Two Basic/Common Fingering Patterns

Fingering patterns. These are the life blood of playing the correct tone in the dizi family of instruments. Since most of the dizi one is likely to look at comes from the 6-hole dizi family, focus will be placed on that instead. Subsequent series of articles will explore fingering patterns deeper (i.e. chromaticity and the dizi), or broader (i.e. variations on the dizi).

Rather than replicating the work that is already done in another related and more complete article, we will merely highlight the two basic/common fingering patterns that must be mastered. They are:

  1. 筒音作 (tongyin as ).
  2. 筒音作 (tongyin as ).

These two patterns cover the most common keys that one is likely to see with a dizi, especially if one were to be playing with an orchestra. Naturally, if one were to work on solo pieces, these two basic/common fingering patterns are insufficient.

For hints on how to read and interpret the charts, please consult the main article on the simplified charts.

Those who are less inclined to read more but have specific dizi and staff that they want to know the right fingering patterns for can look at part 2 of the 12-tone fingering chart article to download some other charts.