Using a Capo

by Rob
(South Hamilton, MA)

What is the principle behind using a capo. For instance if I play a G chord while using the capo on the first fret what chord does that become and how can I figure that out? Thank you.


Hi, Rob--

Basically the capo shortens the neck of your guitar, making the pitch 1/2 step higher for every fret. If you put the capo on the 1st fret and play a "G" chord, the chord sounds 1/2 step higher--"G#" or "Ab".

Another example--if you play a "D" chord and capo on the 2nd fret, the chord will sound 2 half steps higher or "E".

Hope this helps!


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