Description: The luc Huyen Cam is a type of guitar found in Vietnam that has been modified to incorporate the use of a scalloped fingerboard both acoustic and electric versions are available. Alternate names for this instrument include "dan ghita" or "ghita". Currently there are four stringed, five stringed and six stringed versions of this instrument available. In Vietnam during the 1920s an elementary school teacher Giao Ten along with his college Rach Gia introduced the guitar. The techniques used in this type of guitar playing involve a lot of note bending, vibrato and glissando they are influenced from traditional Vietnamese instruments such as the dan-bau, dan-nguyet (lute) and dan-tranh (zither). The luc huyen cam became a favourite musical instrument in the Nhac Tai Tu and Cai Luong genres. In 1927 the Ha ui cam or Hawaiian guitar (lap steel guitar) was introduced to Vietnam from Hawaii.
When achieving the usage of these tunings, one should avoid the use of thicker-gauge strings as they would be prone to snapping.
|C F C G C|
|Dây Rach-Gia||E A D G D G|
|Dây Lai (acculturated tuning)||D A D G D G|
|Dây Sai Gon (Saigon Tuning)||D G D G D G|
|Hu ai Cam (Slide Guitar)||G D G B D|