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» How To Get A Clear Tone Out Of Quenacho?

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I expect this issue is common to all beginning flute players. I get a consistent tone out of my quenacho, but it is very "airy"... you can hear a lot of wasted air.

How do you get a clear tone? Is it a matter of making the mouth opening smaller? Or a matter of blowing harder?

I love this player's beautiful tone:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f56bAqHIbpg

But I'm unsure how to proceed. Any tips.

Thanks for any help.


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Practice, practice, practice. It's the same on Anasazi or any rim-blown flute, I think. As you practice more you become more efficient with air flow and air usage. My tone now is much different than when I began with rim-blown flutes.

Don't be discouraged. It will get better and clearer!

Lizabeth


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QUOTE(ameetnsharma @ Jul 6 2017, 06:49 PM) *
I expect this issue is common to all beginning flute players. I get a consistent tone out of my quenacho, but it is very "airy"... you can hear a lot of wasted air.

How do you get a clear tone? Is it a matter of making the mouth opening smaller? Or a matter of blowing harder?

I love this player's beautiful tone:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f56bAqHIbpg

But I'm unsure how to proceed. Any tips.

Thanks for any help.


It could also be a quality of that particular flute. Is it well made?


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QUOTE(rocksncactus @ Jul 7 2017, 07:48 AM) *
Practice, practice, practice. It's the same on Anasazi or any rim-blown flute, I think. As you practice more you become more efficient with air flow and air usage. My tone now is much different than when I began with rim-blown flutes.

Don't be discouraged. It will get better and clearer!

Lizabeth


Thanks!


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QUOTE(tootieflutie58 @ Jul 7 2017, 04:34 PM) *
It could also be a quality of that particular flute. Is it well made?


Really don't know. It was a gift.


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On quena and quenacho you need to have a very, very focused, tight, narrow air stream. It takes quite a bit of time and practice in order to train your lips to become sufficiently tight at the middle and then still it might sound airy, but note that these flutes do sound airy, but note in the same way a shakuhachi does. They have a very thin, pure hiss.
The quenacho is more forgiving, though and the embouchure is similar as for playing bansuri, but still a bit tighter.

This post has been edited by radhamohan: Jul 8 2017, 12:01 AM


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Try an embouchure with a tight slit, between the teeth, for the air stream. Then practice a lot to get the clean sound quality.


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Thanks everyone for the tips!


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