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Why might one *not* want to use a capo?

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Apparently some guitarists use a capo in certain circumstances, while some others use one never or rarely.

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I think you question has a skewed assumption in it. I wouldn't say that the lack of use is reluctance. It's training. Classical guitarists are trained to not need it. We use out index finger as a capo when needed.

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I'm of the impression a lot of guitar purists think using a capo is cheating. I use one occasionally ( mainly to avoid first positon Bb chording) so I guess in fact I'm cheating when when I use it. I know some folks like the way open strings ring out in first position and avoid using a capo for that reason.


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Why might one *not* want to use a capo?

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Apparently some guitarists use a capo in certain circumstances, while some others use one never or rarely.

This question is for those who use it reluctantly or never. Why? Why are some people reluctant to use a capo?


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I think you question has a skewed assumption in it. I wouldn't say that the lack of use is reluctance. It's training. Classical guitarists are trained to not need it. We use out index finger as a capo when needed.

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True! I've just started messing (I won't say playing!) with a Spyder capo. Dare say that could facilitate drop D with no trouble. Might even work as such with everything except bottom string capoed on fret 2? Re-tunung on the fly is sometimes a necessity - and those who don't rely on tuners are the best! - Tim Aug 28 at 11:39

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