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

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 ...
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How could it be that the capo isn't changing the pitch?

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 ...
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Songs with capo on only some chords

That's not a capo, that's one of your fingers! Those are called barre chords, and you use one finger to press multiple strings.
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Key of a song with capo on the 4th fret

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 ...
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How to simplify difficult barred chords in a song

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 ...
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how to play capo and non-capo chords in the same song?

They don't require a capo, they're just bar chords. IOW, you basically just use you index finger as a temporary “capo”. If you haven't learned full bar chords yet (they require quite some strength, ...
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How should I indicate variable capo position in a score?

The key that a piece of music is performed in is often determined by the singer — their part being the most important, and the best part of their range often the least flexible. The rest of the ...
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Differences between capos

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 ...
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How could it be that the capo isn't changing the pitch?

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 ...
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Can any song on guitar be played with standard tuning and without a capo?

It depends what you mean. If you mean play a recognisable version of the song, it's almost certainly possible without a capo or a particular tuning. If you mean getting it sounding the same without a ...
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Why might one *not* want to use a capo?

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 ...
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Is it "safe" to use a capo on every string but the E?

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 ...
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Key of a song with capo on the 4th fret

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 ...
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Can any song on guitar be played with standard tuning and without a capo?

Your question is really two separate questions so I will answer them individually. Question 1) Is it possible to play any song on guitar without using a capo? The answer is yes (assuming both ...
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Understanding How the Guitar Capo Changes Chords

Seems like someone had mixed up the order, that's all. Em up 2 frets is F♯m. That's fine. But the other two got mixed. C goes to D , and G goes to A. Simple!!
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Does leaving a capo on "hurt" the strings?

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 ...
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Transposing ineffective; song has all 12 chords...?

After doing some research, it seems I was wrong. There are popular songs that contain all 12 major chords. Probably the most popular one of them is: Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen Contains the following ...
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Why might one *not* want to use a capo?

When I first started playing out, I had to switch between guitars almost every song, and we tried to keep the show moving, so I didn't have time to retune and didn't have money to buy multiple capos. ...
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What happens if I use a classical guitar capo on an acoustic or electric guitar, or an acoustic and electric guitar capo on a classical guitar?

Using a curved capo on a flat fretboard or a flat capo on a curved fretboard may not damage the instrument, but it definitely will not work correctly as previous answers have detailed. For others ...
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How to simplify difficult barred chords in a song

Assuming the trouble for you is playing all barre chord, you can try playing the chord on 3 strings... F# xx432x C# xx312x d#m xx434x B xx444x You can't strum them in the way of open chords, ...
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I have learnt a song in the key of D what capo threat should I use to change it into the key of C?

Short answer is 10th fret. Capo on the 10th fret makes everything rather tight and you may find that uncomfortable. Some other options are detailed below. If you insist on using the same chord ...
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Songs with capo on only some chords

As Von Huffman says, that bar across is a finger - usually an index finger. One clue that it's not a capo would be in the B chord window - not many capos can go over only 5 strings! And stopping to ...
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How should I indicate variable capo position in a score?

Use of capo varies between putting it on a certain fret because the player knows exactly why it has to go there - and which chord shapes will have to be used consequently, and 'I put it there because ...
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Way to lower key of song without changing sound of chord progression (like the opposite of a capo)?

One option is to use a digital polyphonic pitch shifter. In fact one such pedal is explicitly advertised as a “downwards capo”. Whether this works for you better than tuning down I can't say – ...
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Differences between capos

Most of them will probably work, but there sure are some differences. Fingerboard shape: there's a rough distinction in flat fingerboards (most nylonstring guitars) and curved (steelstring). Using a ...
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Playing in E♭ tuning with capo on the first fret

Congratulations on your decision to learn to play such a versatile instrument as guitar. You will find that playing guitar will provide countless hours, days, months, years of pleasure and ...
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What happens if I use a classical guitar capo on an acoustic or electric guitar, or an acoustic and electric guitar capo on a classical guitar?

I suppose you might scratch the back of the neck if using a clamp-on that is too small (i.e. meant for thin neck, used on thick neck). But that might happen anyway if you are not careful. As you say,...
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How to simplify difficult barred chords in a song

If you put a capo on fret 4 you can play three of the four chords using open chord shapes. F# at the 4th fret can be played with a 'D' shape: %x.x.4.6/1.7/3.6/2[Fmaj] C# at the 4th fret can be ...
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