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Capos Away!

Posted by BrentSims on Wednesday, February 25, 2015


So I’ve had a capo siting on a shelf for a couple of months. It sat there because I didn’t see any reason to use it.

I’ve got a Prust Tackhead tuned in something that might remotely appear (friction tuners) to be low D and a Goodtime Americana tuned open G and that resulted in my quickly learning that the same song could be played with the same fretting in mutiple tunings and sound good enough, as we used to say on the 610, for government work...

Then a simple question resulted in a world class education on capos in the “Playing Advice” forum on BH. In that discussion banjoholic and others pointed out that capoing up shortens the distance between frets.

All this occurred, of course, just as I was getting serious about getting my fretting fingers properly trained and struggling a whole lot with trying to make my fat short fingers make an F and D chord, let alone make an F and D chord quickly and smoothly.

So I grabbed the bag capos off the shelf and capoed my Goodtime Americana up to A.

Wham. Bam. While I still have a long way to go, the F and D chords suddenly got a whole lot easier to fret. I figure it will be a whole lot easier to deal the F and D chords in Open G after a few weeks of getting a handle on them in A tuning.

A big ‘Thank You’ to all of you who contributed to the " Why do people often specify capoing out of a different key?“ thread.


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