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Using A Guitar Capo - Unlock The Guitar Using Just A Few Chords
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Guitar Capo for instant key changes

If you struggle to find chords on the guitar that are supposed to be correct but when played dont sound right this maybe down to the guitar being played in a different key. Unless you know all the chords for all the 12 different keys you can play in, you will struggle to nail the song. Using a guitar capo will solve this problem.

For example if you are learning a song and know the chords to the song, but when you come to singing the song you cannot sing in that key you will need to play in a key that is more suited to your voice. If you want to be able to change key easily on the guitar and use the chords you are most familiar with then this article may help you.

Why use a Guitar Capo?

Many guitarists who have covered songs that dont suit their voice or sound, simply apply a capo to the guitar and you have changed the key! By moving the guitar capo up and down the neck you will be able to play in any key using the same chords you are familiar with. If say, you play the chords A,D and E in the key of A, by putting a capo on the guitar over the 2nd fret you have transposed the key to B. Your chord shapes will now sound the B, E and F# chords. This is by far the most simplist way to change key on the guitar.

Benefits of Using a Guitar Capo

Guitar Capos are great for using on an acoustic guitar. Songs like Wonderwall by Oasis or Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles are great examples of songs done on the acoustic guitar using a guitar capo. In the case of Wonderwall the guitar capo is used on the 2nd fret, with Here Comes the Sun the guitar capo is used further up the neck on the 7th fret.

The best way to use the guitar capo is to experiment with it. By using just 3 chords, say the A, D and E chords all played on open strings, move the guitar capo up the neck and keep the same chord shapes. You will then hear how these 3 chords can be transposed to different keys all over the fretboard! This is an extremely effective way of using the guitar capo and will definately benefit you when learning guitar.

The next time your learning guitar or a song on the guitar and cannot sing it in that key, grab your guitar capo and move it to a position on the fretboard that does suit your voice. This is a great little tool to use when you learn guitar.


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