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Start Playing Guitar's 'The Bridge', Vol 2, #6 - Why Use A Cut Capo?
June 30, 2007's 'The Bridge'

Volume 2, Issue 6: Why Use A Cut Capo?

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Why UseA Cut Capo

Most beginners pick up a capo within the first few months, but many aren't aware of how handy a Cut-Capo can be for months or years.

A full capo holds down all six strings, and is often used to change the key without changing chords you know. A cut capo is used to hold down three adjacent strings, and helps to create a variety of alternate voicings and chord forms. The cut capo also makes it easier to play certain open chords. If you use it in conjunction with a full capo, you can play these unique voicings in nearly any key.

The cut capo is usually placed on the 3rd, 4th and 5th (D, G, B) strings. I used it to simplify the playing of "A Living Prayer" by Alison Krauss & Union Station by placing it on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th strings. Any three adjacent strings can be used as you experiement with this fun little device.

Why would you want to do this? Well, in addition to simplifying some chords, the cut capo adds new chord voicings to your repetoire, and that keeps your practice and playing interesting and more fun!

Kyser makes the de-facto cut capo, and the cost is a nominal $10-15, depending on where you purchase yours and if you wait for a sale.

If you want to try one, I recommend checking with . You can't go wrong with their price and satisfaction guarantees. The Kyser Cut Capo includes instructions for some of the chord forms and voicings.

For lots more information about the history and use of the cut capo, see Bo's Capos site.

Go For A Big Finish!

I hope you've enjoyed this issue of The Bridge. See you next month!


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