A capo can be placed on up to ten frets on your guitar. Even though you play the same chord fingerings, they sound different on each fret the capo is on.
Why Do I Need A Capo?
You need to pitch your guitar to the voice in order to retain vocal quality. If the singer comes back to a musical instrument they lose their quality – and then their audience.
The words of our favourite songs mean much to us. And all good guitarists play in the key that best suits the voice. This Is Mostly Done With A Capo. Especially on acoustic guitar.
How To Use A Capo
If a song suits your voice that’s great. If it doesn’t try putting a capo on the 1st fret. It has now replaced the nut on your guitar which means that what was the 2nd fret has now become the new 1st fret.
All you have to do is play the same chord sequence again and the song is in a higher key. If this position suits your voice that’s great. If not you can move it up or down as many frets as you like until it suits.
3 Types Of Capo
There are 3 main types of capo. Curved, Straight, and 12 string guitar capos. Before buying a capo check to see if the fretboard of your guitar is Sraight Or Curved. Then you will know which one you need. You should always place the capo within 1/4 inch of the steel fret.
The Best Capo For A Beginner
Definitely the Guitar X1. It’s the best value for money I’ve seen. It’s very easy to attach, keeps the strings in tune up at least 8 frets. And works for both electric and acoustic guitars. Do Not Buy a cheap capo. It will be either too loose or too tight on the guitar neck. Too loose means a muffed sound. Too tight means strings that are slightly out of tune.
The Guitar X1
I use a Shubb capo (pictured right). It’s expensive and more difficult to put on. But it keeps my guitar Perfectly In Tune no matter where I place it on the fretboard. That’s because of the screw adjustment at the back. As the guitar neck widens I adjust the capo so it applies the exact same amount of pressure as my fingertips.
Pauric Mather Signature Tip
If you find it difficult to get certain chords to sound good on your guitar, place a capo on the 3rd fret. Try these chords again. Now They’re Easier. And they sound better too. After a few days practice take off the capo. You should find them easier to play.
Difficult guitar rhythms are also easier to practice if you place a guitar on the 3rd fret. After a few days, they should also be easier without a capo.