How to Tune Your Kalimba?

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How To Tune your Kalimba
How To Tune your Kalimba

Does your Kalimba sounds a little off? Or do you accidentally move some of your kalimba tines and the tune changed? Or you found a Kalimba tabs but you need to retune your Kalimba? Let’s fix your problem easily.

What Do We Need?

First, we need some tools for you to retune your Kalimba. Basically we need the hammer, not the utility hammer you are using to pound the nails, it’s the little hammer included in your kalimba package. Well, if you lose your Tuning Hammer, don’t worry because a lot of online store are selling tuning hammer separately. I will post some links below where you can buy them separately. Second, you need a tuning application or software, either on your mobile phone or computer. For this article, I’ll be showing DaTuner for android phones. Third, is we need the table or guide for accurately tune our Kalimba which is shown below. Lastly, we need to know what is the base tuning of our Kalimba if we fixing the tunes or what notes are we aiming. For this example, I will show the C Major Standard tuning for 17 Keys Kalimba.

Standard C Major Tuning
Standard C Major Tuning

17 Keys Kalimba Scale
17 Keys Kalimba Scale

Now, we have everything we need, let us start to tune our Kalimba. Get your Kalimba and place your mobile phone near to your kalimba. And then locate which tines you will tune. For our example, let us choose A4 or 6 in notation. We only have two things we can do to change the tune. First is hitting the tines from above will lower the tunes and second is hitting the tunes from below will make the sounds higher. Be careful when hitting the tines not to hit other nearby tines. Hit just one or two times then pluck the tines your are tuning. The tuner on your mobile phone will start moving up or down while showing the tone it recognize.

DaTuner Kalimba Tabs
DaTuner Kalimba Tabs

HOW TO USE THE DaTuner

  1. The note should be the same on what your are expecting to be tuned. In our example, its correct that it is A4

2. We need to check the HZ (hertz) in our chart, in our case should be 440hz.

3. Lastly, we need to have the yellow line reach the top and turned all yellow colors to green.

DaTuner Kalimba Tabs
DaTuner Kalimba Tabs

Ending Notes

Now continue tuning all the tines that are off the tune or tines that you want to retune. Then now all your tunes sounds good as it should be. Now you can start playing your favorite song in Kalimba. You can check our Kalimba Tabs collection, from easy tabs that you can play immediately , intermediate tabs which needs a little practice and finally advance tabs that needs good skills of your fingers/nails. You can start with an easy Can’t Help Falling in Love Kalimba Tabs which is very popular.

Tuning Hammer : Amazon, Shoppee

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