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Old 03-22-2012, 09:14 PM   #1
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How a Capo really works?

Hey guys, just got into using a capo, been using bar chords before hand .


What i dont understand is how i can take the G shape and use it with a capo and have it still work.

I dont understand cause i never using the regular g major fingering to make a note sound like that.

How does this all work.
For example if i have capo on 4th fret
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:17 PM   #2
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:19 PM   #3
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Its like a barre chord, it essentially moves the nut up, in your case, four frets, so instead of EADGBe you have G#DF#BD#G# the G chord shape is just a shape, so your not playing a G any more your playing a B chord
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:23 PM   #4
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I'm guessing you're a noob?
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:24 PM   #5
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Its like a barre chord, it essentially moves the nut up, in your case, four frets, so instead of EADGBe you have G#DF#BD#G# the G chord shape is just a shape, so your not playing a G any more your playing a B chord

This basically says it all.

Wherever you put the capo, think of that as the zero (0) fret, or your open note. In your case, with the capo on the 4th fret, the open E note becomes a G# or Ab.
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:54 PM   #6
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Yeah the capo becomes your nut. SargentCrunch and HumanitysDeath have it right.

I was opposed to using a capo at first because I was like "well I'll just use bar chords."
But the bar chords have a different sound from the nice open chords. The capo allows you to play comfortably outside the keys of C, E, G and D.
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:29 PM   #7
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Its like a barre chord, it essentially moves the nut up, in your case, four frets, so instead of EADGBe you have G#DF#BD#G# the G chord shape is just a shape, so your not playing a G any more your playing a B chord

^This except there is one little problem it should be G#C#F#BD#G# not G#DF#BD#G#
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Old 03-23-2012, 03:27 AM   #8
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Old 03-23-2012, 12:41 PM   #9
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I'm guessing you're a noob?
Poor guy. What did you NOT understand with "just got a capo"?
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Old 03-23-2012, 01:03 PM   #10
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Its like a barre chord, it essentially moves the nut up, in your case, four frets, so instead of EADGBe you have G#DF#BD#G# the G chord shape is just a shape, so your not playing a G any more your playing a B chord

It's not really "like a barre chord" - whether or not you're using a capo has nothing to do with whether or not you'll be using barre chords.

Like you've said, what a capo does is effectively move your nut, therefore tranpsposing your instrument up by however many semitones. It doesn't change anything else though, it certainly doesn't change the fact fact that if you're trying to play a song that has barre chords in more than one position then you're still going to have to play them.

The whole point of barre chords is that they allow you to use the same chord shape anywhere on the fretboard, you can't re-position your capo everytime you want to play a different chord.
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:10 PM   #11
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The capo just functions as if you're moving the nut up to whatever fret you put the capo on. You play exactly the same re: fingering etc., but the pitch will be higher.
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Old 03-23-2012, 11:36 PM   #12
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Hey guys,

Yes i know it acts as a nut.


But like if i moved the capo to the 5th fret , and played the new open G chord what would it be? and how would i know if i moved the capo anywhere else
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Old 03-24-2012, 12:50 AM   #13
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Hey guys,

Yes i know it acts as a nut.


But like if i moved the capo to the 5th fret , and played the new open G chord what would it be? and how would i know if i moved the capo anywhere else
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Old 03-24-2012, 01:59 AM   #14
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itll then be like G major ( presumably major ) up five semitones.
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It would be playing in C if you had the capo on 5th fret, and picking in G...
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