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Thumb Piano Concerto

Thumb Pianos, Kalimbas, Mbiras and anything Lamellophone.

Members: 32
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 Ted Crocker on January 7, 2010 at 11:21pm
Made for the Kitchen Sink Builders Challenge

Comment by Ted Crocker on January 7, 2010 at 11:19pm
Very cool Jack, thanks
Comment by Jack Murphy on December 31, 2009 at 8:13pm
Hey Ted and the rest of this gang-
I've been planning a thumb piano fpr awhile, so now I'll have to make one! Have you seen Bela fleck's movie, "Throw Down Your Heart?" It's a fun musical tour of parts of Africa with a whole mess of homemade instruments. I would recommend it for anyone here. The blind thumb piano player and the young woman player will knock your socks off.
Here is a short taste from YouTube of the man (he gets going at about 2 minutes into it). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbX4PBt1ohw, and here is the woman, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jl4IOSLX-o

Check it out.
Comment by Tres Seaver on December 27, 2009 at 12:44pm
Looks great, Naz!
Comment by Brent Shull on December 21, 2009 at 1:26am

Comment by surffrogg on December 20, 2009 at 7:37am
tres where exactly is the tuning problem; if it is on the middle tines u may just need to add another bolt for more even pressure
Comment by Tres Seaver on December 19, 2009 at 10:11pm
Here is the kalimba I talked about: rake tines, etc. I'm still having trouble getting them in tune, but they are good and loud.

Comment by surffrogg on December 15, 2009 at 3:23am
ok ted here is one i built

Comment by Ted Crocker on December 14, 2009 at 8:55pm

Comment by Ted Crocker on December 14, 2009 at 8:54pm


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