Dizi flute: characteristics, price, and history of the folk instrument


Dizi is a Chinese flute. One of the major musical instruments widely used in many genres of Chinese opera and modern Chinese orchestras. It is a popular musical instrument among Chinese people. Since Deeds is made of bamboo, it is sometimes called by names such as bamboo flute. Very thin, lightweight and often made of brightly colored bamboo, it is a very easy to buy instrument. It is known for its beautiful and beautiful tone.


According to information, it is called a Chinese flute, and this instrument was born in China. Generally, there is a membrane hole between the mouthpiece and the finger hole, and a thin membrane such as bamboo is pasted here. To blow, press the hole in the center with your finger to control the vibration and blow. Unlike the Japanese shakuhachi, it is a transverse flute. It has a unique sound like the koto, zi, erhu, and pipa. In Chinese it’s called a flute, but in other English languages it’s called dizi.

About the price

Current prices range from over 20,000 yen to over 500,000 yen. Many people also buy a replacement whistle. A horizontal flute can easily break if you play it incorrectly or if you are unlucky.

History of Dizi

Dizi is said to be an instrument that existed 9000 years ago. It is also said to be one of the oldest musical instruments. Fragments of flutes of this era are still playable today and are very similar to the modern version in terms of hole placement. A flute dating from 7,000 BC to 5,000 BC was found at the Jiahu Neolithic site in central Henan Province, China. The flutes found are engraved with 5 to 8 holes, which can produce a sound of about an octave. In the middle of the 20th century, traditional deeds were used for purposes such as accompaniment to Kunqu. In the 1930s, an 11-hole, fully chromatic dizi was developed, pitched in the same range as the flute.

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Features of Dizi

Dizi has a short pitch, high pitch, bright sound quality, and a high-pitched tone. In northern China, it is used in music genres such as Kunqu, Banji Opera, and Elentai. In southern China, it is the main tuned instrument of Kunqu opera and is used in various music. Deeds are played using a variety of “advanced” techniques such as circular breathing, slides, pop notes, harmonics, “flying finger” trills, multiphonics, flutter-tonguing, and double tonguing.


Types of Dizi

There are generally two types of Dizi. The longer version is Kudi in southern China, with a dark tone. The short version is Bandy in northern China, which produces a bright tone.




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