A guitar capo is a perfect tool to work with when you don’t want to have to change the chords for a song. In fact, for a lot of women, when we sing guy songs a capo makes it possible for us to key it to suit ourselves.
I use it extensively with my band, as there are plenty of songs that I want to sing but they are in the key to suit my male lead guitarist. He is willing to work out the chords to a new key but this is much easier.
I can also use a capo when I am jamming with friends. If they want to play a song that is in a difficult key for me to sing. I just pop on my capo and it changes the key up one or two tones.
Why Are There Different Guitar Capos?
There are a lot of different capos and ask any guitarist and they will have their favorite.
It comes down to how easy you find different ones work for you. I originally started with this simple capo. It’s light, cheap, and easy but it can be a bit tricky getting it on. Because of its size it’s also easy to lose.
I then moved onto the one pictured above, although you need a little hand strength, it is very quick to put on and easy to find when you are playing. Accordingly, it is easy to put down and find when you are jamming.
If you are already a guitar player, you may have seen someone using a capo and didn’t really understand what it was. It is basically a movable bar. When you do barre chords you are creating a barre that goes across all of the strings at the same time.
When you put a guitar capo on, you can play simple chords (C, D, G) in a different key. If you have your capo on the second fret of your guitar these chords then become one full tone higher, which takes the key up a tone. Every fret is a half-tone higher.
Why Use A Capo?
Why not work out the new chords to a song in each key?
Unless you can do this on the run and in your head whilst playing, it will be a challenge.
It takes theory training to be able to transpose songs and putting a capo on is so much quicker. Learning theory takes some time and you want your playing guitar to be fun. One of the courses I have used is Learn and Master Guitar by Steve Krenz. These are fun and easy lessons that you can learn at home.
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Where do I get a Capo?
You can buy a capo at any local music shop near you. They can be a little pricey but it is convenient and quick and you are supporting your local music store but if you want a cheaper option.
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I hope you have enjoyed this review and if you have any questions about capos and how to use them, please leave a comment below.