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    How often do you capo?

    I was digging out a capo the other day to hold the strings in place while I did other work, and it occurred to me that I rarely use one anymore when I play. Do you find it something you'd use on a regular basis?
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    I never capo for performing. I do capo at home rarely, on two occasions that I can recall.

    Once I was learning a song that had been written with a capo, and I wanted to perform it without a capo, and in a different key. (It might have been tuned to Eb as well, but I can't remember.) It was a singer-songwriter tune. One guitar and one voice.
    I used two guitars to learn the song - one tuned up and capo-ed like the one on the recording, and one tuned to standard. I played a bit on one guitar and then the next, to find chord forms that sounded like the original one.

    Also, whenever I have not played the ukulele for a while, I sometimes put a capo on a guitar at the 5th fret and play it like that for a while. When I play an ukulele, I like to imagine that someone has cut off the first five frets (and the bass-strings part of the neck). It's the best way for my guitar-playing brain to cope with it.
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    I've only ever played twice in my life with a capo where it was a last minute thing where I was playign with others & they knew the song in one key & I knew it in another--and it wasn't a song that was easy to transpose in my head--some songs are easy for me to do that--some aren't.

    Other than that they mess me up--changes the feel of the guitar for me.

    I find most guitar players I know use them to avoid playing barre chords--I can play them & am okay with that--but then someone goes & uses a capo & a different chord names--and messes me up when I can play it properly--

    Now I know there are many good uses for them--open tunings, different voices, different timbres with open strings and other similar ideas--as well as otehr things not on my list.

    I've never owned one.
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    I dont like using Capo's.. but whenever the song needs it, I use it. but it's like once in every six months.. I do use it for set up purposes, other than that, it remains in my case

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    I never use a capo. Our band plays songs in literally almost every key imaginable with numerous key changes in quite a few songs. Using a capo would simply be a disruption for me- better to simply learn to use all barre chords.

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    Our worship leader isn't a musician and doesn't have a real gasp on keys so I have to capo quite often.
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    I few years ago I played in an Eagles tribute band. We had a double-neck Gibson (which was stolen and replaced by an Epiphone).
    I capoed that guitar at the 7th fret for Hotel California.

    Forgot about that one. ^
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    Quote Originally Posted by etechstan View Post
    Our worship leader isn't a musician and doesn't have a real gasp on keys so I have to capo quite often.
    Ours uses one--but he hates barre chords--although he has switched keys as he ages (He's not old yet)--so now most songs are in guitar friendly keys.
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    How could you hate barre chords? They simplify everything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by die Bullen View Post
    How could you hate barre chords? They simplify everything!
    Well I don't hate them & I use them.
    When I taught I made sure to position the positives of learning them--even if they were tricky at first.
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