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Old 02-12-2013, 01:10 PM   #1
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Capo too high

so lately I've found the best suit for my voice is to tune my guitar down 3 steps and capo at the 9th. My question is, is there any tuning I can do so there is no need to capo that high? Thanks!
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:27 PM   #2
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Standard tuning & capo at the 6th fret?
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:39 PM   #3
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the capo would be on the 12th if i tuned to standard.
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:22 PM   #4
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No it wouldn't, you really need to analyze the situation properly before asking on here

Guitar tuned 3 semitones down-C#
Guitar capo @ the 9th- C# D Eb E F Gb G Ab A Bb

Guitar in standard tuning

E F Gb G Ab A Bb

*6th fret*

Using common sense, if you were able to capo something at the 12th fret, there would be absolutely no need to capo it to begin with, seeing how it's just an octave up and you could therefore sing in the same key
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:51 PM   #5
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Guitar tuned down 2 steps guys.

E, D, C, B.


The hell?

I'm out of here....


Anyway, if you'd apparently need it on the 12th then just play without a capo and you'll still be in key?

Iunno bye/.

Edit: I made so many mistakes in this post, but I don't even care.
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the capo would be on the 12th if i tuned to standard.

I have no idea how you came to that conclusion.

Seems to me you really need to study some basic theory. And some basic maths. Then come back & read megano28's post to understand why standard tuning & a capo at the 6th fret is the correct answer.
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:42 AM   #7
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so lately I've found the best suit for my voice is to tune my guitar down 3 steps and capo at the 9th. My question is, is there any tuning I can do so there is no need to capo that high? Thanks!
Is it the best solution? No, far from it.

You need to figure out how large is the interval you need to move the melody, and what key would it then be in.

Then you change the chord shapes to suit, and figure out on which fret to put the capo.

For example the I, IV, & V chords in the key of C major, open position, are C, F, & G.

Place the capo on the 5th fret, and play in C major using the shapes for the key of G major, G, (C in C), C, (F in C), and D, (G in C).

So, if you want to sing something in C#, (which is really called Db), then just capo the guitar on the 1st fret, and play in C. (C, F, & G). (This is in E standard tuning, EADGBe).

Because what you're doing, just makes the guitar sound like a ukulele. (I try never to capo above 3 0r 4, and even that sounds a bit thin.

I'll give you an example of a song I play, though I'm not sure you'll be familiar with it. (It's country).

Any way, the song is "Independence Day", by Martina McBride.

The song is in A major, but singing the vocal down a whole octave is a bit too low. So, we capo on the 2nd fret, and sing it down a b7th. The key is now B major.

Yes, I know there are times when the chord voicings give a song it characteristic sound. (The Stones, "Get off my Cloud", is mostly a standard E, A, B locked voice at frets 1, 5, & 7). But, many songs can have the chords inverted and not suffer for it.

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