Welcome back again, we’re going to look at capos and if you haven’t heard of or seen what a capo is this is what a capo looks like. To put a capo on you just squeeze out like that and place it on the guitar but let me explain what it actually is
first. Why would you have one?
If you’re a guitarist and you’re playing and you learn to play bar chords what a bar chord is essentially doing is moving the nut from here further up the guitar so it might be to the first fret second third by barring it you’re you’re basically shortening the length of the guitar and that’s fine except that that can get really hard to play and it also means that you can’t play those nice open chords that you like playing because you might quite enjoy playing those open chords and they’re more comfortable. So to make it easier for you to play in different keys you can use a capo instead and that
basically just shortens the length of the guitar by a certain amount.
So let’s grab our capo if you haven’t got one grab yourself one that’s really useful especially for acoustic guitar but you
place the capo, I’ll move that close so you can see. Place the capo on the fret and slide it up to the front edge of the
fret so it’s just before it the same spot that you would put your fingers if you were playing a chord. So position your capo nice and close to the fret to double check that you’ve got it the capo on correctly just play each string and that will make
sure that there isn’t any buzzes. So if you if you do have the cape back here you can hear those buzzes that happen, so make sure you slide the capo all the way forward, like so.
Now what does it actually mean when you use a capo let’s say you’re playing a G chord and you play a G chord in this position if you put a capo onto the guitar on the second fret there’s G and you play a G chord again imagine that this is the nut of the guitar so it’s back here play a G chord you’re actually now playing an A chord. So the capo allows you to change the key of the music you’re playing without having to change the chords that you’ve learned and the way that you’ve learned the song. This becomes extremely useful and there is a chart which I’ll give you a copy of it’s the capo
position positioning chart so it basically says if you play a G chord and if you play the G chord on the second fret then that basically means that you’re playing an A chord.
If you, another example is if you play a C chord but you have a capo on the second fret then that means you’re playing a D chord and what I mean by that is you’re playing the sound of a D chord. So if you play C and remember that sound and that sounds very similar to a D chord in the sound of that of that actual chord. That’s our D chord.
So a capo is really handy to do that so I’ll give you a copy of the capo positioning chart. You can have a look at that there’ll be a link for it down the bottom grab that and that’s really all you need to understand and know how to use a capo obviously when it comes to you having a song and you need to translate that song from one key to another key you may need to go through the capo chart and go okay so if I’m playing if the music says say for example it says G# is the chord, but you don’t know how to play a G# yet you can actually if you put a G there you can put your capo on the first fret
and play a G and that is actually a G# chord so if the music says G# you can be playing a G chord rather than learn how to play a G# chord and that’s the very basics of how a capo works I hope that’s been useful to you.
If you would like to learn more about guitar or learn how to play guitar I’ve got some lessons for you some free lessons, ones you can try out there’ll be a link down there for you grab a copy or have a go at those lessons and see how you go. I look forward to seeing you in the music school and I’ll talk to you again very soon.