is one of my innovations I'm most proud of.)
The gamelon orchestras of Indonesia create some fantastic sounds and
part of the reason is their use of paired gongs. They will purposely
tune two gongs very close to each other but not quite in unison. When
both are struck together their vibrations go in and out of phase with
each other, causing the volume of the sound to pulse louder and softer.
With careful tuning the speed of this throb can be controlled.
One night I thought; "why not try this with
kalimba keys". It worked great! When I used double keys tuned slightly
apart in a pentatonic key all the elements came together beautifully to
create an organic tremolo effect. The richness and fullness of this new
sound make this the 12 string guitar of kalimbas.
As a further refinement I now often add an
upper layer of single keys so you can play rhythm and lead at the same
time, on the same hand-held instrument.