"Several of the same guitars..."For what situations do you guys use capos in general?
I have several of the same guitars and plan to set some up for various open tunings.
I need advice on the possibilities of using capos in different situations....thanks in advance?
I think it's interesting that you never see jazz player use capos, but you see folk (and increasingly rock) players use them frequently.I guess they're a tool that some find useful, but depending on the player, I think it's worthwhile to get to the point that they'd be unnecessary.
As noted in my post too, I completely agree that there are times that a particular player may choose to use the capo, and as you specified, to have access to open string tones.They have practical purposes - usually connected with chord shapes or patterns where open strings play an important part, and usually with singers choosing keys to suit for their voices.
I personally haven't seen any use of a capo where I'd consider it a "laziness crutch" - although maybe I don't see making things easier for yourself as a sign of "laziness" . No sensible player makes things more difficult than they need to be.As noted in my post too, I completely agree that there are times that a particular player may choose to use the capo, and as you specified, to have access to open string tones.
On the second part, changing the key for a singer is something most of us can do on a wide range of material almost immediately, and for the stuff we can't do immediately, we can still do easily. In the second case I find it to be more of a laziness crutch, whereas in the first case it's chosen for player preferred tonality.
There are plenty of chord voicings that are simply not possible to play without using a capo.I don't really see the need for a capo. Yesterday I was following a friend who was playing with a capo and I showed him that all the chords were playable with the same voicing without the capo. I've still got a couple somewhere, but I never really used them and eventually forgot all about them until times like yesterday, or seeing a thread like this.
I guess they're a tool that some find useful, but depending on the player, I think it's worthwhile to get to the point that they'd be unnecessary.