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Which fret do I place a capo on, to play Eb music using C chords?

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If the sound of the music is in the key of Eb and I want to play using chord shapes in the key of C, what fret do I put the capo on?

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For Eb, don't use a capo. Rather, lower the tuning of each string. Re-tune the strings, low to high, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Bb, Eb. Then play the regular chord shapes that you already know.

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E♭ is three semitones above C. So you should put the capo on the third fret.

Some of the other answers are quite thorough, but it is really a simple answer!


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Which fret do I place a capo on, to play Eb music using C chords?

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If the sound of the music is in the key of Eb and I want to play using chord shapes in the key of C, what fret do I put the capo on?


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Simple, completely effective answer:

For Eb, don't use a capo. Rather, lower the tuning of each string. Re-tune the strings, low to high, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Bb, Eb. Then play the regular chord shapes that you already know.

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Question states (we think!) that she wants to play C shapes. Downtuning by one requires using E shapes. If arbitrary (but easy) shapes are OK, then I'd say capo 1st fret and play D shapes. - slim Aug 19 at 10:09

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