What is the difference between a flat and curved capo?



Asked by: Marco Andrez

Classical guitars tend to have very flat, very wide fretboards and thus a flat capo would be necessary, while most steel-string acoustics and electrics have curved fretboards which are more fitting to the arch of the fingers.

Does it matter what kind of capo you get?





Most brands offer a range of options, so if you see a capo you like, there’ll probably be one designed to fit your guitar. Generally capos are designed to fit as universally as possible, so you shouldn’t need to buy a specific capo unless your neck or fretboard is exceptionally different to the norm.

Is there a difference between capos?

Every capo has a range of how thin, thick, or wide a neck it can handle. Partial capos also have the issue of string spacing. Only the pioneering Third Hand (discontinued) and the SpiderCapo, both universal partial capos, adjust for string spacing, which also typically increases at higher frets.

How do you use a flat capo?

All we need to do to play this in b is find a b on the fifth string. And then put our capo on that fret. So you have your a b flat and the second fret is a b.

Which capo is best for beginners?

Clamp Capos



This is because they’re a classic design, and they’re usually relatively cheap and straightforward to use, making it nice to have as a first capo. Many of them you can find for under 10 dollars. On the other hand, there are clamp capos out there that are a little bit pricier and will last a very long time.

How do I choose a good capo?





Make sure the capo is tight enough that all open strings ring clearly but not too tight so that the strings are pulled sharp. Choose a capo that mirrors the curvature and width of the fretboard. Some guitars have very curved fretboards and guitars such as 12-strings have very wide fretboards.

What capo do professionals use?

Kyser Quick-Change Capo



It allows for quick and easy pitch changes. You only need one hand to quickly transpose your guitar. A trusted name in guitar gear, Kaiser is well-regarded by both amateurs and professionals.

Can a capo damage my guitar?

Do not leave the capo on the instrument when not playing it. The capo, when clamped on the neck, holds the strings down on the fretboard and creates extra tension on the neck and the top of the guitar. All acoustic guitars are destined, at some point in time, to have problems due to the tension of the strings.

Is a capo cheating?

Now that your capo is on your second fret, you will no longer be able to hear the notes at the open string or the 1st fret. From this point on your open string is your second fret.



That’s great but why would I want to do that?

No Capo open chords Capo on the 2nd fret open strings
Dm Em
Em F#m
G A

What is capo short for?

“Capo” is short for “capodastro” or “capotasto,” and it is a derivative of the Italian term ‘head of the neck’. A capo is essentially a small device that clamps onto the neck of a guitar to shorten the length of the strings. A guitar is not the only string instrument this device can be used on.



Are capos for beginners?

Capos are awesome. They can make learning the guitar easier for beginners, and for more advanced players, they can offer greater depth and variety. They really are a tool for all seasons.

Do I need a capo as a beginner?

#1 Using a capo allows you to play more songs with fewer chords. One of the greatest pros, for many guitarists, especially beginners (or those who are mainly singers and want to accompany their singing), is the fact that using a capo allows you to play more songs with less chords.

What does capo on 4th fret mean?

The capo on the fourth fret moves the pitch up four half steps. From our original G chord, that would be G#/Ab, A, Bb, B. Our G, C and D chords now sound like B, E and F#. These two versions of the G chord with the capo on the fourth fret now sound like a B chord.



What fret does the capo go on for key of C?

Moving back up

Key with no capo Key with capo on:
1st fret 5th fret
C C#/Db F
A A#/Bb D
G G#/Ab C

How do chords change with a capo?

Each of the chords you play in open position can be played using a capo, but if you do that, the name of the chord changes; it goes up one semitone for every fret the capo is moved up. So an open G chord with a capo on the 1st fret will become a G# chord.

What capo is B flat?

Second place would be move your capo up to the third fret and play G you can put your middle finger on the sixth string 6 fret and that's your G chord. Now we're playing b-flat.

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