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Thumb Piano Concerto

Thumb Pianos, Kalimbas, Mbiras and anything Lamellophone.

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Latest Activity: May 6, 2018

Welcome to the Thumb Piano group!

In African music, the mbira (also known as Likembe, Mbila, Thumb Piano, Mbira Huru, Mbira Njari, Mbira Nyunga Nyunga, Karimba or Kalimba) is a musical instrument consisting of a wooden board to which staggered metal keys have been attached.

It is often fitted into a resonator. In Eastern and Southern Africa there are many kinds of mbira, usually accompanied by the hosho.

The Mbira is usually classified as part of the lamellaphone family. It is also part of the idiophones family of musical instruments. In some places it is also known as a sanza.

Discussion Forum

kalimba building basics

Started by Bertalan Somogyi Mar 25, 2013. 0 Replies

I wanted to build a cb kalimba, so I cut some bicycle spokes, some aluminium bar, some hardwood, and made some, It sounded horrible, damp, noisy, lots of unwanted harmonics, etc. So, I thought, maybe…Continue

Tags: cigarbox, tines, building, kalimba

kalimba tines

Started by Rich Pierik. Last reply by Rich Pierik Mar 2, 2011. 3 Replies

Well these little instruments fascinate me. It is only now that I have awaken to realise that this instrument largely defines the character that I have associated with African music.I have started a…Continue


Started by Henry Lowman. Last reply by Henry Lowman Sep 8, 2010. 1 Reply


Kalimba Gatherings

Started by Alan Roberts May 17, 2010. 0 Replies

Zimfest is the largest annual gathering in North America of students, teachers, performers, and fans of Zimbabwean music. This year, it will be held in Corvallis, Oregon.   Zimfest 2010 will be held…Continue

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Comment by steve "roots" howard on April 29, 2010 at 11:39am

Comment by Ted Crocker on January 16, 2010 at 3:58am
From Roger Morin, thanks Roger

Comment by Iner Souster on January 10, 2010 at 1:20pm
Comment by Jack Murphy on January 10, 2010 at 11:52am
Thanks for the reminder. I completely forgot to look it up on the CD that I bought from Dennis! If anyone is not familiar with his site, go there now and check it out. And believe me, if you are into homemade instruments, the $10 Dennis charges for his CD is nothing compared to the wealth of information it contains. Support his site by buying one for youself, you won't be sorry. Here is the link to ordering information: http://dennishavlena.com/cd-info.htm

Comment by Tres Seaver on January 10, 2010 at 11:17am
Jack: check out Dennis Havlena's kalimba page. His site also has several other kalimba-related pages.
Comment by Iner Souster on January 10, 2010 at 10:36am
thanks Jack. i love this place
Comment by Jack Murphy on January 10, 2010 at 1:24am
To all-
That "Nowhere Man" convinced me it's time to build a kalimba. I can't find the store bought one I got back in the late 1960's to copy, so I'm looking for some plans for a treble 17 tine instrument with tine lengths laid out.
Anyone have plans they'd be willing to share?
Comment by Jack Murphy on January 10, 2010 at 1:20am
Hey Iner Souster-
Great site, love your junkstruments! Thanks for posting it here.

And Ted -
Thanks for the link to Mark Holdaway. Really nice rendition of "Nowhere Man."
Comment by Ted Crocker on January 10, 2010 at 1:01am
Comment by Iner Souster on January 8, 2010 at 8:17pm
hey new here. thought I would post a page from my site

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