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The capo allows you to play a song in a particular key using chord shapes and formations from a different key. For example if you like to use the open (first position) chords in the key of G major such as G, C, D, Em and Am but want to sing a song in the key of A, you can put a capo on the second fret and play the chords as if you were playing in the key of ...


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Yes. You can use a spider capo for this kind of things. Generally, it is used for alternate tunings. Like if you only want to capo 2 or 3 strings, but you can capo all 6 of them and then remove all of them. Here is a video review: spidercapo.com


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If you are currently playing it in the key of C and want to use the same finger shapes for D just pop the capo on your 2nd fret. This shifts everything up 2 semitones, ie. from C to D. But as Wheat mentioned in his comment, if you learn different finger shapes, you can play in any key without using a capo. Most users of capos use them either for ease (if ...


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The number one problem of capos is they usually throw off the tuning a bit and it’s a pain to fix the tuning with the capo in place. They also change the action - sometimes in good ways, sometimes in bad. The main reason a lot of guitarists rarely or never use capos is probably because capos are not widely useful. They only help in fairly specific ...


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Album - definitely in key C - guitar using open chord. Live recording - using capo on fret 5, and playing C chord with an open G shape. Tutorial - uses open C, rooting on 5th string. All standard tuning - A=440Hz. In fact, the pitch is changing - for some of the chords' notes. Some will remain the same notes, in the same octave, but will be played on ...


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There is nothing wrong with using a capo, if it makes the sound you want. Having said that, the barred shapes you are using are pretty simple ones, and it will be worthwhile learning to play them without a capo. In your example you are raising the pitch of the whole song by 5 semitones. So: The Am becomes a Dm The E becomes an A The A7 becomes a D7 The ...


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It entirely depends what you want to play. A capo is for transposing a piece up by some number of semitones, without changing the fingering. So let's look at ways to transpose those pieces without a capo -- it will often involve changing the fingering: If the piece does not contain any open strings, you don't need a capo. Just play the piece with your left ...


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It doesn't quite work like that. The guitar doesn't exactly have a single key that its "in". Instead it has chords that are easier and more difficult to play. Some relatively easy ones (sticking with just major chords) include C, G, D, A, and E, which allows you to play in quite a few different keys. If you were playing in the key of D, you'd likely see a ...


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No, you are playing in C# min. The point of the capo is to allow you to use open string chord forms in any key rather than bar chords.


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When you play an Am fingering with a capo on the 4th fret, the sounding chord is C#m and sound is what counts. When other people listen to your guitar and sing or play along with it, they don't need to know how you used a capo. would this technically change the Key to A minor? No. If there's another guitarist, you can explain as a technical detail that ...


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If you're happy playing open chords as opposed to the barres involved here, take the song up by a semitone - most likely not going to strain any tonsils - and substitute as follows. G for F♯, D for C♯, Em for D♯m and C for B. Pretty simple and straightforward. The only drawback really being you won't be able to strum along with the track - ...


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To elaborate further what Wheat and Dr. Mayhem mean about playing without the capotasto [yes, I had to look it up]. You can transpose the chords in your head, from C to D, by shifting each chord up a whole step. So when you read C, play D. When you read D, play E. When you read Am, play Bm. Etc. Playing with all barre-chords can be a useful intermediate ...


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This depends upon what you mean by "music is in the key of…" and "I want to play it in the key of…". If you mean that you want to play chords written in the key of C and have them sound in the key of Eb, put the capo on fret 3. Eb is three semitones higher than C (C-C#-D-Eb). (This seems likely.) If you want to play chords written in the key of Eb and have ...


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That's a great question! There are in fact many different types of capo and they all have advantages and disadvantages. I own at least 6 different kinds. I will highlight the main differences and advantages of each. As Leftaroundabout explained, no matter which style/type capo you get, you want it to match your fretboard for width and curvature. ...


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The other answers address the issue of choosing a capo position to fit the chords you want to play. When trying to match a recording, you also use clues from the sound of the recording. To determine the tuning, pay attention to any drones in the song. With an alternate tuning, the goal of the original choice of tuning is often to select these drones. ...


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The pitch of the strings change when you put a capo. What you missed is that on the guitar you have different ways and positions for executing the same chord. So, while the guy with no capo does a C chord in the basic position that everybody learns at first, Koza does the same C chord in a different position in fact his hand has a different shape, the one ...


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Clamp capo (above called a normal capo) is a spring capo that clamps over the strings. Kysers are my preferred clamp capo these days. Shubb capo uses a screw and a locking lever to attach the capo to the guitar neck. Band capo is a capo secured by an elastic or fabric band that clamps over the strings. You can slide an elastic band capo up and down the neck ...


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I think @Tim already answer your first question. Yes, it's a spider capo, which can grab only selected strings, so you can do some cool stuff. There are: Normal capo, obviously which holds all of the strings. Slider capo or roller capo, it can slide easily from one fret to another fret without releasing the capo from holding the neck. Spider capo, I ...


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Although your question is a little ambiguous, I'm guessing that you want to play music written in Eb, using chords in C, but keeping the music sounding in Eb. So, you put the capo on fret 3 and rewrite all your chords three semitones lower. However, just giving you this answer won't help you understand how to work out where to put a capo should you need to ...


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First of all, putting a capo on does not change the temperament of your guitar. Your guitar temperament is equal temperament so and that's not changing so forget about the temperament aspect of this.. The only thing it does is change what strings are "Open". So without a capo, your open strings are the typical E-A-D-G-B-E. For every fret you move it, all ...


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In principle, this is fine. You can even get purpose-made partial capos to do this job, such as those here. The only issue you're likely to have is if the capo isn't sitting evenly on the back of the neck, causing it to slip or to exert particularly uneven pressure on the 5 strings it is stopping. If this isn't happening, then you're fine. If it is, you ...


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To play in the key of D with the 'C shape,' you'd want to capo your guitar on the second fret. Each fret represents a half step and there are two half steps from C to D (so if you capoed on the first fret you'd be playing in C# with the 'C shape'). The reason I use the term 'C shape' is because I learned very early in my playing about the CAGED method which ...


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You simply need to play the chord shapes as indicated in the tab. They will sound higher with the capo. So, e.g., with the capo on the 2nd fret the C shape you play will sound like a D chord, and this is exactly the purpose of the capo. The Em chord will sound like F#m, which would normally (i.e. without capo) be played as a barre chord. Note that often it's ...


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The chords shown for guitar1 become relative to the capo. So you´d place the capo behind fret 2 and play for example the E7 as shown, first finger, first fret on the third G string, just behind the capo. So in fact your capo becomes fret 0, the start of your fret board. By placing the capo on the second fret, the tuning of youre guitar is raised by a whole ...


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Well, I'm one of those, and the reason is just not being used to it (and laziness). For a long time, I haven't had a capo at all. Then I got one, but it's quite clumsy to use and it tends to disassemble itself, so it would probably take 30 sec to put it on the guitar and tighten it up. (My grandfather handmade that capo years ago, in the time when our ...


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All those chords are diatonic to key Am - when there's no capo. Wherever the capo goes means you count up that many semitones. So if it was on the second fret, all the chords would be one whole tone higher. In this scenario, they'd be Bm D A Em G F♯, respectively. However, you've gone up another tone, making two tones higher than original no capo ...


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I believe many other guitarists will agree that it becomes progressively easier to find notes and the absolute position of your hand on the instrument. For a beginner these markings are vital to develop this sense of location and you should exploit their potential. I don't think having them is a bad idea at all, you'll soon be bored of searching for them ...


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I personally would expect the most damage might actually be to the capo, because I would expect that prolonged contact with the strings might cause permanent grooves in the rubber or soft plastic pad of the capo, similar to what might happen if you were to hold a chord shape with your fingers for the same amount of time. I don't know about others, but my ...


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Even though this is a guitar question, the easiest way to think about this is to visualise a piano keyboard. Going up one fret on your guitar, is equivalent to going up one key on the piano - including the black keys. So when you finger the first fret of the E string, you are playing an F. When you finger the second fret of the E string, you are playing an ...


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There are a variety of situations when a using a capo is beneficial Musical To allow the use of open chords, and thus ringing open strings, in keys where they wouldn't normally be available, this could be motivated by a singer's preferred key. This also affects the timbre of the open strings, which can be a desirable musical effect. As a way to get to ...


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