The Dizi (pronounced 'Deets' or Dits') is a beautifully
sounding side blown instrument that is not as difficult to play as most people
think. If you can blow across the top of a bottle, you can play a Dizi.
Most commonly these instruments are created from bamboo but,
as with most instruments created from this material, problems can easily occur
due to bamboo's natural tendency to crack and/or split. So, I decided it
was time for an American made Dizi that would last a lifetime with little care
and attention but one which played and sounded as good as Bamboo. This
instrument does just that and more. Being created with a controlled bore size
(unlike bamboo) tuning is extremely accurate.
Created from specially selected Maple and Walnut this
instrument is light in weight and has a rich total quality.
The traditional Dizi has the addition of an extra hole
(optional extra) known as a mojong, which is bored midway between the
embouchure (chui kong) and the top fingering hole, over which is placed
(glued) a thin membrane known as 'dimo'. When the flute is played, the membrane
vibrates giving off a 'buzzing' timbre which is very popular in Chinese
The two breathing holes, shown below, act to
increase the hole at the foot of the instrument allowing additional air to be
drawn into the sound chamber when playing in the higher octave.