Introduction and Basic Tips (Guitar Lesson)


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Justin Roth

Introduction and Basic Tips

In this lesson Justin introduces his series on playing with a capo and dishes out some basic tips, including how to properly to place the capo.

Taught by Justin Roth in Using a Capo seriesLength: 3:52Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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fosfos replied on May 2nd, 2014

how to tune with capo on

BuffyLOLBuffyLOL replied on April 26th, 2013

thanks for the tip. Very useful I had these troubles when using a capo. I will tune after putting the capo on, cool :-)

jekajajojesajekajajojesa replied on March 7th, 2013

I do to.

jnc51jnc51 replied on March 7th, 2013

Thanks Justin, I'm looking forward to these lessons. So far I've only used a capo to do a quick change of key and maintain the same chord shapes as I use in a certain song. I play in a Bluegrass group so when I play a Break I can play the same lead pattern no matter what key. I do play other music beside Bluegrass and would like to learn more about using capos for those genres.

mgapmgap replied on March 7th, 2013

This will be very useful since I enjoy using the capo on many songs.

Using a Capo

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Justin Roth, acclaimed indie songwriter and guitarist, delves deep into the world of the capo. He explains not only how a standard capo can be used, but also partial and drop tuning capos.



Lesson 1

Introduction and Basic Tips

In this lesson Justin introduces his series on playing with a capo and dishes out some basic tips, including how to properly to place the capo.

Length: 3:52 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Using a Capo to Change Positions

In this lesson, Justin talks about how you can use a capo to play up and down the neck / change positions, and explains why you would want to do so.

Length: 28:13 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

The Drop D Capo

Justin introduces the Drop D capo, which only covers 5 strings, and talks about its common uses. He also covers transposition using this capo.

Length: 34:05 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Partial Capos: Transposing

Justin Roth looks at transposing chords with a short cut capo. This particular capo is meant to cover only 3 of the 6 strings, the A, D and G, while leaving the rest to ring open.

Length: 31:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Partial Capos: Different Keys

Justin Roth continues exploring the partial capo. This time, he explains how you can use the low bass note on different chords to find different keys to play out of.

Length: 21:06 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

Partial Capos: Bass Note

Justin Roth demonstrates what you can do if you want to play with partial capos but don't want to change the shapes or key that you are playing in.

Length: 10:36 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only

About Justin Roth View Full Biography Justin Roth is a nationally touring singer/songwriter and fingerstyle acoustic guitarist who combines an artful blend of hooks laid on a bed of brilliantly inventive guitar technique, bridging contemporary and indie/alt folk. He has toured with John Gorka and opened for some of the finest singer/songwriters, including Shawn Colvin, Martin Sexton, Darrell Scott, and David Wilcox. His guitar playing has earned him shared stages with some of the greatest fingerstyle players of today, such as Tommy Emmanuel, Andy McKee, Billy McLaughlin, California Guitar Trio and Pat Donohue. Roth’s fan-funded fourth solo album, Now You Know, which he recorded, produced, played and sang every single note himself in his home studio, was recently voted as one of the Top 100 Folk Albums of 2011 by Roots Music Report.

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