Capo Time!

Great recap of the capos magic!

John Robson Guitar & Music Blog

The humble capo is a much maligned device. Often regarded as little more than a way of “cheating” by avoiding barre chords it is a valuable tool, especially for the home recording guitarist. I use my faithful SHUBB capo all the time to give depth and “fullness” to a rhythm guitar part. Here’s how:

Let’s say I have this chord sequence to lay down as a rhythm guitar part:

E

B

C#m

A

E

A

F#m

B

I could just play those chords without the capo, in fact I probably would. It would sound like this (click HERE to hear it).

Nothing wrong with that. But let’s see if we can make it a little better. Here’s what you do: Count BACKWARDS one fret at a time from each chord like this:

Fret No.

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

E

D#

D

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