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Using a Capo

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.

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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.

Lessons in this Series:

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 Sample Lesson
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 Member 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 Member 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 Member 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 Member 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 Member Only
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