Do You Use a Capo?

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by P Thought, Apr 30, 2019.

  1. 3-Chord-Genius

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    I thought this way for the better part of 20 years. I avoided them, and played bar chords in everything. Then I discovered a couple of years ago that open chords on an electric just sound better to my ears. I still hesitated using them in public, because I didn't want other people to thing I needed a crutch, but eventually the importance of tone outweighed the importance of what other other think about me, and I use a capo any time the song is in a weird key where I would normally have to play bar chords. I'm never looking back.

    Ironically, bar chords are easier for me to play than open chords, but it's really all about the tone.
     
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    I don't have time for capos, I'm too busy trying to figure out which direction my cables go.
     
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    From the back, between the strap and the body, down about six inches and then, finally, up and into the output jack.:p
     
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    I have all my guitars currently detuned half a step. I use a capo whenever I need to bring it up to standard pitch - ie jamming with a background track, using a harmonica, etc. The most common purpose, I believe, is to accommodate a vocalist. You can learn any song by changing key with a handy capo ready to go. Get a good one, it's worth it.
     
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    A capo is not a crutch... it's a necessary device in a working guitar players toolkit.
    There are things that are simply not possible without one.... regardless of how good you are.

    I don't use mine very often, but I never go to a gig without one, and it's always in reach in case I need it (ie: it's never sitting in the case).
     
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    I have only used one a few times.
    That's when I was learning a few Jethro Tull acoustic songs.
     
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    I use a capo several times a gig. Many times because our female singer often wants the song in something other than the standard key. If you have a good capo, and put it on with care their won't be too much fine tuning. And if there is some fine tuning needed, it shouldn't take much time for a quick adjustment. I can't imagine playing some songs and having them sound right, without a capo.....Sin City in C# or Love is a Rose in B flat? Those songs need ringing, open chords.
     
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    If you do, when, why and how do you use it?

    I capo my neck at the 1st fret whenever I take my neck off my guitar so I can work on it without restringing it.

    I've also used it to clamp a cracked neck I glued back together.

    what else are they used for?

    i have a capo pedal, but it won't keep the string on the neck when I unbolt it.


     
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    I use capos primarily on acoustic guitars, especially when playing with another acoustic guitar. I was in an acoustic trio [2 guitars + bass] and the rule of thumb was - whoever was singing plays the cowboy chords and the other player uses a capo. It turned out to be an eye opening experience. Since then I find two guitarists playing the exact same chord positions is just lazy & sounds boring. If you watch how Dan Tyminski & Don Block work out their use of capos in AKUS you find a wealth of options [at least I did].

    Something else that really comes in handy when I find the need to drop the key of a song and how it can open up all kinds of new sounds and chord voicings by utilizing a capo. If you have a back catalog of songs this can be a way to breathe new life into them.

    Where I've used capos the most is using partial capos, which I recently explained here. So, yeah, I use capos all the time.
     
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    One thing I forgot to mention: I tune my guitars down to D Standard. The more I stay with this tuning the more things I like about it. One thing is using a capo on the 2nd fret which brings it up to E Standard with the added benefit of having closer string spacing which is much appreciated by my aging hands.
     
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    What I never do is clip my capo onto my headstock.
    Firstly it looks dicky.
    Also, having done this dicky thing years ago, I now have a permanent stain on the headstock from the black rubber of the capo.

    It doesn't help to do anything that makes you look .... (you know).
     
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    did anyone mention "tone"...I bought a new acoustic awhile back and went on and got the G7 Heritage capo...love the tone, use it quite often anywhere from the 2nd to 6th fret and not for so-called "cowboy chords"
     
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    This discussion has inspired me to grab my capo and revisit all the many songs that are outside my limited range as a singer, and figure out what key I need to sing them. Instantly, my repertoire as a solo performer has expanded by triple. Not that many people would want to listen, but just sayin.
     
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    I play so called "cowboy chords" 'cause... well, I play cowboy music....:p
     
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    I should have said "not for JUST so called cowboy chords...because I do love a A-B-C-D-E-F-G
     
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    Yes. Sometimes I use two.
     
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    I'm trying to find a good alternate place to clip the capo. I already have a headstock tuner which looks dicky, and not only does that not leave enough room for the capo, if there were enough room, it would look twice as... well, you know.
     
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    Ronnie Wood puts a Keyser on his headstock and uses the top handle to slip his slide onto when he's not using the slide. How does that look?:eek:
     
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    All the time. Primarily for getting chord voicings that work best with a particular song.
    Ex: Sometimes I play the key of D open, but sometimes I want a different voicing, so I capo on 2 and play in a C formation.

    As primarily a rhythm guitarist, some keys are just no fun to play in, such as F or Bb, so I'll always capo for those.

    This is for both acoustic and electric.
     
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