How To Play The African Thumb Piano

- Jan 16, 2019-

1I used to show it to music teachers. I like this little instrument very much! Isn’t the African musical instrument paying attention to rhythm? These instruments have no scores and are completely moved by the player's mind. I think you can dial the order first to understand the pitch, then you can enjoy the ethereal music! At first, the melody is definitely thin, and I believe that the time will be high. In addition, you can play the same melody with multiple Kalimba. Different pitches will be different, and it will become Canon. It is absolutely very interesting. I have seen such a screen before.


If you want to be academic, then only the part of the body of the thumb is the elastic metal strip with different lengths, and the wood or gourd is used as the resonance box. In the past, the raw materials of these metal strips were only metals that were melted in the ore, and now they are made of higher quality steel. The thumb piano has many different shapes and the number of steel bars is not necessarily the same. For example, Zimbabwe's thumb piano is in a wooden round speaker with 22 to 28 steel bars arranged in two rows.


It is said that the music played by this instrument not only can drive away the evil spirits of the patient, but also play the role of praying for rain, so it is one of the most popular instruments in Zimbabwe. The thumb piano is mainly used for accompaniment. When playing, you should hold the body with both hands and then play with two thumbs. When the thumb is pressed and released, the steel sheet will vibrate and make a sound. Some thumb pianos will be equipped with some shells or soda bottle caps, so that they can make some "beep" sounds at the same time, or they can be shaken halfway on the table, which will give an echo-like effect, or The sound of the tambourine metal sheet swaying makes the sound more rich. The thumb piano is small and easy to carry. When the sunset is over, people will circle and use it to sing or tell stories. Some natives will carry it along the way when they walk long distances. Also, the characteristics of the thumb piano is that it is easy to carry, the sound is clear and clear, similar to the sound of a music box, but more transparent.