The humble capo.
Beloved by some, misunderstood by many.
If you’re one of the “many”, never fear. JB is here to rock your world with The Definitive Lesson on the art of the capo.
Since open strings are fundamental to the guitar’s sound, especially in pop music styles, learning to maximize those open strings with a capo falls into the “must know” category. And if you’re primarily an acoustic guitarist, a capo should be one of your first purchases, along with a tuner and some picks.
The bottom line: Effective use of the capo is essential for the modern guitarist. It will make your playing more professional, and the side benefit of minimizing barre chords will make you a much happier player to boot!
So pack a lunch and buckle up, fellow six-stringers – The Definitive Lesson: Essential Capo Strategies awaits. Continue reading “The Definitive Lesson: Essential Capo Strategies” »
What do classic songs like “Hotel California” (The Eagles), “Here Comes the Sun” (The Beatles), “Fire and Rain” (James Taylor), and “Landslide” (Fleetwood Mac) have in common?
How about modern pop tunes like “If I Die Young” (The Band Perry), “I’m Yours” (Jason Mraz), “Hey Soul Sister” (Train), and “Come On Get Higher” (Matt Nathanson)?
Answer: They all require a capo for maximum musical mojo!
If you’re not using a capo, then you’re doing your guitar playing a major disservice. The modern guitarist needs to learn to use a capo effectively since so many songs either benefit from it or require it to sound their best. Luckily for you, you’ve arrived at the right place.
This lesson will answer all of your questions about the fundamentals of capo use, including types of capos, positioning, the “moveable nut” concept, and more. Let’s get this party started with a trip through Capo Basics! Continue reading “Capo Basics” »