Model 5288 Alto C Professional Level Dizi Bamboo Flute Chinese Musical Instrument
Alto C major professional level dizi Manufacturer :carrotmusic Model
no :5288 Instrument range :G3-A5 Free accessories :One pack of dizi
membrane,one dizi pouch Suitable levels :Beginner to professional Design
:Regular Dizi : 6 finger holes on the front. Material :(Flute body)Bitter
bamboo ,Kuzhu-Pleioblastus amarus(Keng)Keng f.,(decoration on both
ends)pattern ox horn,(metal joint part)copper alloy Instruction :Yes(online
resource center) Instruction language :English Origin of component :Hangzhou,P.R.C.
Manufacturer in :Hangzhou,P.R.C.
The main body of the instrument is bamboo, with thread wraps between
holes, a well-fitting machined metal press-joint for the two pieces, and
what looks like light-colored animal horn trim at the ends. Some engraved
calligraphy near the head of the flute makes for a nice touch, and the
whole thing is well-lacquered on the outside. The lacquer itself feels
like it can take quite a beating (not that I'm going to abuse this!). In
my hands (which hadn't held a flute in years), the flute has a range of
about two octaves.
The flute is packaged with a soft cloth carrying bag and a pack of dimo
paper. For those who aren't familiar with Chinese flutes, there is a
mokong (membrane) hole closest to the mouthpiece area; applying dimo paper
to this hole with e-jiao (donkey-hide) glue will modify the timbre of the
flute. Stretching a strip of dimo paper taut over the mokong hole, with
just a few wrinkles over the hole, causes the flute to produce a nice,
bright sound. Too many wrinkles will make the flute sound too tinny,
though. Another note, particularly for those who have been trained on
modern western flutes: there is no raised mouthpiece on a traditional
flute (Chinese or otherwise), and no padded/levered covers for the finger
holes. Your fingers and embrasure will have to work a bit harder to get
good pitch control.
How to Choose a Flute
Instrument Flute of the most popular instruments in the world,
the flute is played by people of all ages and skill levels. Flute repertoire
is extensive: the instrument is used in school band programs, symphony
orchestras, flute choirs, jazz ensembles, and as a solo instrument. Popular,
classical, jazz, and even rock music has been either written or transcribed for the instrument.
Many people are unaware that the concert, or C flute is the best-known
member of a family of related instruments played in the same manner. The
Instrument flute family consists of the piccolo, E flat, concert, alto, and bass
flutes. The concert flute is the instrument of choice for beginners.
INSTRUMENT FLUTE HISTORY
An ancient Chinese flute, the "tsche," played in about 2637 BC, is believed to be the earliest transverse
flute (an instrument held horizontally). Made of bamboo, both sides were closed, with a mouth-hole in the middle.
Flute have been made of glass, wood, ceramic, brass, and even human and animal bones. Gradually, improvements over the crude designs were made, keys were added, and attempts were made to improve the pitch and sound of the instrument. It is to the genius of Theobald Boehm of Munich (1794-1881), a flutist, composer, and inventor, that we owe credit for the modern flute used today.
CHOOSING THE PROPER INSTRUMENT
The regular concert flute (C flute) comes in "one-size-fits-all." Unlike the violin, there are no graduated sizes to fit students as they grow. The entry-level flute has the same size finger placement as the professional model. Most young players, however, do not experience insurmountable problems. As mentioned earlier, the young student who has difficulty reaching the keys because of the instrument's length should start with a flute that offers a curved-style
head joint. This head joint positions the instrument flute body and keys within the reach of smaller players. As the young flutist grows, a change to the regular straight head joint can be made. The band director or fl. teacher can assist parents with this decision.
INSTRUMENT FLUTE FINANCES
Flutes vary in price, depending upon the model and material. It is extremely important for the beginner student to have a high-quality, entry-level instrument.
Buying a used instrument or "bargain basement" Flute without consulting a professional flutist is ill-advised, as you may be wasting your money. Badly made flutes encourage early student dropouts from band programs.
Most good entry-level flutes are priced in the $600 range for a plateau (closed-hole) model. French models (open-hole) cost approximately $150 more.