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» Identify A Quena

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I bought this off eBay years ago and I would like to know a little bit about it like what it's made out of and I'm really stretching it out here but maybe who it's made by. When I bought it there was no description and as far as I know it might just be a wall ornament. It does play and it seems to be in tune and is in the key of G from my testing. I am a beginner so I am not sure about anything. As an afterthought I have been searching and can't find any printable practice material like scales and arpeggios's etc. Can anyone stear me in the right direction?

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Not sure of the wood, but it is similar to Honduras Mahogany. It is more unusual for the wraps to be inlaid. The finger holes are pretty typical for quena, as is the mouthpiece. Yes, the common key for quena is a G, with quenacho commonly being in D. Obviously, other keys are made, but those are the common ones you usually see.

I assume there is no maker marking on this one. Many are labeled, but many are not.

The tuning is straight up, diatonic tuning. The thumb hole, is the one thing that is often new to players of NAF from the U.S. Keep that closed, except when you need it, such as for an octave jump or an upper octave that needs clarity. There are times when you only want to crack the thumb hole, and other times when you need to open it completely.

These usually play better, with a "slit" type of embouchure, creating a more precise splitting effect on the blowing edge.

Hope that is of some help.

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QUOTE(Rick McDaniel @ Jun 15 2017, 11:23 AM) *
Not sure of the wood, but it is similar to Honduras Mahogany. It is more unusual for the wraps to be inlaid. The finger holes are pretty typical for quena, as is the mouthpiece. Yes, the common key for quena is a G, with quenacho commonly being in D. Obviously, other keys are made, but those are the common ones you usually see.

I assume there is no maker marking on this one. Many are labeled, but many are not.

The tuning is straight up, diatonic tuning. The thumb hole, is the one thing that is often new to players of NAF from the U.S. Keep that closed, except when you need it, such as for an octave jump or an upper octave that needs clarity. There are times when you only want to crack the thumb hole, and other times when you need to open it completely.

These usually play better, with a "slit" type of embouchure, creating a more precise splitting effect on the blowing edge.

Hope that is of some help.


Thanks Rick, I've looked everywhere and there isn't any markings anywhere. I was thinking the same as you that the wrap isn't usually inlaid and that's why I thought someone might be able to I.D it.


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Rick's info was spot on. It looks like it's probably a good instrument. The cheap-o souvenir models are rarely made of wood and never have that kind of detail to things like the binding wraps.

Any practice materials should be easy enough to get by googling up exercises for the recorder. Here's a good link to quena fingerings:

https://musescore.org/en/project/quena



QUOTE(willne1 @ Jun 15 2017, 02:11 PM) *
I bought this off eBay years ago and I would like to know a little bit about it like what it's made out of and I'm really stretching it out here but maybe who it's made by. When I bought it there was no description and as far as I know it might just be a wall ornament. It does play and it seems to be in tune and is in the key of G from my testing. I am a beginner so I am not sure about anything. As an afterthought I have been searching and can't find any printable practice material like scales and arpeggios's etc. Can anyone stear me in the right direction?


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QUOTE(Keith Glowka @ Jun 15 2017, 01:26 PM) *
Rick's info was spot on. It looks like it's probably a good instrument. The cheap-o souvenir models are rarely made of wood and never have that kind of detail to things like the binding wraps.

Any practice materials should be easy enough to get by googling up exercises for the recorder. Here's a good link to quena fingerings:

https://musescore.org/en/project/quena


I hope you're right it seems like it was very well made to me. That's very good to know about the recorder, I shouldn't have any trouble at all finding exercises for that smile.gif


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It doesn't look like a cheap quena. I bet it plays very well.


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It looks like a nice quena.

Here is a link to some music and some instruction. It isn't in English but I actually copied the info into google translate and then pasted it into a word doc.

http://quenaperu.blogspot.com/2008/12/partituras.html

Google "quena lesson videos" and you will get lots of videos.

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Fingering chart: https://www.quenamall.com/pages/quena-fingering-chart


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QUOTE(tootieflutie58 @ Jun 16 2017, 11:22 PM) *

Thanks for the links and the tip about pasting into a word document works good. My experience is with a regular silver C flute and it's confusing trying to learn the Quena fingerings, especially the notes below the staff blink.gif


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