#1
Hi, I'm a new guitar player, and I would love to play "If It Means A Lot To You" by A Day to Remember, but it requires a capo (on 3).

I was wondering if you make a homemade capo, and an effective one. What works best in your experience.

I only have a basic understanding of a capo, its something that raises the pitch of open strings, right?

How much do capos cost, and what are good brands (if any).

I have an acoustic guitar (by a brand I've never heard of, I think its called Silvertone). I know its probably not a great guitar, but its the only one my dad would let me buy (because of its price at 100 bucks). I would've liked to spend more, but I just couldn't. Sorry for the off-topic

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#2
A decent one won't run you more than $15 or $20 US. Just go out and buy one. Making a homemade one isn't worth the hassle.
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Drumstick and some cord...
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I strap a shoelace (a broad one like in vans or etnies) REALLY firm around the neck at the right fret works perfect to me
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#5
Pencil

Rubberband

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Pencil

Rubberband

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I use to use a shoelace instead of an elastic band. But it's a pain in the arse to try and get the pencil tight enough to the neck.
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#9
Yeah? my bass player did it all the time and never had trouble, maybe he just got lucky with the right rubberband. Hair ties work pretty well too, TS.
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#11
I'm sorry for another question about capos but, if I make a capo with a pencil, am I supposed to put my hand over it?

Also, the first chord is a G Major, capo on 3. Would I just use my index finger to fret a 2 on the A string? And wouldn't the capo just fret 3rd because thats where the capo is at? Sorry for being so dramatic on questions
#12
Quote by ThisIsBS
I'm sorry for another question about capos but, if I make a capo with a pencil, am I supposed to put my hand over it?

Also, the first chord is a G Major, capo on 3. Would I just use my index finger to fret a 2 on the A string? And wouldn't the capo just fret 3rd because thats where the capo is at? Sorry for being so dramatic on questions

Because you capo on the 3rd fret you play all the chords 3 frets higher. Technically you're not playing a G chord but a chord with the same shape at a higher pitch like:
e-6
b-3 <-
G-3 <-- 3s are fretted with the capo, the 5 and the 6s are fretted with your fingers
D-3 <-
A-5
E-6
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#13
Wtf just buy one.
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#14
This capo is awesome:
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Shubb-Original-C-Series-Steel-String-Guitar-Capo-361503-i1130188.gc

Most people go with a simple clamp style like this:
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Kyser-KGEB-Quick-Change-Electric-6-String-Capo-361601-i1130239.gc

For a hysterically retro 60's vibe, there is this:
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Dunlop-Elastic-Heavy-Single-Capo-100300758-i1165597.gc
(which I would not recommend)

Capos allow you to pitch your open string chords up higher. Female singer/songwriters often like to use them.
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