The acoustics of the Quena
by Alexander Naula
- If you are interested in learning about the science and acoustical properties of the quena, read this paper:
- Quick definition of the quena
Quena [Aymara]: A South American folk instrument from the Andes mountains (Bolivia and Peru). Similar to a flute, it is made out of cane, 25 to 50 cm. long with five or six finger holes and a thumb hole. A notch in the upper rim allows theperformer to blow across the sharp edge to create the sound. It is commonly heard as a solo instrument and in ensembles. Pre-Columbian versions have been found dating back to 900 B.C. and were made of bone and clay.
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