When learning a guitar part/song by ear, how do you determine where to put the capo?



Asked by: Jamie Robinson

EDIT : to answer the question, per se – identify the top note of a chord, the I chord preferrably. This will usually be the 1st, 3rd or 5th of that chord/scale. If it’s the 1st (root) then option 1 or 3 will give capo placement. If it’s a 3rd, then option 2 or 4, and if it’s a 5th, the only option is 5.

How do I know where to put capo?





We say I'm going to go from B flat. And I'm going to step backwards. Until. I get to a G or a D. Okay. So one two three so there's the G.

How do you find the notes of a song by ear?

So you start to recognize. The quality of these chords as you develop the ear. So i say c had nine g. Maybe d sus4 i hear that. Note this would be d. Major this is d sus4. And then that's e minor.

How do you figure out chords in a song by ear?

So if i'm trying to figure out a song by ear and i figure out that the main chord is g. Or the main chord is c. Or the main chord is d.

How do you tell what key a song is in my ear if you don’t have perfect pitch?

On a random fret. If it sounds positively horrifying that's not the right key. Okay move up or down. Okay then you keep moving up or down until you find something that sounds.

What key is capo 1st 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

How do you organize music by ear?

So focus on something a little bit lower and an instrument that might fit is maybe a cello or something we're just going to use our ears I'm going to play the theme.

How do you teach yourself to play by ear?

For a note sing the note play the note and have it be the same note singing. And playing now. You can't just play the piano by ear unless you sing along because that's your ear your ear is your voice

Is playing music by ear a talent?

As explained above, playing by ear is an impressive skill. But it’s important for more than just showing off and convincing people you’re “naturally musical”. It’s important to learn to play by ear because it gives you real freedom on your instrument.



Can you play songs by ear without perfect pitch?

You either have perfect pitch or you don’t (though some people claim you can learn it). Whatever the case, having perfect pitch is pretty rare and you don’t need it to play by ear or make great music.

How do you determine what key a song is in?

The easiest way to figure out the key of a song is by using its key signature. The number of sharps/flats in the key signature tell you the key of the song. A key signature with no sharps or flats is the key of C (or A minor).

How can you tell if you have perfect pitch without knowing notes?

You have perfect pitch if:



  1. You are able to name a musical note played with a musical instrument or object (example: a bell)
  2. You are able to sing a particular note without any reference note.
  3. You are able to name several notes played one after the other.
  4. You can identify the key of a musical piece.


Can you teach yourself perfect pitch?

New study finds some people can be trained to learn absolute pitch. If you’re a musician, this sounds too good to be true: UChicago psychologists have been able to train some adults to develop the prized musical ability of absolute pitch, and the training’s effects last for months.

How do you know if you’re on pitch?

And move from your voice. Around. Until you hone right in on that goal that way your visual cortex of your mind is stimulated. And assisting you in being able to feel and hear. And confirm visually.