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Capo and Fretboard Radius 1 Reply

Moved this to a DiscussionMost 6 string acoustic guitars are 16" radius fretboards (both of my Seagulls certainly), while my Fender Hellcat 12 string has a 12" radius (more curve). My Epiphone…Continue

Started by Robert Williamson. Last reply by Robert Williamson Apr 17.

Capos on the headstock 10 Replies

I was involved in a jam the other day and when I put the tuner on my headstock, one of the other players said, "Jim, I hope you're not gonna leave that tuner on there." I agree with him.  I strongly…Continue

Started by Jim Yates. Last reply by Phil Manuel Apr 16.

Up on 4 1 Reply

64 year old folksinger/songwriter commits YouTube :-)

Started by Lon Milo DuQuette. Last reply by Robert Williamson Apr 14.

Capo Confusion 16 Replies

I have a capo, and I've tried it out a few times, but I must be doing something wrong because the notes sound muddy and strange. My main question is, do you move the chords up the neck in relation to…Continue

Started by Rosemary j. Lambin. Last reply by Franklin G. Wanamaker Apr 21, 2013.

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Comment by Thom on February 25, 2013 at 5:57pm

Comment by Edward Sparks on February 25, 2013 at 4:24pm
HP that's a good way to describe it. Technically though each fret is a HALF step...2 frets then being a whole step, like your example, capo on second fret is one whole step up and therefore a C Chord becomes a D!
Comment by Hoosier Picker on February 25, 2013 at 1:39pm

If the capo is on the 3rd fret, you just go up 3 steps, or your D chord is 1. Eb to 2. E to 3. F.  . . so the D becomes an F.   If your capo is on the 2nd fret a D chord would be an E, and a G chord would be an A, and a C chord would be a D, all up 2 steps.   You basically go 1 step up the scale with each fret that you put the capo on.   If you capo the 5th fret, an A chord become a D chord.

Comment by SJ Hollman on February 25, 2013 at 12:22pm

Does anyone have a chart that shows keys in relation as to where the capo is placed?  I've been going to a jam session and a lot of those attending us a capo, but never tell which key that makes the song. 

In essence, if I put my cap on the 3rd fret, but play D chords, what is the actually key of the song.  What if I play C chords or G chords?  Is there a site that will translate this for me or is there a chart somewhere? 

Hope someone is still coming to this group that can help me out.

Comment by Sharon Netzley on October 21, 2012 at 7:43am
Thanks, Will. I'll check him out this morning.
Comment by Will Becker on October 20, 2012 at 10:00am

Check out the use of the partial capos by Central Florida singer/songwriter or contact him at

Comment by Will Becker on October 20, 2012 at 9:56am

Hey Sharon,

I have an pre-Spider capo tool called the Third Hand Capo which uses cogs like the Spider but does not have the little levers on top.  Spider capos seem to be much easier.  Using a full capo and then the Spider up the neck (or below the Spider on the neck) gives you even more alternative tunings much like using the half capo in the same configuration.

Comment by Will Becker on October 20, 2012 at 9:50am
  • I have been using a full capo and half capo for quite  while now due to the example set by a local Central Florida singer songwriter Bob Rafkin.  It has been a lot of fun exploring the alternative tunings this technique brings.  Also you can flip the partial over from base side of neck to the high string side which brings on some haunting chords.
Comment by Antonio Cotichini on October 20, 2012 at 7:29am

I posted this at last a couple of times...Immag0076.jpg

About the partial capo...

I posted something about this, many months ago, with pictures. A few years before Shubb factory produce it (I mean 25 years ago m. or l.) I thought to cut a small piece from a standard Shubb to let the E string free and play in D position. The problem comes when I have to play an E or Em position... I must mute the E string with my thumb. Using two Shubbs (a full and a partial) along the fretboard is another advantage for some songs.

Comment by Edward Sparks on October 19, 2012 at 9:20pm

Okay Phil, that's two of us waiting...make it happen! :-)


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