Guitar scale when using capo?



Asked by: Ian Naranjo

The notes of the open strings is not called a “scale”, so we wouldn’t say “if no capo is used then the scale is ‘E B G D A E'”, we would say, “If no capo is used, then the open notes are ‘E B G D A E'”, although we usually list them lowest to highest, which is ‘E A D G B E’.

How do you play a capo on a scale?





And the G is now an a chord. And the a is now a B chord. Because you went a a sharp B put two capable and second fret. So basically that's how all this works for using a capo up and down the neck.

What scale is capo on first fret?

If you put the capo on the first fret and play chords as if in the key of C (such as C, F & G) you take C and add 1 semitone and get C# or Db (same note – two different names depending on the frame of reference). If the capo is on 2nd fret and you play a C chord it will sound as (and technically be) a D chord.

What scale is capo on 3rd fret?

C shape with the capo on the third fret. If we move up three half steps from C, we’ll find C#, D, Eb (sometimes referred to as D# but we’re going to call it Eb). Our C, F and G chords will now sound like Eb, Ab and Bb.

When adding a capo do you transpose up or down?

If you move the capo UP X number of frets, you need to transpose your guitar chords DOWN by the same number of semitones. Each fret is a semitone, right? So in order to maintain the balance, if you go up with the capo, you need to go down with the letter names of your open chords.

What key is capo 2nd fret?





Moving back up

Key with no capo Key with capo on:
1st fret 2nd fret
C C#/Db D
A A#/Bb B
G G#/Ab A

What key is capo 5th fret?

How To Use A Capo On The Guitar – Best Uses Of A Guitar Capo.

Key Capo Position Perceived Key
F Major 5th Fret C Major
8th Fret A Major
Gb Major 2nd Fret E Major
4th Fret D Major

Does capo change scale?

It’s really simple and basic, like fretting a particular string in the same place. However – you use the term scale, and I wonder what you think that actually means. In music a scale is a set of notes, in order, played ascending or descending. Using a capo has no direct effect on scales.

What tuning is capo on 1st fret?

Let’s say you place a capo on the first fret of this same guitar. You’ve essentially moved the nut one fret closer to the bridge and raised the pitch of each string by a half step. so your guitar is in essence tuned to F A# D# G# C F (Figure 2).

What key does a capo change the guitar to?

So the G chord will be like the G down here had a second finger first finger a gap. And then the nut. So. We just moved the you know there's the capo there's the gap first finger second finger.



How do you lower the scale with a capo?

Making songs lower



Moving the capo down the neck will make the song lower. For example, let’s say that you’re playing a song in G but with a capo on the 4th fret. Note from the illustration above, you’d be playing in open B.

How do you transpose guitar scales?

So you want to do is you want to find the note G on your E string so I'm on a 7 string guitar. So my E string is right here so II half-step Deneb whole step to G gets us to the note G.

How do you transpose with a capo?

So if I move the capo to the second fret. And play the same g chord that G becomes an a chord and on the third fret that G becomes a b-flat and so on up the fretboard.



What key is in transpose?

Changing the key of a piece of music is called transposing the music. Music in a major key can be transposed to any other major key; music in a minor key can be transposed to any other minor key. (Changing a piece from minor to major or vice-versa requires many more changes than simple transposition.)

How do you transpose to a different key in guitar?

You can:

  1. Use a capo and utilize the same chord shapes in a new key.
  2. Use music theory to determine the chords of the new key using the Circle of Fifths.
  3. Use barre chord shapes to move the chords around and into the new key.


How do you change the scale of a song?

So for example if you start in C you might want to transition into G in the chorus or something like that and then back to C as a simple example.