I'm planning on buying a Dizi (Chinese traverse bamboo flute). Dizi is a diatonic flute, so dizis come in different keys.

The options I'm considering from are:

F key dizi can play in: F major, C major, D minor, A minor

C key dizi can play in: C major, G major, A minor, E minor

D key dizi can play in: D major, A major, B minor, F# minor

Bass A dizi can play: A major, E major, F# minor, C# minor

Bass G dizi can play: G major, D major, E minor, B minor

My goal is to learn playing the flute and eventually start playing music together with other people (who are amateurs as well). Which key flute would be the best suited for this? I do like the sound of the bass flutes, but they do tend to be large, so I'm not sure they are best suited for beginners.

  • When you say that your "...goal is to learn playing the flute...", do you mean learn chromatic flute, or learn how to play the diatonic flute that you're considering purchasing?
    – John Doe
    Nov 6 '20 at 16:48

It appears that a dizi in D is easier to play than the others, and a lot of traditional music is written in that key. So there's a solution.

I'd have advocated buying three or four, but they aren't cheap! Good quality, at least. Having had a look around, there are cheap ones available for £10-£20, so it's feasible to buy those three or four for some people, who would then open up more options.

  • I was planning to buy a concert grade one which is around £100 to £200, would you recommend the cheaper ones instead?
    – O S
    Nov 6 '20 at 10:35
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    I think you really need to see someone who already plays, and get their opinion. If you are a complete beginner, a cheap and nasty one may not work well, and put you off. On the other hand, buying an expensive one, and losing interest after a short time, could be a waste.
    – Tim
    Nov 6 '20 at 11:49

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