The Dizi is a transverse bamboo flute. It has a membrane hole located between the blowhole and sixth finger hole. This thin membrane, which looks like rice paper, is made of bamboo. When the Dizi is played, the membrane vibrates, producing a sweet, bright tone.
The Sheng is the world’s oldest free-reed wind instrument. It can play up to six notes in harmony. Unlike a harmonica, which produces a different sound when the musician inhales and exhales, the Sheng’s note only changes when the musician moves the finger over the instrument. It is a solo as well as an ensemble instrument.