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 Post subject: Quena/Whistle
PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2018 6:19 am 
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What make and key whistle sounds the closest to a Quena??? The Quena is in G, but a G whistle doesn't come close to sounding like a Quena. The 2nd octave of the Quena is difficult to play, especially since it has such a small mouth piece. Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Quena/Whistle
PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2018 11:26 pm 
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You might consider looking at Eric the Flutemakers website. I have some bamboo flutes and a quenacho flute made by Eric, and they have that distinctive bamboo sound. He also makes whistles now, so I’d expect they may have a similar sound since they are also bamboo...I believe.
Just a thought.

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 Post subject: Re: Quena/Whistle
PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 5:21 am 
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I don't think any whistle will sound anything like a Kena.

Likewise no whistle will sound like a flute (in spite of people saying that all the time).

If a Kena is the sound that's needed, you'll only get it from a Kena.

About the difficulty of the 2nd octave 1) it varies from Kena to Kena and 2) it's a matter of practice.

I have a Kena that has an exceptionally easy 2nd octave. I used to play it quite a bit, my Kena embouchure was pretty good, and if I picked up any other Kena the 2nd octave would seem stiff and difficult.

So if you want Kena, try a number of different ones and you'll probably find one with easy high notes.

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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 7:20 am 
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Quena come in many sizes and keys. The characteristic Quena sound comes from the way the sound is produced and you can't really reproduce that any other way.
Luckily, the Quena is about the easiest real musical instrument to make. There is no complex head/fipple to make, just a notch. Excellent Quenas can be made from PVC pipe with only simple tools: saw,drill (electric is easier),measuring tape,files. Google PVC Quena and you'll find plenty of simple instructions.
Learning to get a good sound from a Quena is a little tricky at first, but hang in there and you'll get it.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:12 pm 
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IMO it's not more difficult than the embouchure when playing a flute. You'll get the hang of it. So just buy one if you like the sound.


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