Instrument Feature: The Mamaquena Flute of the Andes

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Listen to the harmonic overtones of this very special flute from the Andes mountains in South America, the Mamaquena, in our video above.

Mamaquena Bamboo Flute by La Rosa Flutes

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Description

The Mamaquena is the “mother of all flutes” according to the La Rosa family, a large version of one of the most popular Andean flutes, the quena. The quena is characterized by it’s slit-like mouthpiece, usually carved into the wooden body, that splits the airstream and created the sound generating vibration. The mamaquena has particular been used by Tito La Rosa and other exponents of the andean sound school to create a deep, warm and rich tone that is extremely responsive to the breath of the player. The quena sound is also characterized by harmonic jumps, which can be manipulated with the intensity of the breath.

Watch our video demo of the Mamaquena:

These mamaquena flutes are available in two keys: A Minor Pentatonic and B Minor Pentatonic. These are 5-fingerhole flutes on which it is quite easy to play up and down the scale. The A Minor flute is overall larger and plays lower tones. The B Minor flute is smaller and easier for beginners to play.

Scale: A Minor Pentatonic
Notes: A C D E G A

Scale B Minor Pentatonic
Notes: B D E F# A B

This photo shows a size comparison of the A Minor (larger) and B Minor (smaller) mamaquena flutes:

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 32 × 4 × 4 in
Model

A Minor Pentatonic, B Minor Pentatonic

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