#1
I'm thinking of getting a capo, although I was just thinking about how in a way, they're cheating a bit. You know what I mean? So I was wondering if I should get one or not, and which famous people use capos in there songs.
#2
I dont know any famous songs as such, but a capo can be used to change the key of a song.
For example, i play Fields Of Gold - Eva Cassidy with my girlfriend, but the normal key is too low for her range, so i have to capo the 6th fret, and i can play the song perfectly, but in a higher key.
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#3
They're not cheating at all - saves a lot of hassle retuning, and also can give the guitar a nice jangly sound. As for people who use capos, see "Most people who're good at guitar" - Examples off the top of my head include The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Doyle Dykes, Nirvana (maybe?), All Time Low... I can't think of more, but there are lots and lots and lots.

You should get one - a wonderful addition to any guitar playing arsenal. I personally prefer trigger capos to any other type, but that's just me.
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#4
Loads of great bands/artists use capos..and they're in now way cheating.

Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkle..there's tonnes of great stuff using a capo..but most of it escapes me at the minute. You should get one though, they're very handy things to have.
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#5
i fail to understand how a capo is "cheating" there's no right or wrong way to play guitar, it's music. As for examples, Warren Haynes uses a capo all the time, and he's the effing man.
#6
"Wonderwall" by Oasis uses one, and I'm pretty sure "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles does as well.
#7
I know a couple, like... Wonderwall by Oasis and Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles. I dunno if they're your style of music but they are some famous and good songs that have capos. And having a capo is always good to have such as changing keys (as said above) without re-tuning your guitar to something stupid that'll probably break your strings.

EDIT: Did not see above posts when posting... haha.
#8
capos are awesome, i'd recommend anyone to get one, because even a simple change of key can inspire you to write a new song. its not cheating in any way, because open chord shapes, with a capo, create different ways of voicing chords, rather than using barre chords to play in a certain key.
as for songs, there are plenty out there, but a popular way to use them, as said before, is to raise a songs key to suit your, or someone elses voice.
#9
Quote by Horizontal
I'm thinking of getting a capo, although I was just thinking about how in a way, they're cheating a bit. You know what I mean? So I was wondering if I should get one or not, and which famous people use capos in there songs.


I dont understand how its cheating. I use a capo ALL the time for my Praise Band. THe songs we play require a capo. The capo can also be used to change the key. Two days ago we were missing a lead male vocalist so we used to capo
(to raise the sound) to save our lives. Haha
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#10
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They're not cheating at all - saves a lot of hassle retuning, and also can give the guitar a nice jangly sound. As for people who use capos, see "Most people who're good at guitar" - Examples off the top of my head include The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Doyle Dykes, Nirvana (maybe?), All Time Low... I can't think of more, but there are lots and lots and lots.


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Yeah, I know, I learned it for an ex. I know I was contradicting myself lol. I sort of like them though...
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"Wonderwall" by Oasis uses one, and I'm pretty sure "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles does as well.


This. (Wonderwall has capo on 2nd fret; Here Comes The Sun has capo on the 7th fret)

Also, tons of Beatles songs (like Norwegian Wood, 2nd fret capo), a lot of stuff by City and Colour, lots of Dylan, Slide by Goo Goo Dolls (on 1st fret I believe), etc. It's definitely not cheating. It lets you do things that would be ridiculously difficult without one. Try playing Here Comes The Sun in that position without a capo...

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#14
Forget that, try playing this without a capo (or 5)
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#15
You can play a lot of songs that use a capo with bar chords instead, but using a capo and open chords just gives it a different sound. If you were writing a song it would really depend on what kind of sound you are looking for.
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#16
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Forget that, try playing this without a capo (or 5)



That's a bit of overkill haha. Very impressive, but I think the capo on the 2nd fret was absolutely pointless. It wasn't fretting any notes, and it was just one more for him to remove at the end.

EDIT: After watching it a second time, I realized he did use it for his outtro. Still, he could have played it without the 2nd fret capo.
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#17
If you think using a capo is cheating, you best remove the nut from your guitar.
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If you think using a capo is cheating, you best remove the nut from your guitar.

Not to mention the frets. Then intonation is all up to you.
#19
Personally, I don't think they're cheating. My dad just thinks they are, and he wanted a second opinion.
#20
I Will Follow You Into The Dark (Death Cab FOr Cutie): Capo 5
Landslide (Fleetwood Mac): Capo 3
Sound Of Silence (Simon And Garfunkel); Capo 6?
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Its not cheating dude, it simply makes life easier
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#21
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Personally, I don't think they're cheating. My dad just thinks they are, and he wanted a second opinion.


I think your dad’s a twit. Tell him to try tuning a guitar up five or six steps and see what happens. Or try keeping tuning stable on a guitar when you’re changing the tuning three or four times in an hour.