You Can Tune a Kalimba…

Step graphics make it easy for learners to sequentially walk through a process, workflow, or procedure. They can be used for all types of learning interactions, from procedural training to interactive storytelling. If you have a process that’s complex or just hard to describe, step graphics are an excellent way to show (rather than tell) how to get the job done. In one of his weekly e-learning challenges, David Anderson asked us designers create a step graphic interaction.

Enter, the Kalimba
I’m also a musician, and for years I’ve wanted to create an online lesson on how to tune a kalimba. The kalimba (aka mbira or thumb piano) is a musical instrument with metal tines you press down on like a piano to play melodies. A lot of tourists buy these on exotic vacation trips, take them home and watch them collect dust. Most people think they are only decorative noisemakers, and don’t realize you can actually tune them and make beautiful music from them.

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