimba Real (free version) / Kalimba Royal (ad-free for about $3) This is our favorite. download here for Apple and Android
- Kalimba Connect (tons of ads and few free songs last we used it, but it might have improved since then) developer’s Facebook page
- There are many more! Search for “kalimba” in the associated store.
YouTube is rich with resources for kalimbas tabs. Some methods are more effective than others for certain people, so find what works best with you. One caveat: some kalimba tab channels are seemingly being created by people who don’t actually play the kalimba. In most instances, it’s not really an issue, but you may find some occasional chords that stresse not easily playable.
- Kalimba Time (We’re slowly but surely adding videos.)
- Kalimba Tutorials
- Y Kalimba
- April Yang (Arguably the most famous kalimba player in the world at the moment, she has several tab videos. Her covers are often very elegant.)
Search terms and locations.
- Pinterest has a ton of tabs and sheet music pages.
- Instagram has an active kalimba community that shares many covers and sometimes tabs, especially using hashtags in various languages.
- Search for “kalimba” or “kalimba tabs” in multiple languages, especially if you are looking for a particular song.
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