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This instrument Andean found pottery and bone in archaeological samples in the region of Nazca (Peru) also found a large number of ancient paintings that record this instrument. This type of instrument is common to primitive cultures Andean often associated with fertility rituals of resurrection and life. The Quena currently being constructed of bamboo with holes 6 above and below one for the thumb, usually tuned in G greater, but there are also alternatives such as Quenilla and Quenacho. It has cut "U" that cuts the air and produces the sound. Instruments professionals reproduced between 2.5 to 3 octaves perfectly in tune. The bamboo that built the Quenas are specially selected and carefully parked.

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Instrument aerophone, vertical flute without aeroconducto with escotadura as "U" or "V" in the distal end, built in cane or bone about 30 to 40 cm long. It has commonly 6 holes in the wall and one in the previous post (this cover with your thumb and is the spokesperson). The pitch obviously depends upon the length of the instrument although usually constructed with the basic tune in A3. In pre-Columbian times it is also built on clay or stone, ceramic provides a sound very special instrument, can be seen in the photo at right and below


 

QUENA of CERAMIC- Click to see enlarged image.
QUENA of CERAMIC - Click to see enlarged image.

The Quena is undoubtedly the most important instrument of wind within the Andean folk music. At present Quena is used in three specific sectors. The first and oldest is like social flute used in festivals with bands flutists, religious or magical, and in the daily work for the care of herds. In the second Quena is used as a flute soloist or accompanying groups Creole or electric bands, as well as symphony orchestras. E1 last sector is very personal to be limited to the same people as soloists for entertainment. At maximum occur orquestinas camera but remain at the level of pure amateurs. And is that the joy he feels when the musician plays the quena can only be understood to touch yourself.

 

It can be found mainly in Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. 

Can be found Quenas made bamboo, pumpkin, bone flame or pelican, metal, wood, clay, stone, plastic and even human tibia. 
I would encourage anyone who deeper into the study of Quena, who knows crossing the threshold to be vetoed us for many years now. To know return to the simple things, to the ground. To understand that hands are not going to be more than himself, and whose door to communicate with us in the form of Quena thus acquires magical. .

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QUENA of WOOD - Click to see enlarged image.

 

 

In some places still virgin land, where man is an element inserted in microcosm, in their hours of rest after chasing monkeys, armadillos or tigrillos, or after harvest cassava take their Quena and with it sound in the wind. For the Quenas constructed using all kinds of rods, wood, bones of birds, monkeys, crabs, tigers and depending on the use to be giving them put their names, having to use Quenas night, daytime use, rest, tests, parties, sorrows, funerals, struggles ... 
It is a fact that is used mainly by men, but due to the patriarchal societies of these is "normal" that is the case, and is not ruled out their use sex as a warning or claim of availability. 
There is still the simplicity of the world has not been, nevertheless, troubled by wires and buttons. Hence Quena can not be different, it has no need to "evolve" complicate keys with his technique, it has already reached the limit itself, which is well above other instruments. 

Anyone who does not understand this you can make the most of it and of itself, because it is "wind made sound, the soul that escapes from their holes." 
So here we try to deepen far means permit, inciting those interested in further research and refine his technique with Quena.

 

QUENA of WOOD - Click to see enlarged image.
 

Quenas professionals wood

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Quenas professionals wood

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