The Quena is an ancient upright flute with edge blowing, native to South America, especially in use among Ecuadorian, Chilean, Peruvian, Mexican, Bolivian and Northern Argentine Indians. Its origin is portrayed in existing paintings and drawings, made by people who inhabited, between 200 BC and 600 of our era, the cities of Nazca and Chimu, in Peru; where the instrument was once made from llama bone; its first examples were made with condor bones, stone or clay, materials later replaced by bamboo and wood... Quena is produced in the Greater Natural scale.

 

tunings

Quena flute is produced in 4 tunings, the smallest flute being tuned in B (SI), Quenilha. Then we have tuning in A (LA), G (SOL) and F (FA), with Quena in G the most used tuning.

The Quena cho is a Quena with a longer length and therefore a more serious sound, with greater spacing between the holes and indicated for those who already have some practice with vertical edge-wind flutes. We produce Quena cho in 3 tunings being E (MI), D (RE) and C (DO).  

BAMBOO

The bamboo selected for these flutes is of high acoustic quality, no internodes, perfectly cylindrical and thick-walled. The bamboos are shade-dried for 6 months, treated and sealed inside and out with Indian shellac to withstand time and variations in humidity and temperature. In addition to protection against fungi.  

NOZZLE

The mouthpiece of the flutes is made of bamboo and some models are made of wood, which makes the carving thicker and more resistant.

FINISHES

Quena and Quena cho are produced in 4 different finishes: natural bamboo, mahogany paint, black walnut paint (black) and tribal graphics.

All flutes receive non-toxic varnish (Indian shellac) and colored protective threads that can be chosen on the flute page. Choose a model between Quena and Quena cho and on the flute page you can choose the tuning. We don't produce in quantity, we create the flute for YOU, with full attention to sound quality.

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