In this episode I discuss in detail when you may want to use a capo:
- To change keys easily;
- To replace barre chords;
- To get access to chord shapes for a specific style.
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The 3 Reasons To Use The Capo was featured in Acoustic Tuesday Episode #61 along with many more guitar geek discoveries. Click here to watch the full episode.
I liked this video.And I want to know ,how to create lead(solo) in a song?
A 4th reason to use a capo. I write songs. There are places I want to use a five fret spread in a chord and let my pinkie pick up a high note. One sound I like is an F chord with the high A on the fifth fret. Problem is that I have small hands and I almost can’t make that stretch in an open position. However, if I capo 2, the frets are closer together and I can make the shape with no problem. I often keep a guitar tuned down two half steps (because I do a lot of church music in the key of F and I’d rather use G shaped open chords). I can slap a capo on the second fret of that guitar, be in standard tuning, and in effect have a guitar with a shorter scale length for my small hands. BTW, thanks for your tutorials. You provide a lot of ideas.
Hey there Tony
I use capos quite a lot and for different reasons including those you mentioned in this well explained (as usual) video.
Just want to throw in my two cents. One of the main reasons I use a capo is to add texture to songs when playing along with another guitar. For example, if someone is playing a song in G, I might put the capo on the 5th fret and play along in D (G actually).
The 2 different voicings typically blend into a much fu more interesting and bigger sound.
I’m sure this is nothing new to you but thought you might want to pass this tip along for others to use and enjoy.