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Notations: Mbira dzavadzimu
Notations: Mbira dzavadzimu (with extra keys)
Notations: Mbila dzamadeza
Notations: Mbila dzamadeza (bass on right)
Notations: Matepe / Madhebhe / Hera
Notations: Nyonganyonga / Malimba
Notations: 15-key Karimba 'Nyunga Nyunga'
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Bhuka Tiende Variations 'Mbira Song Book 1'
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Fungai was introduced to mbira by his grandfather, Muyengwa Gahadzikwa. After his grandfather's passing, Fungai continued his studies with one of Sekuru Gahadzikwa's neighbours and students, Shadreck Muranduri. Both families continue to keep the tradition alive in Nhumbe Village, Chihota, Zimbabwe. This collection of variations is an example from the book: Fungai Gahadzikwa - Mbira Song Book 1, available at MbiraMagic.Com The book is divided into two sections. The first contains multiple parts for ten songs; suitable for ensembles. The second explores the structure of each variation, inviting the reader to deepen their understanding and playing of traditional mbira music.
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Fungai uses the names 'Lead', 'Middle' and 'Bass' instead of 'Kushaura' and 'Kutsinhira'. His use of the word 'Lead' appears to be interchangeable with 'Kushaura'. Four main variations are presented here, in order of difficulty. Each with two examples. Basic notation is used, as it is in the book - for advanced notation, select 'Position --> Pitch' in the Translator below and click 'Translate Now'. Readers of 'Unlocking Mbira' will recognise these variations as examples of Master Progression 6, notated here to match that progression as it is presented in the book.
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Mbira dzavadzimu (with extra keys)
Mbila dzamadeza (bass on right)
Matepe / Madhebhe / Hera
Nyonganyonga / Malimba
15-key Karimba 'Nyunga Nyunga'
Which type of instrument is this piece for?
Analytic (retain motor pattern)
Analytic (retain octaves)
Analytic (retain pitches)
Analytic (retain playability)
Notation used in the tables below
---- Other Notations
Position --> Pitch+Octaves
Position --> Pitch
---- Other Instruments
Position --> Mbira dzavadzimu (with extra keys): Position
Position --> Mbira dzavadzimu (with extra keys): Pitch
Position --> Mbila dzamadeza: Pitch
Position --> Mbila dzamadeza: Pitch+Octaves
Position --> Mbila dzamadeza (bass on right): Pitch
Position --> Mbila dzamadeza (bass on right): Pitch+Octaves
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