Do you consider using a Capo as cheating or a short cut?

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  1. crzyfngers

    crzyfngers Member

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    i use one for strumming cowboy chords and singing. if you know an easier way to utilize open strings in Bb, help a brother out.
     
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    Sean Costello told me an interesting thing about capos, I remember saying to him, "I just can't get the hang of the capo thing".

    He smiled and this was his reply; "every time you move the capo, it's a whole new guitar".
     
  4. DewieCox

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    Overall, no I don't consider it as a shortcut, but I've definitely seen guys use it as such.

    Look at Jim James from MMJ for example...I learned a slew of their tunes without ever realizing he used a capo so often and when I caught them live he practically lives off of open chord shapes. Doesn't really bother me, as it allows him to be a little more carefree when he's rocking out.

    To me it's just another tool that opens up more possibilities and that can never be a bad thing
     
  5. guitguy28

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    A capo alters the pitch of the open strings. That's it.

    It doesn't necessarily make things easier, from my perspective. It can actually makes things harder for me sometimes, because the open strings are different than what they normally are, so I have to re-think certain things (ie. five frets away from capo @ 1st fret is Bb, when I'm used to thinking that five frets up from E=A).
     
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    dhdfoster Silver Supporting Member

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    A capo does the same thing the nut does. Is the nut cheating? What if you had to fret every string or it just went "clunk"?
     
  7. Jon C

    Jon C Silver Supporting Member

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    So what? (to his point).

    Does he not realize that you get different voicings using a capo that interact differently w/ other instruments (or voice(s)), and that has next to nothing to do with the fact that/ whether you can play the chords without a capo?

    His point is irrelevant to other alternatives that may make better (or at least different) music.

    This guy sounds like a bit of a pompous ignoramus even if he is well respected (by someone/ some). :cool: :eek:
     
  8. OilsFan

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    My guess is he's probably a 'straight into the amp' kinda dude too. :hide
     
  9. sonicD

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    After 89 answers, it's not like you need me to say this, but No - it's not cheating.
     
  10. Pietro

    Pietro 2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy

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    It's a tool, not a crutch.

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  11. KHAN

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    To the singer who has to play everything using open D, C, G positions, it's still a tool.

    A tool that they use as a crutch... :rimshot
     
  12. Pietro

    Pietro 2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy

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    Most singers are tools... :rimshot:rimshot:rimshot
     
  13. Phil M

    Phil M Supporting Member

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    No, I don't think of using a capo as cheating. I think of it as moving the nut.

    Thank you. Next question, please.
     
  14. ksandvik

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    Johnny Marr makes creative use of capos.
     
  15. onemind

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    The capo is a tool, so is the highly respected player.
     
  16. DrumBob

    DrumBob Gold Supporting Member

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    I have never used a capo and see no reason to start now.
     
  17. LarryOM

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    Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel have used a capo. Need I say more?
     
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    "Sweet Home" in Eb, kick it off Wichita.
     
  19. sixty2strat

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    one man's crutch is another man;s palette of color.
     
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  20. SteveGaines

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    Tony Rice, Doc Watson, Clarence White, Norman Blake, Dan Crary, Bryon Sutton, David Grier, etc all say the need a cheat from time to time.
     

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