Dan Luc Huyen Cam

Name: Dan Luc Huyen Cam.
Type: Chordophones > Lutes > Guitar > Scalloped.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.5
Country: Vietnam.
Region: South East Asia.

Description: The đàn lục huyền cầm [literal translation “lute with six strings”], or colloquially đàn ghi-ta phím lõm the literal translation is ghi ta, “guitar”, phim “fret”, lom, “sunken.  This particular type of guitar is a Vietnamese adaptation. The guitar was adopted by Vietnamese musicians during the 19th Century. This form of guitar is commonly used in cải lương or “Southern Reformed Theater.    Having a scalloped fingerboard allows for note bending and other ornamentation that are featured throughout Vong Co.  

Dan Luc Huyen Cam Tunings
Names Tunings
Day Rach-Gia E A D G D G
Day Lai D A D G D G
Day Sai D G D G D G

Citations: Bibliography: Adelaida Reyes Songs of the Caged, Songs of the Free: Music and the Vietnamese Refugee Experience 1999 Page 186 “This “doctoring” involves carving the fingerboard deeper between the frets, making the fingerboard look scalloped. … Also called lục huyền cầm [literally, guitar; see Jones-Bamman 1991:73-75] or Vietnamese guitar, the instrument has six strings.” ; The Garland handbook of Southeast Asian music – Page 262 Terry E. Miller, Sean Williams 2008 “Lục huyền cầm “six-stringed instrument” and dan ghi-ta are Vietnamese terms for the Western guitar, used in traditional …” ; Cải lương is also called Southern Reformed Theater [Nguyen and Campbell 1990:28; Pham Duy 1975:112] ; Websites : Encyclopedia of Vietnamese Music ;

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