Partial Capo Techniques Part 5 (Guitar Lesson)


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Randall Williams

Partial Capo Techniques Part 5

Randall concludes his Partial Capo Technique mini-series.

Taught by Randall Williams in Lessons with Randall Williams seriesLength: 32:08Difficulty: 3.0 of 5

Chord Charts

The first set of numbers in each chord chart indicates the notes that are fretted by the left hand fingers in conjunction with the short cut capo. The second set of numbers indicates the appropriate fretting fingers.

I. Partial Capo at the 2nd Fret on Strings 5 and 4

This capo set-up is ideal for playing in the key of E minor.

Em (i chord)

E_0_
B_0_
G_0_
D_2_
A_2_
E_0_

Em (i chord)

E_0_
B_8_2
G_9_4
D_9_3
A_7_1
E_x_

Em (i chord)

E_0_
B_8_2
G_0_4
D_9_3
A_7_1
E_x_

E5 (i chord)

E_0_
B_0_
G_9_4
D_9_3
A_7_1
E_x_

Em (i chord)

E_0_
B_0_
G_0_
D_5_3
A_2_
E_0_

Emadd9 (i chord)

E_0_
B_0_
G_0_
D_4_3
A_2_
E_0_

G6 (III chord)

E_0_
B_0_
G_0_
D_5_4
A_5_3
E_3_1

Am9(no 3rd) (iv chord)

E_0_
B_0_
G_0_
D_2_
A_x_
E_5_3

Bsus4 (V Chord)

E_0_
B_0_
G_4_3
D_4_2
A_2_
E_x_

Cmaj7 (VI chord)

E_0_
B_0_
G_5_4
D_5_3
A_3_1
E_x_

D6/9(no 3rd) (bVII chord)

E_0_
B_0_
G_7_4
D_7_3
A_5_1
E_x_

II. Partial Capo at the 7th Fret on Strings 2 and 3

This capo set-up allows you to add color to chord grips. Randall demonstrates this idea in the key of G major. Notice how the notes held by the capo function in relation to each of the chords listed below.

Gmaj13 (I Chord)

E_0_
B_7_
G_7_
D_0_
A_2_2
E_3_3

Cadd9,#11 (IV Chord)

E_0_
B_7_
G_7_
D_2_2
A_3_3
E_x_

Dadd9/F# (V Chord)

E_0_
B_7_
G_7_
D_0_
A_x_
E_5_2

III. "Open" Capo at the 3rd Fret on Strings 6, 2, and 1

This capo set-up is highly advantageous when playing in the key of G major. Notice how the capo frets three of the notes held within the "rock" version of the open G major chord.

G (I Chord)

E_3_
B_3_
G_0_
D_0_
A_2_2
E_3_

Gsus2 (I Chord)

E_3_
B_3_
G_7_4
D_7_3
A_5_1
E_3_

G (I Chord)

E_3_
B_3_
G_4_1
D_5_3
A_5_2
E_3_

Am11(no 3rd) (ii Chord)

E_3_
B_3_
G_0_
D_7_4
A_7_3
E_5_1

Am11 (ii Chord)

E_3_
B_3_
G_5_3
D_5_2
A_0_
E_x_

Bmaddb6 (iii Chord)

E_3_
B_3_
G_0_
D_9_4
A_9_3
E_7_1

Cadd9 (IV Chord)

E_3_
B_3_
G_9_2
D_10_4
A_10_3
E_8_1

Cadd9 (IV Chord)

E_3_
B_3_
G_0_
D_2_2
A_3_3
E_x_

Dsus4 (V Chord)

E_3_
B_3_
G_0_
D_12_4
A_12_3
E_10_1

Dsus4 (V Chord)

E_3_
B_3_
G_7_4
D_7_3
A_5_1
E_x_

Dsus4 (V Chord)

E_3_
B_3_
G_2_2
D_0_
A_x_
E_x_

IV. "Open" Capo at the 5th Fret on Strings 6, 2 and 1

This capo set-up is highly advantageous when playing in the key of A major.

A (I Chord)

E_5_
B_5_
G_6_1
D_7_3
A_7_2
E_5_

A5 (I Chord)

E_5_
B_5_
G_2_3
D_2_2
A_0_
E_x_

Amaj9 (I Chord)

E_5_
B_5_
G_1_1
D_2_3
A_2_2
E_5_

Asus4 (I Chord)

E_5_
B_5_
G_7_3
D_7_2
A_0_
E_x_

Dsus2 (IV Chord)

E_5_
B_5_
G_2_2
D_0_
A_x_
E_x_

V. Spider Capo at the 1st Fret on Strings 6, 5, 4, 2 and 1

This capo set-up is highly advantageous when playing in the key of Fm. The open string functions as the ninth of the tonic chord.

Fsus2 (i Chord)

E_1_
B_1_
G_0_
D_3_3
A_3_2
E_1_

Ab6/9 (III Chord)

E_1_
B_1_
G_3_2
D_1_
A_x_
E_4_3

Dbadd9(#11) (VI Chord)

E_1_
B_1_
G_0_
D_3_2
A_4_3
E_x_

Eb6/9/G (VII Chord)

E_1_
B_1_
G_3_2
D_1_
A_x_
E_3_T

VI. Spider Capo at the 5th Fret on Strings 6, 5, 4, 3 and 1

This capo set-up is highly advantageous when playing in the key of Am. Similar to the voicings in Fm, the open string functions as the ninth of the tonic chord.

Am9 (i Chord)

E_5_
B_0_
G_5_
D_7_3
A_7_2
E_5_

Cmaj13(no 3rd) (III Chord)

E_5_
B_0_
G_7_2
D_5_
A_x_
E_8_3

Fadd#11 (VI Chord)

E_5_
B_0_
G_5_
D_7_2
A_8_3
E_x_

VII. Drop D Capo at the 2nd Fret on Strings 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1. (In addition, Randall tunes the low sixth string down to a D.)

This set-up provides the characteristic booming low end associated with Drop D tuning. Along with the open D string, the capo frets the notes B, E, A, C#, and F#. Collectively, these pitches form what can be analyzed as a D major scale with the fourth scale degree (G) missing. Consequently, this tuning and capo set-up provides infinite possibilities in D major or any one of its diatonic modes.

D (I Chord)

E_2_
B_3_1
G_2_
D_4_2
A_5_3
E_x_

Gmaj7 (IV Chord)

E_2_1
B_3_2
G_4_3
D_5_4
A_x_
E_x_

Bm (vi Chord)

E_2_
B_3_1
G_4_3
D_4_2
A_2_
E_x_

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MTMalsMTMals replied on February 15th, 2015

I was very glad to find this discussion of capo logic or 'thinking'. Imagine a beginner struggling for months or years to learn the basics, chord shapes, notes on the fret board, strumming, etc..and an instructor suggrest a partial capo for "his course". I bought the Spider Capo and proceeded into the course and made progress. But two things were not mentioned by the instructor; one- that the he designed and sold the capo that he suggested I buy. I still like this instructor's style, but discussions such as yours about "what is happening" in general capo application helps bridge learned beginner basic knowledge and playing skill to various capo results. For example, I found your thinking out loud about "adding color" to a basic chord helpful. Fix the capo to play part of the chord, finger the rest of the cord and add a color note to the phrase (a relative note in that chord else where on the finger board). I'd like to see discussion such as yours, dialed down to beginner 1-2 year level. I.E. if you know all of the Flamenco Chords and can play the Spanish Scale how can the Spider be used to either make that easier or enhance the playing results. The beginner has no music history as a reference to modify. Its all new. Sorry for the dissertation...great series of Capo exploratory lessons. Mike

mattbrownmattbrown replied on September 16th, 2010

Thanks for the lesson Randall! This one really helped tie all of the capo information together for me. These lessons have opened up a lot of new creative ideas for me to try. Rock on!

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