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Make a thumb piano, or “kalimba”. – Woodworking for Mere Mortals build thumb piano

Make a Thumb Piano (Mbira): This is a basic guide for building a Thumb Piano, or Mbira. They have been made for centuries all over Africa (and a few other.

Gather odd objects at home to make a musical lamellaphone. The thumb piano, known as a kalimba, mbira, and by many other names, is a lamellaphone that uses prongs called tongues, keys, or tines that you pluck to generate acoustic vibrations. Generally, the thumb piano uses some.

Maybe it's time to build a thumb piano. Supplies are minimal and you probably have them all on hand. Here's the list: a block of wood (about 5" x 5" or so, by the .

A few weeks ago I picked up a book from the library all about folk instruments from around the world. That's what gave me the idea to make this.

Build a thumb piano and carry music in your pocket. A homegrown musician will love this little piano that can go everywhere!.