Using a Capo to Change Positions (Guitar Lesson)


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Justin Roth

Using a Capo to Change Positions

Taught by Justin Roth in Using a Capo seriesLength: 28:13Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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Denny BDenny B replied on September 7th, 2015

Best explanation of the basics of capo use that I've seen anywhere.

danonwheelsdanonwheels replied on August 22nd, 2015

Helpful if hard to understand for me

greekbloodgreekblood replied on January 2nd, 2014

Awesome lesson!!!

rkirbyrkirby replied on June 13th, 2013

Great lesson. Very articulate and helpful.

brooklynrazorbladesbrooklynrazorblades replied on June 6th, 2013

Really helped. ^^

BuffyLOLBuffyLOL replied on May 7th, 2013

Hi Justin, awesome lesson. I learned loads, thank you!!!

vernaverna replied on April 7th, 2013

Thank you Justin for a really good lesson on using a capo. You explained everything very well.

ggorden1ggorden1 replied on March 10th, 2013

Finally someone to fully explain what happens when using a capo. Thanks Justin I am really looking forward to the rest of your teaching on capos.

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 FREE
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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