Long Introduction

Welcome to my little collection of dizi related materials. I'm not striving to make this a complete reference for the dizi, but instead will focus on some of the more useful practical aspects that one can self-correct on one's own.

While the actual name of the instrument is 笛子, I will stick to using the pinyin form of dizi for the rest of this collection as much as possible. I also try to use more standard (i.e. western) music terms as much as I can to make it easier to follow/cross reference with other music materials that one may come across. I am unfamiliar with dizi instruction outside of the Singapore subset of the East Asian cultural sphere (Sinosphere), so this can be seen as my contribution towards expanding the reach of dizi to a larger audience.

As at this point, this is still a work in progress, so some of the articles may not be written, or may be missing diagrams/pictures that I intend to put in to facilitate understanding.


Caveat 1: While I strive to provide accurate information on this page regarding the dizi, I am not a professional musician or dizi instructor. Everything written here is based on a synthesis of what I have read from dizi pedagogy, flute pedagogy, acoustic theory, and my personal experience as an amateur musician. Suggestions and corrections are welcome, contact me to send them.

Caveat 2: Like all music instruments, having a coach/teacher to guide the learning process is essential for improving. I do not know of specific coaches/teachers in your region---you are better off employing a search engine for that. No, I cannot be your teacher.

Caveat 3: I try to talk things from first principles as much as possible, so references aren't that forthcoming. Much of the instruction work isn't of a high [written] academic rigour, and thus much must be done through reasoning and synthesis (see also Caveat 1).