A capo can be used on an electric guitar, an acoustic guitar, a 12 string guitar, a bass guitar, as well as a number of other stringed instruments.
If you are not familiar with what a guitar capo is, or how it is typically used, or if you are looking for advice on finding the best capo to fit you, your instrument, and your style, check out our Choosing The Best Guitar Capo guide.
And since a capo can be used on a number of instruments and diversifies the use of your guitar, guitar capo’s are pretty popular with novices and professionals alike.
In fact, you can bet that just about every professional guitarist has a capo somewhere in their collection of guitar gear. Now whether they use it a lot, or only rarely, is up to that particular guitarist.
Oddly enough, there seems to be controversy when it comes to a guitarist using a capo, and when it comes time to a player using a guitar capo, there’s typically three reactions from fellow guitarists:
- I’m very new to guitar. What is that thing being strapped on the neck? Isn’t it called a capo?
- Oh, a capo. This guitarist must need to raise the key of their guitar. I use one of those every once in a while.
- Haha! This guitarist doesn’t know their instrument well enough! They have to use a capo! (On a side note, we call these people capo snobs, and rest assured that there is nothing wrong with busting out a capo for your guitar.)
Whatever the reaction might be, very seldom is the reaction to the use of a capo on just about any type of guitar “Holy S#*t, that’s incredible!” Or, “Now I want to find the best guitar capo possible, and get more than one, so I can learn to do this!”
In the video you are about to see, you’re going to witness four distinct traits that when combined, create an incredible guitar player. Some of these traits are innate, meaning that the player may just be gifted, but the other traits are can be chalked up to nothing more than hard work and perseverance. These five traits are:
- Knowledge of music
- Knowledge of the player’s instrument
- Ingenious Creativity
- Flawless playing technique (in this case, fingerstyle)
- Raw talent
What’s really incredible, first, is the usage of two guitar capo’s, one full barr and one partial, and the usage of the player’s thumb, acting as a third partial capo. Second, one of the capo’s is moved along the fretboard in mid-song to create an incredible arrangement that would otherwise take several guitars to accomplish.
Watch it a few times, and any guitarist will truly appreciate what is being done here. In addition to that, close your eyes and give it a listen.
Anyway, back to the controversy surrounding the usage of a guitar capo. Well, this video should alleviate any controversy surrounding whether the guitar capo is a legitimate tool for the serious guitarist.
S0 enough of the chit-chat. Let’s get on with this incredible video! And we want to extend a big BGGO thank you to Dave Savage (wherever you may be) for creating such a beautiful, creative, and inspiring arrangement, and obviously for sharing it with the world via YouTube.
Video Source: musicby davesavage via YouTube