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How to play

Ready to create beautiful sounds on the Kalimba? Before you begin, you may need to tune it! Tip - when using the tuning hammer, lightly tap the metal tines, no need to over-hammer.  For more information on how to tune and play the Kalimba, view the helpful videos below:

What’s Included

  • Kalimba

  • Tuning hammer

  • 2 finger protectors

  • Instruction booklet

  • 1 carrying bag

Transportation and Storage Instructions

To prevent the kalimba from getting scuffed, chipped, and bumped around, always transport the instrument in its carrying case. 

Do not store the instrument in very cold or very hot environments. Please keep it away from the following: direct sunlight, heaters or radiators and A/C units.

Do not leave the instrument in a hot, humid car or outside on snowy or wet ground. This kind of treatment could damage the sound of a kalimba and warp the wooden components. 

Care Instructions

To wipe down the kalimba, ensure that you use a soft, dry, microfibre, lint-free cloth. Other than that, no cleaning is necessary for the instrument.

Do not use sticks or hard objects to play the kalimba. These things can dent, scratch, and just generally damage the wood. Only use your hands to play the kalimba.