Fundamentals of the qudi

The qudi is the dominant form of dizi from Southern China. Its general technical characteristics include:

  1. Strong legato playing;
  2. Use of dayin and dieyin to articulate notes;
  3. General prohibition of using tongue articulations;
  4. Grace notes tend to be appoggiatura in nature.

Stylistically, the qudi as a Southern China instrument plays strong melodies with a flowing nature. Expect to see sixteenth notes that make use of various pentatonic scale arpeggios to bring about the easy-flowing nature.

Timbrally, the qudi has a mellow feel despite playing mostly in concert octave 5/6.