Dan Day

Initially, the dan day was an accompanying instrument used only for one genre of song, which later divided in two variations known today as hat cua dinh and hat a dao.

     The dan day, which is exclusively played by men, most probably originated in the 15th century when musical genres were first forming. This bass instrument has high frets and a very long neck. As a result of the unusual technique of ngon chun (slacking the string with the fingers), players may lower the tones.

     The dan day can always be distinguished from other instruments in a concert by its low register and its warm, dull, short sounds. Apart from accompanying hat cua dinh and hat a dao songs, the dan day is now also used to accompany poems. Due to its refined and modest sounds, the dan day is sometimes compared to a secluded philosopher.

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