Do You Use a Capo?

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  1. Greg_L

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    Oh okay I see. I don't ever play covers so I never considered the "playing it properly" part or having to move the key for a singer. I can see that being tricky stuff.

    I'm thinking like how I'd incorporate a capo into writing original material. I never thought I had a need for it before because you know, you can write however you want. I'm thinking, why play an E with a capo when I can just play a normal E? And if it messes up the rest of the fretboard, then why bother? But I see what you're saying. Mike Ness plays electric rock and roll with capo. I'm gonna try it like he does and see what happens.
     
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    I've used mine with 9's and I've had no major issues.
     
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    Nowadays, just for changing from open D to open E, fretting on the first fret. Acoustic and electric.
     
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    Imagine you're George Harrison writing Here Comes The Sun. How would he answer that question?
     
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    Try telling Patty Griffin that using a capo is a crutch. Let us know how well that goes.



    Her vocal range is the main driver. But the chords and hammer-on need to be played in an open position, or it won't sound right. Period. And this song needs to be done right. Or don't do it at all.



    Words really can't convey the impact of this song and her performance, studio or live. She's one of a kind.
     
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    Ha interesting. I can't relate to that. I'm not him (obviously) in that time and place and I really have no idea how that song goes.

    If he used a capo, If I could ask him in person, I'd wonder what his thought process was to decide on using a capo instead of just writing it for "normal" chords.
     
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    Have you tried a capo? The voice of the chords is very different.

    Also, think of it this way - capo two and you get to play a Bm chord as an open Am, which again is a different voice and allows different transitional note possibilities.
     
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  8. Whatizitman

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    All I can say is to go listen to it. Really listen to it. That oughta answer your question enough. I'm not trying to be snotty. There's reasons why it's considered a timeless hit. And it's actually really easy to learn to play.
     
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    I've not given a capo a serious effort. Just screwing around.

    I'll check that out thanks.
     
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    I prefer playing to tuning up and don’t believe that you need to copy a performance as originally recorded to make it sound “right”
     
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    Capos are such an integral part of flamenco playing you'd almost think they'd just redesign the guitar)
     
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  12. Whatizitman

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    Oh, internet. Why do I even try?

    SMH
     
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    You!

     
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    Great example!
     
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    Playing acoustic, yeas some. Playing the Archtop maybe a song or two. Playing electric blues rock etc, No.
     
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    If you want to sound like Eric Idle, you use a capo. Simple.

     
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    Yes - many are Beatle songs - "Norwegian Wood", "Its only Love", "Michelle", "Here Comes The Sun", "Nowhere Man", "Julia", "Girl", "If I needed Someone" (12 String), ….
     
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    Yes, I do, and I use a capo because I often play accompaniment to three different female
    vocalists in praise/worship settings. It's a price I pay for the chance to accompany these women
    with beautiful voices.
    Yes, I'm familiar with all of the arguments against using a capo, and maybe it makes me feel a little silly, something like an adult wearing inflatable arm bands at a swimming pool.
     
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    *puts on corporate training hat*

    Yes. A great example of how not using a capo, uh, really changes things up!





    *quietly closes brief case, walks out. Hails cab. Throws wads of cash at the driver. Yells, "Just drive. Drive, doggammit! Drive!"*
     
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    You always have to tune when you put a capo on. No way around it. It helps to have a good set up and a capo with adjustable tension like a Shubb capo. But you still have to tune with the capo on, then retune when you take it off.
     
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