#1
okay my guitarist is using a capo on her guitar.

i have no capo so what should i do?

she puts it on the 5th fret.

does that mean i play 5 frets down from what i would play if she did not.
#2
No. You dont need a capo. Just makes the 'open' strings 5 frets up. So you play normal. It doesnt. It doesnt change the pitch of the guitar, just the pitch of the open strings to what the pitch is where the capo is, in this case at the 5th fret.


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#3
Now see. If you knew the notes of the fretboard. You wouldn't worry about it. So learn the notes of the fretboard.

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#4
ok. so let me get this straight.

heres what she has on for the verse:

[capo 5]

verse 1;
G, Em, A, D


so i play G,Em,A,D

just normal?
#5
a Gmaj chord on guitar right

which would make that on the 7th fret if the capo is on the 5th

so you would play the 7th fret on the E string...b

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#6
Quote by Narcotics
a Gmaj chord on guitar right

which would make that on the 7th fret if the capo is on the 5th

so you would play the 7th fret on the E string...b



ok im trying to get this all in my head cause i never played bass with a capo guitar player.
#7
Quote by Narcotics
a Gmaj chord on guitar right

which would make that on the 7th fret if the capo is on the 5th

so you would play the 7th fret on the E string...b


No, it would be on the 8th fret.

The song, as it would appear, is in C, which, given the chords you gave, would translate to:

G= E-8 or A-C
Em= E-5 or A-Open
A= A-5 or D-Open
D= E-3

So you're playing C, A, D and G.

If all else fails, you could pretend your A-string is your E-string in play in G that way.... or something.
#8
All you need to do is think, right, 5 is my open notes. Now, I usually play G as 3 on the E string, so I'll play it as C, which is 5 notes higher.

Simple! A little bit of thinking, and it's done!
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#9
just play on a string down
if you played E open now just play A open (and so on)
but it is really simple just 5 frets upper
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#10
Quote by litus
just play on a string down
if you played E open now just play A open (and so on)
but it is really simple just 5 frets upper


You mean a string up?
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#11
shouldn't really affect anything you play, as long as you're in the same tuning, just remember that her open notes are 5 to you, everything else is the same.

but seriously, learn the fretboard.
#12
Quote by Narcotics
a Gmaj chord on guitar right

which would make that on the 7th fret if the capo is on the 5th

so you would play the 7th fret on the E string...b


Okay, what a capo does is essentially move the nut up, so that if she plays a chord, she'll really be playing the equivalent of one further up, so a G with capo 5, will be a C, capo 6 and it would be a C#, or 4 and it would be a B etc.

In your case, whatever she plays, the real note will be the one 5 notes up the fretboard, the easy thing about capo on the 5 fret, is that you can just play notes on the same frets, only on the A string instead of the E string.

Try reading this, it'll help you understand.
http://ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/for_beginners/what_is_a_capo.html
#13
all a capo does is like fretting one entire column of frets (or rows however u wana look at it).

its there so the guitarist doesnt hav to use their index to bridge that fret themselves, and makes some songs easier to play.

keeping this in mind, if ur guitarist is fingering a chord whose root note is G with a capo on the 5th fret, it is still the 8th fret of the E string, and does not change what fret you will play (you would play the 8th fret of teh E string, or 3rd fret of teh A string - its the same note).

im just rewording what everyone said.
#14
ok thanks everyone.

good question where can i find chords for bass?

i know its a noob question but im asking very nicely.