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Thinking in terms of chord positions rather than names, if the song contained Bb Eb F and Gm minor chords, we consider these as 1, 4, 5 and 6 position chords. We can now decide which key we want to play in. If we want to play in the key of G, for instance, this is three semi-tones lower, therefore we place the capo behind the third fret. If we want to play in the key of E, this is 6 semi-tones lower and we therefore place the capo behind the sixth fret. We now play 1, 4, 5 and 6 position chords in the key that we have transposed to. Similarly, any scales should be also be played in the key that we have transposed to. It is important to remember that when we say we are transposing to a new key, although we are thinking and playing in terms of more familiar chords and keys, we are still really playing those original chords in the original key. I hope you have found the lesson useful and are keen to start experimenting with a capo.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Bb Cm Dm Eb F Gm Adim Bb