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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 3 hours ago.

Capo and Fretboard Radius

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 23 hours ago.

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64 year old folksinger/songwriter commits YouTube :-)

Started by Lon Milo DuQuette. Last reply by Robert Williamson on Monday.

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 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! :-)

Comment by Sharon Netzley on October 19, 2012 at 9:12pm
Thanks, Phil. I spent a couple of hours messing around with that exact thing this afternoon. Looking forward to hearing your arrangement of "Run Away." I live that song.
Comment by Edward Sparks on October 19, 2012 at 8:51pm

Phil, will look forward to it! 

Comment by Phil Manuel on October 19, 2012 at 6:55pm

@Sharon - funny you should ask about partial capos.  I just got mine today.  It's a Shub brass one, covering the 5-4-3-2-1 strings.  A guy I meet at my wife's recent Art Exhibition was using one, and showed me how he used it.  So, I finally ordered one off Amazon Wednesday.  Spent the last 3 hours playing around with it.  I think it's a keeper.

It works pretty well on my Martin HD-28, but it's a little hard to get off/on my little parlor guitar.  I re-arranged a version of "Run Away" using 2 capos, a full and the partial, putting the full one on the 3nd fret, and the partial on the 5th fret.  I think I'm going to have a lot of fun figuring how to use it.  Fun so far. Also, check out Lon's use of the partial capo.  I'll try to get a video done of "Run Away" this weekend to show how I used both capos.


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