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02-05-2013, 02:28 AM
I've been told at my music studio that I have a new student who wants to learn these instruments. Though I protested since I don't play them, I was assured that that was okay. So my new Peruvian quenacho is traveling in the mail to me. In the meantime, I'm trying to learn about them.

Can anyone help? I have sort of deduced that the quena is a smaller version of the quenacho (same fingerings?). I did have a lesson with the kid last week just to meet him and see his instrument, and it seemed that the finger spread on the right hand for the quenacho was unbelievably wide. Can anyone comment on that, too? Any other tips or advice on playing and teaching the quenacho and quena would be appreciated. Thanks.

02-05-2013, 07:15 AM
well, I think this is always a good start to know anything


have you considered this?

He has also quena headjoints that fit concert flutes


Pete Thomas
02-05-2013, 07:51 AM
How about this:


This is the instruction manual that came with my Quena, which I bought in Cuzco.

My first lesson:


The hat is compulsory

02-05-2013, 07:54 AM
very fetching :)

Pete Thomas
02-05-2013, 08:10 AM




And the obligatory "Condor Overtake"


02-05-2013, 08:13 AM
this is a male instrument, it has to be used by a MANNERY.......

Pete Thomas
03-09-2013, 03:38 PM
I've heard nothing in response so maybe it wasn't worth taking the time to help!

03-12-2013, 01:42 PM
Traditionally the quena is held differently than pictured: the left had covers only three holes--thumb underneath, index on hole 1 and middle on 2. The L ring finger is placed underneath the instrument to support it. Right hand covers like this: hole 3 index, hole 4 middle, hole 5 ring, and pinky for hole 6. I started as pictured and it was a bitch to change, but it is definitely better as described.

There are different hole placements and sizes, depending on where the instrument is made, corresponding roughly to the difference between German and Baroque recorders. If we considered all holes covered as fingered C (as on concert flute), and thumb and five holes covered as fingered D, there are major differences at fingered F. Some instruments have a small hole 4, so that fingered F is played T12/3. Others have holes of nearly equal size, so that fingered F is a fork: T12/3-5. In the former case, there is no really good F#, but the best is T12/-45, whereas the latter has a lovely F# using T12/3.

03-29-2013, 01:44 PM
I've heard nothing in response so maybe it wasn't worth taking the time to help!

Thanks for your help, Pete.

Is it fair to assume that the quenacho has the same fingerings and technique as the quena?

vladimir khrobystov
11-18-2014, 05:03 AM
I have come here first time. Thanks to all the people for very interesting materials and ideas! I'm professional musician educated as oboist and now mostly play bamboo flutes. Quena and quenacho are my favorites. Now we release the album "Integer" with composer and percussionist Rick Batyr - there I play on quena. And also I'd like to present you my new piece "After a flock of cranes". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_zeoldiwcU

11-18-2014, 06:46 AM
very Nice!!!!