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    Instructional DVDs
    These instructional DVDs are equivalent to 4 or more mbira lessons for the average mbira student.

    DVD
    35100

    $60.00
    First Mbira Lessons: Kariga Mombe 1
    First Mbira Lessons: Kariga Mombe 1 MBIRA's Student Series is designed for use by those learning to play traditional Shona mbira music of Zimbabwe. This DVD is intended as a first introduction to playing the instrument; and includes video (items 1 through 8); a graphic chart of the octave relationships on the mbira (item 9); bonus audio tracks to practice together with (item 10); and additional written material about the Shona mbira and its cultural context, pointers for mbira students, and more (item 11). These lessons are also available as a download, but please order that way ONLY if you have fairly fast internet, as the folder of files is 736 MB, and will not open if not completely downloaded. The download edition includes the videos only (1-8), but the text is available on the www.mbira.org website as Pointers for Mbira Students. The lessons are taught in MBIRA workshop pitch (lowest note around B) nyamaropa tuning, but can be used with other nyamaropa tuning mbiras if you have pitch changing software.
    1. Introduction to mbira
    2. Hearing mbira
    3. Holding mbira
    4. Kariga mombe kushaura (1st part)
    5. Kariga mombe kutsinhira (2nd part)
    6. Combining kushaura and kutsinhira
    7. Adding finger keys
    8. Kariga mombe solo performance
    9. Mbira octave chart (DVD only)
    10. Bonus audio tracks to practice together with (DVD only)
    11. Text: mbira info and pointers for students (DVD only)


    DVD
    35200

    $60.00
    Kariga Mombe 2: High Lines
    Kariga Mombe 2: High Lines MBIRA's Student Series is designed for use by students learning to play traditional Shona mbira music of Zimbabwe. This DVD is a sequel to MBIRA's DVD 35100 "First Mbira Lessons", which taught the basic parts to the classic piece Kariga Mombe ("Undefeatable", literally "One who can throw a bull to the ground"). Video lessons 1-11 on this DVD teach 4 different high lines for the piece - high melodies using the small right hand keys played by the finger. These lessons are also available as a download, but please order that way ONLY if you have fairly fast internet, as the folder of files is 565 MB, and will not open if not completely downloaded. The lessons are taught in MBIRA workshop pitch (around B) nyamaropa tuning, but can be used with other nyamaropa tuning mbiras if you have pitch changing software.
    1. High line #1 kushaura
    2. High line #1 kutsinhira
    3. High line #2 kushaura
    4. High line #2 kutsinhira
    5. High line #2 variation kushaura
    6. High line #2 variation kutsinhira
    7. High line #3 kushaura
    8. High line #3 kutsinhira
    9. High line #4 kushaura
    10. High line #4 kutsinhira
    11. Kushaura and kutsinhira together


    DVD
    35201

    $60.00
    Kariga Mombe 3: Kutsinhira Variations
    Kariga Mombe 3: Kutsinhira Variations MBIRA's Student Series is designed for use by students learning to play traditional Shona mbira music of Zimbabwe. This DVD is a sequel to MBIRA's DVD 35100 "First Mbira Lessons", which taught the basic parts to the classic piece Kariga Mombe ("Undefeatable", literally "One who can throw a bull to the ground"), and DVD 35200 "Kariga Mombe Lessons #2", which taught high lines to the piece. The lessons on this DVD teach several versions of a second style of kutsinhira for the piece, with a different hand pattern, in video lessons 1 through 9. Bonus audio tracks of the kushaura part, to practice playing kutsinhira with, are included in the DVD edition only. These lessons are also available as a download, but please order that way ONLY if you have fairly fast internet, as the folder of files is 692 MB, and will not open if not completely downloaded. The lessons are taught in MBIRA workshop pitch (around B) nyamaropa tuning, but can be used with other nyamaropa tuning mbiras if you have pitch changing software.
    1. Basic kutsinhira review
    2. Kutsinhira #2 version 1
    3. Kutsinhira #2 version 2
    4. Kutsinhira #2 version 3
    5. Changing between kutsinhira rhythms
    6. Changing between kutsinhira rhythms playing with kushaura
    7. Bass run w/ high line
    8. Both parts together
    9. Both parts together w/ high lines
    10. Bonus audio tracks to practice with (DVD edition only)


    DVD
    35202

    $60.00
    Kariga Mombe Lessons DVD #4: More Kutsinhira Styles
    Kariga Mombe Lessons DVD #4: More Kutsinhira Styles
This DVD is a sequel to MBIRA's DVDs 35100 "First Mbira Lessons", which taught the basic parts to the classic piece Kariga Mombe ("Undefeatable", literally "One who can throw a bull to the ground"), DVD 35200 "Kariga Mombe Lessons #2", which taught high lines to the piece, and DVD 35201, which taught kutsinhira variations. The lessons on this DVD teach 3 more styles of kutsinhira for the piece, each with a different rhythm. The DVD includes video lessons (1 through 6), and bonus audio tracks of the kushaura part to practice playing kutsinhira with (DVD edition only). These lessons are also available as a download, but please order that way ONLY if you have fairly fast internet, as the folder of files is 258 MB, and will not open if not completely downloaded. The download edition includes the videos only (1-8), but the text is available on the www.mbira.org website as Pointers for Mbira Students. The lessons are taught in MBIRA workshop pitch (lowest note around B) nyamaropa tuning, but can be used with other nyamaropa tuning mbiras if you have pitch changing software.
    1. New kutsinhira #1
    2. Changing between old and new kutsinhira styles
    3. New kutsinhira #1 with kushaura
    4. New kutsinhira #2
    5. New kutsinhira #3
    6. New kutsinhiras #2 & #3 with kushaura
    7. Bonus audio tracks of kushaura to practice with (DVD edition only)


    DVD
    35210

    $60.00
    Nhema Musasa Lessons DVD
    Nhema Musasa Lessons DVD MBIRA's Student Series is designed for use by students learning to play traditional Shona mbira music of Zimbabwe. This DVD teaches one version of the popular classic piece Nhema musasa with video lessons 1 through 9. Bonus audio tracks to practice together with in the DVD edition only. There are many other versions of this piece, some of which will be taught on other MBIRA DVDs. These lessons are also available as a download, but please order that way ONLY if you have fairly fast internet, as the folder of files is 689 MB, and will not open if not completely downloaded. The lessons are taught in MBIRA workshop pitch (around B) nyamaropa tuning, but can be used with other nyamaropa tuning mbiras if you have pitch changing software.
    1. Basic Nhema musasa kushaura #1
    2. Nhema musasa kushaura rhythm
    3. Basic Nhema musasa kushaura #2
    4. Basic Nhema musasa kushaura #3
    5. Nhema musasa kushaura variation
    6. Basic Nhema musasa kutsinhira
    7. Nhema musasa kutsinhira variation #1
    8. Nhema musasa kutsinhira variation #2
    9. Nhema musasa parts together
    10. 8 audio tracks to practice with (DVD edition only)


    DVD
    35211

    $60.00
    Nhema Musasa Lessons DVD #2: Variations
    Nhema Musasa Lessons DVD #2: Variations This DVD teaches variations for one version of the popular classic piece Nhema musasa, and is a sequel to DVD #35210, which taught the basic parts for this version of the piece. This DVD includes video (1 through 10) and bonus audio tracks to practice together with (DVD edition only). There are many other versions of this piece, some of which will be taught on future MBIRA DVDs. These lessons are also available as a download, but please order that way ONLY if you have fairly fast internet, as the folder of files is 554 MB, and will not open if not completely downloaded. The lessons are taught in MBIRA workshop pitch (around B) nyamaropa tuning, but can be used with other nyamaropa tuning mbiras if you have pitch changing software.
    1. Kushaura left variation #1 review
    2. Kushaura left variation #2
    3. Kushaura left variation #3
    4. Kushaura right variation w/left variation #3
    5. Kushaura easy right variation
    6. Kutsinhira left variation #1 review
    7. Kutsinhira left variation #2 review
    8. Kutsinhira L variation #3
    9. Kutsinhira left variation #4
    10. Kushaura & kutsinhira together
    11. Bonus audio tracks to practice with (DVD edition only)


    DVD
    35212

    $60.00
    Nhema Musasa Lessons DVD #3: Kutsinhira Styles
    Nhema Musasa Lessons DVD #3: Kutsinhira Styles This DVD teaches new kutsinhira styles for the popular classic piece Nhema musasa, and is a sequel to DVD #35210, which taught the basic parts for this version of the piece, and DVD #35211, which taught variations. This DVD includes video lessons (1 through 7) and bonus audio tracks of the kushaura part to practice together with (DVD edition only). These lessons are also available as a download, but please order that way ONLY if you have fairly fast internet, as the folder of files is 369 MB, and will not open if not completely downloaded. The lessons are taught in MBIRA workshop pitch (around B) nyamaropa tuning, but can be used with other nyamaropa tuning mbiras if you have pitch changing software.
    1. New kutsinhira #1
    2. New kutsinhira #1 left variation #1
    3. New kutsinhira #1 left variation #2
    4. New kutsinhira #1 left variation #3
    5. New kutsinhira #2
    6. New kutsinhira #2 left variation
    7. Kushaura & kutsinhira together
    8. Bonus audio tracks of kushaura to practice with (DVD edition only)


    DVD
    35220

    $60.00
    Kuzanga Lessons
    Kuzanga Lessons
This DVD teaches one version of the classic Shona mbira piece Kuzanga, and includes video lessons 1 through 7, and bonus audio tracks to practice together with in the DVD edition only. These lessons are also available as a download, but please order that way ONLY if you have fairly fast internet, as the folder of files is 503 MB, and will not open if not completely downloaded. The lessons are in "MBIRA workshop pitch" (around B) nyamaropa tuning, but could be used with other nyamaropa tuning mbiras if you have pitch-changing software.
    1. Basic part (kushaura/kutsinhira)
    2. Kushaura and kutsinhira together
    3. Right hand variation #1
    4. Right hand variation #2
    5. Right hand variation #3
    6. Using lowest bass note
    7. Left hand variation
    8. Audio tracks to practice with (DVD edition only)


    DVD
    35230

    $60.00
    Nyamaropa Lessons
    Nyamaropa Lessons This DVD teaches one version of the classic ancient Shona mbira piece Nyamaropa, and includes video lessons 1 through 11, and bonus audio tracks to practice together with in the DVD edition only. These lessons are also available as a download, but please order that way ONLY if you have fairly fast internet, as the folder of files is 439 MB, and will not open if not completely downloaded. The lessons are taught in MBIRA workshop pitch (around B) nyamaropa tuning, but can be used with other nyamaropa tuning mbiras if you have pitch changing software.
    1. Basic kushaura
    2. Basic kutsinhira
    3. Kushaura and kutsinhira together
    4. High line #1 w/kushaura
    5. High line #2 w/kushaura
    6. High line #3 w/kushaura
    7. High line #4 w/kushaura
    8. High line #1 w/kutsinhira
    9. High line #2 w/kutsinhira
    10. High line #3 w/kutsinhira
    11. High line #4 w/kutsinhira
    12. Audio tracks to practice with (DVD edition only)


    DVD
    35240

    $60.00
    Shumba Lessons
    Shumba Lessons This DVD teaches one version of the classic Shona mbira piece Shumba ("Lion", also referring to mhondoro spirits) with video lessons 1-7. These lessons are also available as a download, but please order that way ONLY if you have fairly fast internet, as the folder of files is 722 MB, and will not open if not completely downloaded. The lessons are taught in MBIRA workshop pitch (around B) nyamaropa tuning, but can be used with other nyamaropa tuning mbiras if you have pitch changing software.
    1. Basic kushaura
    2. Basic kushaura with lower left
    3. Basic kutsinhira
    4. Kushaura and kutsinhira together
    5. Kushaura high line #1
    6. Kushaura high line #2
    7. Kutsinhira high line


    TOPPlay-Along CDs
    MBIRA’s Student Series is designed for use by those learning to play traditional Shona mbira music, and consists of recordings of basic parts, with the intention that mbira students will practice together with the CDs. (Note that the CDs are played in the pitches that MBIRA workshops are taught in — if your instrument is a different pitch, you would need variable pitch playback capability in order to play along.)

    CD
    3500

    $20.00
    Hosho for Practice - 2012 Edition: Even Tempo
    Hosho for Practice - 2012 Edition: Even Tempo This recording of hosho, a pair of gourd rattles traditionally played with mbira, is intended for both mbira students and hosho students (and even marimba students) to practice with. Several tempos are included, to accommodate beginning as well as advanced students. Also, some mbira pieces sound better at a faster or slower tempo than others. This new 2012 edition has a more even tempo on each track than the original 2002 edition. Happy practicing! [Total time: 65:28]
    1. Slow speed  [9:41]
    2. Slow speed  [9:41]
    3. Medium speed  [9:46]
    4. Medium speed  [9:46]
    5. Fast speed  [10:03]
    6. Fast speed  [10:03]
    7. Kutsinhira hosho  [6:01]


    CD
    3501

    $20.00
    Kariga Mombe for Practice
    Kariga Mombe for Practice Kariga mombe ('Undefeatable') is typically the first song the new student learns. You may wish to start out practicing together with the same part you are playing, also trying the track with hosho, to hear where the beat fits with your part. Then, try practicing together with the part you are not playing, until you can hear the two parts meld. As you become comfortable playing the parts, try the faster tempo tracks. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 62:21]
    1. Kushaura (lead part) Slow  [6:19]
    2. Kushaura & Hosho Slow  [10:42]
    3. Kutsinhira (interlocking part) Slow  [7:10]
    4. Kutsinhira & Hosho Slow  [8:20]
    5. Kushaura Faster  [7:54]
    6. Kushaura & Hosho Faster  [7:54]
    7. Kutsinhira Faster  [6:28]
    8. Kutsinhira & Hosho Faster  [7:06]


    CD
    3502

    $20.00
    Kuzanga for Practice
    Kuzanga for Practice Kuzanga's dictionary definitions are 'to act in a relaxed manner because...danger is suspended' and 'to live happily and free from fear'. Other meanings ascribed to this piece include 'family debate' and 'jealousy between wives'. The kushaura and kutsinhira parts to this piece are the same, with the kutsinhira part starting one note later than the kushaura. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 68:16]
    1. Kushaura/Kutsinhira Slow  [10:12]
    2. Kushaura w/Hosho Slow  [10:12]
    3. Kutsinhira w/Hosho Slow  [10:12]
    4. Kushaura/Kutsinhira Faster  [12:26]
    5. Kushaura w/Hosho Faster  [12:26]
    6. Kutsinhira w/Hosho Faster  [12:26]


    CD
    3503

    $20.00
    Nhema musasa for practice
    Nhema musasa for practice Nhema musasa. 'Cutting (branches) for a temporary shelter', is probably the most popular mbira piece in Zimbabwe, with many different kushaura and kutsinhira parts. Only one version of kushaura, and kutsinhira, are included here. [Total time: 79:57]
    1. Kushaura (lead part) slow  [10:06]
    2. Kushaura & hosho slow  [10:06]
    3. Kutsinhira (interlocking part) slow  [10:07]
    4. Kutsinhira & hosho slow  [10:07]
    5. Kushaura faster  [9:47]
    6. Kushaura & hosho faster  [9:47]
    7. Kutsinhira faster  [9:48]
    8. Kutsinhira & hosho faster  [9:48]


    CD
    3504

    $20.00
    Nyama Musango for Practice
    Nyama Musango for Practice Nyama musango means "Meat in the forest." In the simplest version of the piece, the kushaura and kutsinhira parts are the same, with the kutsinhira starting one note later than the kushaura. The main hosho beat falls on the bass notes of kushaura, the hosho "swoosh" (after the main beat) falls on the bass notes of kutsinhira. As you become comfortable playing the piece with and without hosho, and in kushaura and kutsinhira positions, try the faster tempo tracks. Of course, this is only one version of this mbira piece, there are many other versions! Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 56:27]
    1. Mbira Slow  [8:51]
    2. Kushaura & Hosho Slow  [7:12]
    3. Kutsinhira & Hosho Slow  [8:55]
    4. Mbira Faster  [8:57]
    5. Kushaura & Hosho Faster  [7:59]
    6. Kutsinhira & Hosho Faster  [9:05]
    7. Kushaura and Kutsinhira Together  [5:02]


    CD
    3505

    $20.00
    Nyamaropa for Practice
    Nyamaropa for Practice Nyamaropa is one of the most important, and most ancient, Shona mbira pieces. You may wish to start out practicing together with the same part you are playing, also trying the track with hosho (gourd rattles), to hear where the beat fits with your part. Then, try practicing together with the part you are not playing, until you can hear the two parts meld. As you become comfortable playing the parts, try the faster tempo tracks. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 61:32]
    1. Kushaura (lead part) Slow  [7:08]
    2. Kushaura & Hosho Slow  [6:53]
    3. Kutsinhira (interlocking part) Slow  [8:52]
    4. Kutsinhira & Hosho Slow  [6:23]
    5. Kushaura Faster  [6:24]
    6. Kushaura & Hosho Faster  [8:27]
    7. Kutsinhira Faster  [6:01]
    8. Kutsinhira & Hosho Faster  [6:03]
    9. Kushaura & Kutsinhira Together  [4:44]


    CD
    3506

    $20.00
    Taireva for Practice
    Taireva for Practice Taireva ("We used to tell you!") is an ancient traditional Shona mbira piece, with many versions. One 3-part version is presented here. You may wish to start by practicing together with the same part you are playing, also trying the track with hosho (gourd rattles), to hear where the beat fits with your part. Then, try practicing together with one of the parts you are not playing, until you can hear the two parts meld. As you become comfortable playing the parts, try the faster tempo tracks. Tuning: nyamaropa. [Total time: 79:51]
    1. Kushaura #1 (lead part) Slow  [6:16]
    2. Kushaura #1 & Hosho Slow  [5:48]
    3. Kushaura #2 Slow  [6:10]
    4. Kushaura #2 & Hosho Slow  [5:50]
    5. Kutsinhira (interlocking part) Slow  [6:02]
    6. Kutsinhira & Hosho Slow  [5:38]
    7. Kushaura #1 Faster  [6:06]
    8. Kushaura #1 & Hosho Faster  [5:13]
    9. Kushaura #2 Faster  [6:02]
    10. Kushaura #2 & Hosho Faster  [4:14]
    11. Kutsinhira Faster  [6:14]
    12. Kutsinhira & Hosho Faster  [3:15]
    13. Kushaura #1 & #2 Together  [2:57]
    14. Kushaura #1 & Kutsinhira Together  [4:49]
    15. Kushaura #2 & Kutsinhira Together  [4:27]


    TOPBooks

    Download
    35000

    $20.00
    Shona Lessons for Mbira Students (Download)
    Shona Lessons for Mbira Students (Download) Learn greetings and manners, and how to interact with your mbira teacher - important things like "Could you play slower"! We recorded author and master teacher Patience Chaitezvi saying each of the items in the book. We suggest using a program like iTunes to easily repeat over an over any phrases that are difficult for you. You will receive text (pdf file) and audio (mp3 files) in your download. For print edition, see Catalog No. 35001 Recorded August 2008 at Berkeley, California. Musician: Patience Chaitezvi.


    Book+CD
    35001

    $25.00
    Shona Lessons for Mbira Students (Book/CD)
    Shona Lessons for Mbira Students (Book/CD) Learn greetings and manners, and how to interact with your mbira teacher - important things like "Could you play slower"! We recorded author and master teacher Patience Chaitezvi saying each of the items in the book. We suggest using a program like iTunes to easily repeat over an over any phrases that are difficult for you. Print edition: Printed text and CD delivered by mail. For E-edition, see Catalog No. 35000 Recorded August 2008 at Berkeley, California. Musician: Patience Chaitezvi.


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