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Using a Capo to Adapt the Tools

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Before we get into all the tricks and techniques, let's briefly talk about what gear and tones I'll be using for these examples. I'll be using my Martin-style VKV steel-string acoustic, and I'll be getting the sound you hear in the video from a combination of the overhead mic that I'm also talking through and the built-in pickup system in my guitar. But you can learn these techniques on any instrument you can even take in the knowledge without having an actual guitar in your hands!

Once you're ready to start playing these examples you will need a capo. A capo is just a little â€"clamp” that hooks onto your fretboard and works like an artificial â€"barre”. Think of it as if you're moving the nut up the neck. All the relationships between the chords you know will be the same- only it'll be in a different key. This is handy for multiple reasons- often you'll need to move the key around to accommodate the vocal range of a singer. Other times you'll want to use a certain chord vocabulary in a different key. Sometimes you'll just want a higher timbre and a sweeter sound from your chords. So as you can hear there are a million ways to use this highly affordable and fairly basic guitar tool.