I’ll admit, that I’ve been stocking Kalimbas in-store at Oh My Musical Goodness for a couple of years now, and haven’t mastered the instrument myself, nor even regularly played it. I’m still a total beginner!
Best thing I did though was I jumped on YouTube, grabbed my Kalimba and gave myself a 15-minute tutorial. I’m very obviously a novice, but (I think) even as a beginner it sounds bloody beautiful!
The beauty of any pentatonic instrument is that you can play any note in any order and never make a mistake.
But the beauty of this one, in particular, is that I can keep it in my bag and take it everywhere I go so that I have 5 minutes here and 5 minutes there of mindful music-making.
The kalimba (literally meaning little music!) is such an intimate instrument that when you play? It’s just for you, and that makes it a very special musical experience indeed.
Across a lifetime lived in the musical world we realised that access to making music had become limited to two main factors – you either had to be able to read music and ‘learn’ an instrument, or you had to be content to shake a maraca, click a castanet or tap a tambourine. What’s more, you only had access to ‘proper’ instruments (the ones requiring lessons), or to a selection of bright, childlike plastic instruments or cheap, ‘coconut shell and seeds’ style percussion.
The era of hand-crafted, intricately carved, instinctively played instruments of emotional, energetic and spiritual significance, in the Western World, was non-existent! So? We vowed to reignite the musical light.
The instruments you’ll find at Oh My Musical Goodness can be played by anyone, regardless of musical background or ability They are utterly beautiful to hear, incredible to touch and play, and they create rhythm and melody in a way that realigns re-energises and delights.
This is not a store for shakers, clickers and clackers. The instruments held in this space allow meaningful and mindful music to be created, for anyone who touches the instrument, whether they be baby or elder. OMMG is our creative offering to the world.
To find the perfect Kalimba for you check out Oh My Musical Goodness online and listen to the audio included with every instrument listed. These come in a variety of woods – walnut, oak, ash and locust, in a variety of sizes and scales.
Handmade slowly with lots of love and packaged in a gift box with a certificate of authentication – these are the perfect gift for any season.
And remember, you can’t choose wrong – go with the one that calls to you!
Find out about this and all the other instruments within Oh My Musical Goodness here: http://ohmymusicalgoodness.com/shop/