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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Tips & Tricks

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...

In this lesson Justin introduces his series on playing with a capo and dishes out some...

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Lesson 2

Using a Capo to Change...

In this lesson, Justin talks about how you can use a capo to play up and down the neck...

Length: 28:13
Lesson 3

The Drop D Capo

Justin introduces the Drop D capo, which only covers 5 strings, and talks about its common...

Length: 34:05
Lesson 4

Partial Capos: Transposing

Justin Roth looks at transposing chords with a short cut capo. This particular capo is...

Length: 31:07
Lesson 5

Partial Capos: Different...

Justin Roth continues exploring the partial capo. This time, he explains how you can use...

Length: 21:06
Lesson 6

Partial Capos: Bass...

Justin Roth demonstrates what you can do if you want to play with partial capos but don't...

Length: 10:36