27 October 2015
27 October 2015,
Having problems handling your dimo?

As affixing dimo on a dizi may prove difficult for many beginners, the common alternative recommended is transparent adhesive tape (locally referred to as “Scotch tape”). As tape does not require any sort of preparation and is, of course, not easily torn, some do not bother (sadly) with learning how to affix dimo on their flute at all.
While a seemingly easier choice, what they don’t realise is that the timbral qualities of the flute change with the use of tape as compared to dimo. The dimo is made from the interior of a bamboo shoot, and is what gives the dizi its characteristic buzzing timbre. In conjunction with techniques unique to this instrument, this contributes to the flavour of many pieces in which the dizi is featured.

On the other hand, when tape is used, the resultant sound is more mellow, similar to the tone of the Western flute. While it may not sound bad, it is not suited for playing pieces in which you want to express the unique quality of this instrument. Hence, it is recommended that tape be used only during practice, and not during actual performances.

Check out the following video to hear the difference!

Click here for a video showing you how to fix the Dimo on the Dizi.


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4 responses on “Dizi: Dimo VS Tape

  1. Deborah Duncan says:

    Thank you for this information. I learned several nuances that I did not know. I think it will be easier for me to affix the dimorphism now.

  2. Deborah Duncan says:

    “Dimorphism ” should be “dimo”. Auto correct does not yet recognize some words on my machine. Sorry

  3. I just bought a Dizi today but no membrane was provided for it. But I will get some membrane before I leave Hong Kong. This is a great piece of information and hopefully I can learn the lovely instrument l

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