The Capo Was 1 Fret Off...

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  1. mattjhuber

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    So a couple of weeks ago, we were playing...So I start it off with a little intro riff...and then our other guitarist/singer comes in...with the capo on the wrong fret...

    Worst sound known to mankind.

    Ouch.
    That's all I have to say. Probably one of the worst messups I've ever heard, and I'm proud to be a part of it.

    Anyone else have a similar experience (ie, dismal mistakes live)?
     
  2. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    who stepped on the cow's tail? i keed!
     
  3. trower

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    He must have been 1 fret sharp...yea that would make me run for cover.
     
  4. r9player

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    bummer! intro sounded like it was kickin'
     
  5. JStizz

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    i did that once at a small gig. quite hilarous.
     
  6. 8Painting

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    that sounded awesome.

    Nothing wrong with being wrong......(as long as it sounds cool), hahahaha

    I woulda ran with it!
     
  7. neil99

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    First gig, a bit nervous. Song starts with an open A strumming. When the band kicks in after the drummer's intro it was like razor blades to my ears. I am looking to the bass player and the other guitar player in a panic saying to them "who forgot to tune"

    Then I look down at the neck of my guitar and see my one fingered open A.




    on the 3rd fret:messedup

    Quick bump to the left and all was right with the world again.
     
  8. Rock Johnson

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    I remember a transcription years ago in Guitar World, of a blues player -- one of the Kings, maybe. Anyway, the author starts talking about how the player uses this incredibly inventive chromatic substitutionary triad in the third mode of Mixolydian yadda yadda..... and then, in midsentence, says, "naaah. He was just aiming for the 5th fret and missed by one, but he bends the sh*t out of this note to get back in key."
     
  9. dhdfoster

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    I saw a pro level country band do this for their opening song. It was funny. Cross Canadian Ragweed, or something like that. Even the pros can make mistakes. They stopped the song, moved the capo, and started from the top. The audience liked it.
     
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    Our keyboardist had one of those transposing keyboards set to another key. He played blissfully away and we all looked at each other like we were the idiots :)
     
  11. Trebor Renkluaf

    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse? Gold Supporting Member

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    A few years ago our brand new worship leader did the same thing. He's starting a song on accoustic guitar and put the capo on the second fret when it should have been on the third. I come in a few bars later on what should have been an Eb chord but because he capoed at the wrong fret it became Edimmented. To make matters worse, he was so out of tune I couldn't compensate. I tried fumbling around in a few keys before I finally gave up as it was impossible to figure out where he was. The piano player did the same thing.
     
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    My buddy did it live at a concert filling in for a guitarist for one of the largest touring Christian bands in the country. Got ribbed by the frontman live in front of a large crowd. It was all in good fun though!

    Ive done it plenty of times....
     
  13. Steve Foley

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    ....takes me back to the show where I stuck my pick in the strings, and forgot I'd done that - I NEVER stick my pick in the strings, but I did that night. When we came back up, I was horribly out of tune, but didn't come up with the pick in the strings concept, yet, so I gave the rhythm player a dirty look, and proceeded to retune. He just grins at me, but doesn't realize I'm shooting dagger-eyes at him, in all the hubbub. I thought he had twisted my tuners as a joke, :crazy, and couldn't hear the pick splatting, since I was tuning silently under the band's noise.
    Then I turn back up to rip into the next solo to get "blat, blat, blat,,,,," and realize the pick was in the strings - pull it out, and now I'm out of tune, again...back to square one..... :jo
    Sometimes you just feel like a complete, bumbling idiot.......:puh

    El Steve-0
     
  14. Dave Orban

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    Been there, done that! LOL!
     
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    Steve, if you check youtube, there is a clip of Michael Bloomfield playing a solo with Dylan or Butterfield in the late 60's ( i ferget which) blissfully unaware that he has a pick in the strings at the 2 fret or so. fred
     
  16. Steve Foley

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    Well, then... I guess I'm in good company, then.
    ....or maybe they're not..... :confused:

    I'll click on that youtube link - maybe that's me?!?!?! :messedup

    El Steve-0
     
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    I saw Stevie Ray rip into Love Struck Baby one fret off. It can happen to anyone (he happened to be totally wasted that night!).
     
  18. Tone_Terrific

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    Other guitar player starts song, capo on.
    I play a couple of intro notes, not good.
    I look, it looks wrong.
    Singer starts, some hesitation.
    Bass player in....trainwreck.
     
  19. Bcduke2

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    I feel like the other guitarist may have been me...I can't remember though...
     
  20. Radagacuca

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    a good thread for this classic... :)
    once more

     

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