How to play the dizi ? — Chinese flute [part 1]
This course is elaborately written by Taiwan Dizi Master, Mr. Chen Chung-sheng, with his 50 years teaching and performing experience.
It will introduces you how to play the dizi(Chinese bamboo flute) starting from knowing nothing about music~
This course is designed for the beginners to have one class per week(15~25 min); practice 30 min per day, then you will lay the solid groundwork, and be able to play some short songs after finishing the 10 lessons.
Each class is divided into three parts :
1. Listen to a classic
2. Play the dizi
3. Recite a poem
The second part titled “Play the Dizi” is the kernel of this course, mainly focused on the instruction of playing techniques for Dizi.
The first part titled “Listen to a Classic” and the third part titled ” Recite a Poem” are both expected to expose you more broadly to Dizi from the aspect of culture.
Physical materials including: (you can consider if you need them.)
Dizi in G key, dimo, er-jiao, and the textbook.
the buying link will be posted in the first lesson.
・If you don’t have an instrument
The dizi we prepare for you is especially designed for this course, which is not expensive but sounds very nice, and also easy to blow.
Most sheet music of exercises and short songs are shown in the video with numbered musical notation, you can play all the tunes with the online courses.
Lesson 1: Blowing the bamboo pipe
physical material :
・Textbook (4 books with a bamboo pipe and the english translation brochure)
・Dizi in G key (with a set of dimo and er-jiao for free) and a bamboo pipe
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If you want to listen to the full music, you can search the key word "萬年紅" on youtube.
You will find several different versions of this song! :-)
We practice blowing into a bamboo pipe in this episode before we start to play the dizi.
It helps you get used to the feeling of blowing air into an aerophone instrument.
In this episode, teacher Chen will teach you how to make the correct mouth shape to help you make a clear sound.
You can download the textbook PDF. It's on the right side~!
Lesson 2: Do Re Mi Exercise (part 1)
Let's practice blowing the bamboo pipe.
This episode briefly introduces the structure of dizi, if you want to learn more detail, you can see it in the attached material.
This class will teach you how to hold the dizi correctly while playing.
Air gap is the hole made my lips as known as the embouchure hole in western wind instruments.
In this class teacher Chen will teach you how to make an air gap, which allows you to make a clear sound.
The exercises in this class consist of only three notes do, re, mi.
It help you practice the fingering of these three notes.
在這一課裡的練習曲都只有以三個音 do, re, mi 所組成，可以幫助你熟練這三個音的指法。
Lesson 3: Do Re Mi Exercise (part 2)
In this episode, aside from the instruction of the exercise, will also tell you the gist of breathing.
This video will introduce the standing and the sitting posture while playing the dizi.
If you've practiced the first part of the exercises well, let's join the duet! The arrangements are simple but also very interesting! You can also download the wav file to practice with~~!
Lesson 4 – Si La Exercise (Part 1)
The right hand is added in this class. You will learn the fingering of note si and la, and also practice the jumping fingering.
If you fail to make a sound, here are some possible reasons. Let's stand in front of a mirror and check them one by one.
Lesson 5 – Si La Exercise (Part 2)
The phrases in this class are getting longer, so you will need to regulate your breath more consciously. But don't worry, teacher Chen will teach us how to practice!
Let's play the four beautiful duets with Miss Lai and the child!
Lesson 6 – Practicing Note Sol (part 1)
The bass note sol is added in this class. And there are more details you should be concerned when you're playing. Teacher Chen will demonstrate them through the exercises to help you understand clearly.
Lesson 7 – Practicing Note Sol (part 2)
The progressed exercises with bass note sol
This class introduces the syncopated rhythm which can enrich the variation of music. let's do it together!
In this class teacher Chen will demonstrate how to attatch the dimo. And the more details about how to adjust the dimo are written in the textbook PDF. you can download it on the right side of this video~!
Lesson 8 – Lesson 8 – Short Songs (1)
Miss Lai and the little Ye Yen-bo will play the short songs' duet for us.
Teacher Chen will play the four short songs in this lesson with piano accompaniment for us. If you've practiced well, you can pick up your dizi and join the video, or download the accompaniments mp3 to play along with.
Lesson 9 – Short Songs (2)
Slur is an important musical symbol for dizi. It indicates if a note should be aspirated or not. Here are some examples in this video for you to help you understand the differences when it's marked on the notation.
Let's join the duet!
Lesson 10 – Short Songs (3)
Congrats! This is the last lesson in elementary textbook part 1 ! Keep going~!