A Danso for you

What is it?

The Danso is a Korean instrument based on the Chinese Xiao when it was imported in the 19th century.

Here’s how it looks and sounds

Not to be confused with

You may hear about it with other names like tanso or duanxiao. Pronounced /ˈdɑːnsəʊ/, from the meaning “short” and called Danso in Spanish, French and Portuguese. A person that plays it it’s just called a Danso player.


The instrument is from the Wind family meaning the sound comes by blowing air in a mouthpiece into a tube(resonator). 


The types of Danso are determined by material:

  • Bamboo: original and traditional ones.
  • Plastic: modern.

The range usually goes from G3 to G5.

Before you buy 

Getting a Danso for sale? as a gift? If you do, here’s all you need to know.

The price of the instrument is around $5 – $20 USD, the cheapest we found was a hand made bamboo danso, and the most expensive was a plastic one.

In the middle we have something like the PVC flute for $17 USD, you can search on amazon here or eBay here.

You won’t find big brands selling dansos, it’s usually handmade and the brand name is just the person who made the instrument, so when you buy just to make sure they have a guarantee and shipping to your country, good reviews, and if they don’t you can get them other ways

The size is around 16 x 1 x 2 In (40 x 3 x 5 Cm) and has a weight around 0.25 Lbs (0.12 Kgs).

Now that you know, you can check on eBay here.


There are a lot of accessories, but you won’t need any, but some may be useful, especially if you have them from other flutes like a bag & case; Bag for transportation and a case for safety and transportation. and a cleaning kit: a complete one should have brushes (short and extremely long), oil, microfiber, and germicide.

Start playing   

To learn to play each note you need a finger chart (or position chart).

We recommend learning to read sheet music to get the basics. We review resources to help you choose how you want to learn. Now that you know how to read them, you need to get some. 
Sheets come in different notations so we recommend checking various versions of the same sheets, searching for “scores” to get all instruments, and even the “song name for danso to save on translations.

Don’t forget all the details that combined make a big difference like the way you hold it, efficient warmups, positions, and techniques.

Remember, the danso is easy to learn (Koreans teach it in school) and fast too, it’s also similar to the xiao and venu, so you can combine those resources to help you learn.

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