Fundamentals of dizi

In this series of articles, we look into the biomechanical aspects of playing on the dizi. Since the best way to actually master the correct biomechanical handling of the dizi requires constant supervision and correction from a qualified instructor, the series of articles here will attempt to enumerate all the possible [controllable] variables so that fine-tuning can be easily done.

biomechanical variables considered
Diagram showing all the biomechanical variables being considered.

The possible controllable variables are classified according to the following broad principles, namely:

  1. External posture as the basis for supporting everything.
  2. Diaphragm control as the basis for powering the tone from the dizi.
  3. Buccal control as the basis for shaping the timbre and attack of the tone.
  4. The dimo as the final fine-tuning of the timbre of the tone.
  5. Finger posture as the basis for inter-tone tone agility.

Lastly, two basic/common fingering patterns are described in some detail to kick-start the basic playing of the dizi. More advanced fingering patterns can be sought out in Chromaticity and the dizi series of articles.

Once the fundamentals of the dizi are understood, the interplay of each of these components for various musical effects can be found in litany of ornamentation series of articles.

Ideally, diagrams will accompany the points that I am trying to make here, but they will be inserted in as and when I have the time and capability to generate them.