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Tarka Flute Set – Family of Three with Cases – Mara Wood – Mahogany – Unvarnished

Tarka Flute Set – Family of Three with Cases – Mara Wood – Mahogany – Unvarnished

Traditional Bolivian Tarka Flute Set - Family of Three.

These roughly made block shaped flutes are traditionally played together in a family of three at ceremonies, festivals and rituals across Southern America. The simplicity of the tarka makes them ideal instruments for anyone to play.

Tarka - Mara Wood - Mahogany

Constructed from one piece of Mara wood (Mahogany), with a fipple at the mouthpiece, these instruments play in a recorder like fashion with 6 finger holes placed closely together, meaning anyone from adults to children can easily join in the fun.

Tuning of the Tarka

The main difference between the tarka and other South American flutes such as the quena and quenacho is that tarka flutes are essentially totally primitive, tribal instruments which are ‘octoctonic’.

They are not specifically tuned to a scale such as G major or D minor etc.. but are ceremonial instruments more so tuned to the instrument maker's individual ear.

Tarka flutes are normally played by the people who make them and are therefore very personal instruments whereby a family of three played together will produce a combined sound, unique to that particular family of tarkas.

As you can imagine, this results in many interesting and varying tones that help create the mystical and ceremonial aspect to the music they produce.

Although they are not tuned to a particular scale as they are octoctonic, the tuning of the tarkas you see here would ‘most resemble’ Sol minor ( Gm )

Small - 26 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm

Medium - 35 x 3.5 x 2.7 cm

Large - 54 x 4 x 3.5 cm

Tuning : Octoctonic - (See description - would most resemble Sol minor)

Free Woven Cases

This listing is for a set of three tarka flutes. Each come with their own colourful woven cases.

Price: £44.99
P&P: £4.99