Have you ever wondered what a guitar capo is?
You may have heard the term used by guitarists or seen them writing about in forums and stuff, which lead you to make a bit of an awkward smile and a nod to show you knew what they were on about – but really you had no idea!
If you thought a guitar capo had something to do with a hat you wear when playing the guitar, then read on and learn all about it.
A guitar capo is used to effectively create a new nut.
It is a clamp that goes across the fingerboard of a guitar over a particular fret – which shortens all the strings. It basically makes the guitar smaller as the strings now ‘start’ on a higher fret.
This means that your guitar will now play at a higher pitch.
Capos are therefore used to change the key of the song you are playing – which could be purely for aesthetic reasons, but usually it’s because the singer (either you or someone else) may not be able to fit the song in their range.
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