Just an up-date on my upcoming purchase of some kind of African xylophone.Thing is, the more I delved into it, the more I realized just how many variations there are in these instruments. Different sizes, tunings, the shapes and also the sounds. So, I decided to take my time in the hope that I would eventually end up with the right instrument for what I had in mind. This is to fit in with my guitar, acoustic bass, djembe and a few other percussiony shaky things for some recording projects.
I was torn at one point because I preferred the sound of the gyil and some of the big balas that are curved with the huge calabash underneath. Problem is, these are all tuned to a pentatonic scale. This meant as far as guitar goes, I would be stuck really to one chord and the relative minor chord. Because of this, I decided to rule out the pentatonic ones and decided to go with a diatonic in the key of Gmaj. (G,C,D,Em,Am chords possible). That's enough for a lot of African music I think.
I have decided to go with a Guinean bala from Bara Gnouma on the reommendation of Paul. I have been dealing with a guy called Fabrice and he was extremely helpful and came up with a very good price considering it will ship directly from Africa to here in Georgia.
Bob, thanks for your offer of asking your teacher. I think if if I had not been so impressed by the guy at Bara Gnouma I would have taken advantage of your kind offer.
I'm relieved now that I have made the decision and now excited waiting for it to arrive. Just need to learn how to play it now, HA, HA....
All the best, Gordon.