The capo is a very useful accessory, especially for beginners. It allows you to change the tone of a song without much effort or knowledge. It is a strange-looking device that literally “strangling” the guitar neck to achieve sharper chords. Arguably, the capo makes the function of an “extra hand”.
Traditionally capos are a kind of “tweezers” around the neck of the guitar and press on different frets.
What can you do with a Guitar Capo?
- The most obvious is the change in tone. You can change the tone of the guitar without having to retune each string. Obviously this transposition applies to the treble only.
- Another use is to replace and simplify a series of chords that will help the musician not to tire his index finger. This can only be done if the chords are simple and no parts of the song to be heard detuned by use of the capo. No musician is fast enough to remove the capo in the middle of a song.
- Finally we have the capo can help turn your guitar into another instrument, such as a mandolin. The guitar imitates the sound of the mandolin with the use of a capo and this can be useful to produce a particular effect in a musical arrangement.
It is important to consider the type of guitar you have to pick the right capo.
Generally, classical guitars have a flat handle, thus requiring a form of flat capo. By contrast, electric guitars and they have a “radio”, ie a slight curve on the surface of the handle. The capo will have to respect this curvature to be effective.
- Toggle capo: the best known of all, its use is more home than professional. It tends to detune the guitar, but itâ€™s okay if you’re starting. A plus point is that it has a more affordable price.
- Trigger capo: one of the most widely used because it is very easy and quick to install. Some players say this type of capo tightens the strings too much, so they are out of tune very quickly. However, it is very popular and the favorite of many musicians.
- Screw type capo: preferred by most professionals as to adjust the level of pressure on the strings. Its design is simple and incorporates a screw to make the adjustment.
- Glider capo: this is very interesting, because it allows the capo slide in different positions during the same song. Sure it’s a capo designed for musicians with an advanced level.
- Partial capo: This attachment lets you choose the strings that you want to pressure and gives a lot of freedom to create.
It is important to note that the use of a capo should not be systematic, but it is a very useful accessory to have on hand when circumstances require it. Start with the most basic type, so you can have an idea about how it works and which one is better for you.