Do You Use a Capo?

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

  1. Octorfunk

    Octorfunk Tele-Meister

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    True. A trick (if you can call it that) that I learned was the apply the capo, then gently/moderately tug on each string about halfway between the capo and the bridge. Capos tend to grab and pull the strings a little sharp, so by tugging on them after putting the capo on, it releases most of the string that is being pulled on by the rubber of the capo. As long as the guitar is well-intonated, this usually pulls everything back in tune without having to actually tune the strings.
     
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  2. Daddydex

    Daddydex Friend of Leo's

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    I was just gifted a Glider Capo. I think it is a real game changer for me. Rolls behind the nut for storage. Guitar stays in tune when in use. Can EASILY switch position during song even though I probably won't do that. No dead spots. All notes ring true.

    I am curious to see how it will hold up. Great capo.

    Dan
     
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  3. Henry Mars

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    Years ago when I studied classical guitar a capo was a tool that you needed. Some pieces are unplayable without them and were written around the use of one. There are some cases where you need one if you are playing open turnings or are using "open voice" chords. a good deal of the time it is just a substitute for guitar lessons. .... The first time I played in a church band I showed up and asked for keys .... Capo 3 isn't a key, it is a crutch.
     
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  4. muudcat

    muudcat Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    I use a half capo on some songs and on one of my own, a full capo on the first fret and half capo on the third with a drop D. Capo is just another guitarists tools
     
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  5. AJBaker

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    Some songs need it, like 'Here comes the Sun'. It isn't always just about the key: for some songs, a certain voicing is a necessity.

    Other times, it's a useful tool for when I'd rather pay in A than Bb (partly laziness, partly preferring the sound of open chords...)

    The only use I really dislike is when it's used as an excuse for a guitarist to only be able to play in the keys of G or C.
     
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    I never used a Capo on my electrics, just barre chords if necessary. But due to age and arthritis I now use them on my acoustics, but I don't shout about it.. S
     
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