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Author Topic: Can you survive without a capo?  (Read 887 times)

Offline graeme

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Can you survive without a capo?
« on: March 18, 2017, 06:55:34 PM »
Classic guitar was my second instrument in college, and I developed a "nasty attitude" toward the capo.

Maybe that is my issue alone, but I still suffer from the affliction.  Although, when I ordered my banjo mute a few days ago, I also ordered a capo.

On guitar, barring chords is easy, and playing jazz requires only 4 string chords.

A banjo, well, do I really need a capo?

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Re: Can you survive without a capo?
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2017, 07:02:11 PM »
I've never used one. Well, I take that back, one of my old used banjos came with one, in the case pocket, and I used to use it to hold music pages down in the wind, when the band rehearsed outdoors. I like access to all my notes on the neck.
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Re: Can you survive without a capo?
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2017, 07:29:05 PM »
I don't have to use one , however , If I want the notes to be exactly like someone else's in "G" and I want to play it in "A" I use one . Playing with my own band I use one a lot . When I fill in with other bands and don't know the songs , I never use a capo . Not using a capo , keeps me ready to pick the next tune , no matter what the key . If you learn the neck of the banjo , The chord patterns will show you the other Chords and the minor Chord for each Key .
Trust me officer , I'm a banjo player , it only seems like I'm going faster than everyone else.

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Re: Can you survive without a capo?
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2017, 09:12:19 PM »
I like ta capo ta A.....
I also like Earls 5th string strap capo...

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Re: Can you survive without a capo?
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2017, 10:18:30 PM »
I used to use one when I was starting out.  Now I seldom do, unless the music is written for one, and easier.  It's a preference thing as far as I'm concerned.
Nothing is impossible, some things just take longer.

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Re: Can you survive without a capo?
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2017, 11:59:26 PM »
Excellent.  So I keep it close at hand, just in case ...


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Re: Can you survive without a capo?
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2017, 09:52:17 AM »
I custom-built my neck, so the 5th string runs all he way up the neck.
A Keyser GUITAR capo rests in the ZERO space between the nut and the first fret, covers all 5 strings at once. No need to muck about with a separate system for the 5th string.

So, whatever key anybody needs me to be in, I just give it a quick squeeze and slide, and there I am.

Mike