Simboti

There are five types of tuning of Simboti.

TUNE TYPE
MEANING
MUSICAL SCALE
REMARKS
Saung Weme
Sound of Bee
B
HighALow and Bandambira is high Saungweme
Samusengere
Red wood wasp
B
HighALowALowest
Mbuza Mbuza
A dragonfly
A
HighALow
Mazingizi
Wood wasp
A
HighestAHighALowALowest
Mavembe
Stuttering
B
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According to Simboti, "The name of a tune of mbira comes entirely from the sound of the fluttering of an insect, and there is no other official name than that". He uses the Western music scale only concerning the notes from A to B. This is because he wants to produce only a usable tune for the ensemble that he is traditional. In addition, the reason is because it is not possible for the performance that is early by an ensemble of too high tuning and too low tuning of a tone.

In addition, the famous Dambatsoko, the traditional tuning of the Mujuru family, belongs to the "Lowest Mazingizi" tuning group.

Please look at the upper tuning list. Each musical scale contains Samusengere and Mavembe, Mbuza Mbuza and Mazingizi, but there is a clear distinction between two different tunings. One song may sound perfect on a certain mbira but another song on the same instrument may not be as pleasing to the ear. This is because the tuning of an mbira, however subtle, greatly affects the atmosphere of the music. However, the music should be played according to what you think yourself sounds beautiful.

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