Use Guitar Capo

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A capo is a tool carried by many guitarists and is used to instantly change the key of the guitar. It is an indispensable tool in any guitarist's toolkit, which is why learning how to use a guitar capo is important. Because it is so compact and simple, many guitarists carry it wherever they go. Using a capo can be very helpful when trying to match a song's key to a vocalist's singing range, or trying to make key changes between or during songs without sacrificing open drone strings.
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    Choose a capo. There are several different styles of capos available, but all perform the same basic function: pressing down the strings at a certain point on the neck to raise the pitch of all the strings. This is accomplished either through a spring-loaded clamping motion (like a clothespin) or a ratcheting motion. The clamp-style capos are more common, and tend to be the most durable and effective.
    • When choosing a capo, make sure the product has no sharp or protruding edges that might damage your guitar's neck.
    • Make sure any capo that you purchase has a firm, yet pliable material (such as rubber) covering any part that will be exerting pressure on your guitar's neck and strings. Hard materials can cause damage to your guitar.
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      Tune your guitar. Before applying the capo to the guitar's neck, it's a good idea to get your guitar precisely in tune. Some guitar necks will not intonate perfectly at every fret, and some capos will exert excess pressure on the strings and cause them to go slightly sharp. Starting with a perfectly tuned guitar will minimize the effects of these idiosyncrasies.
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      Apply the capo to your guitar at the desired fret. Always apply the capo directly behind the fret, instead of halfway between 2 frets. The capo should be as close to the fret as possible without touching it; this ensures that the tuning problems created by the capo will be minimal.
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      Play your guitar in its newly transposed key. Applying the capo to the guitar will instantly change the key of the guitar in its open position. For example, if you play an open-position C major chord with the capo applied at the first fret, the chord will sound as a C-sharp major. If the capo is at the second fret, the chord will sound as a D major. These quick transpositions allow you to quickly adjust the key of a song (for example, to make the song work well with a vocalist's range) without learning new chord shapes.
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      Experiment with the possibilities a capo allows. In addition to accommodating a vocalist's range, a capo opens other possibilities. If you are playing guitar in an ensemble, you can use a capo to make key signatures more guitar friendly. For example, B-flat major is a popular key for wind ensembles, but includes very few open-position chords for the guitar. Remedy this problem by placing a capo on the first fret.

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