Capo discovery

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Capo discovery

Postby synop7 » Sun Apr 23, 2006 6:45 pm

Ok either all of you guys know about this or I made a major discovery

I installed a capo on the 2nd fret of my dobro (Regal RC2)

I was tuned in open D trynig to get an open E

The guitar gave me a beautifull 7th. I took a second look and realized I missed the first string, that was still giving me a D. The open chord was E7 right?

Ever heard about this? All you all nodding or rolling your eyes? Laughning at the canadian? So be it!

If this is not a first, are there any other tricks I should know about the capo and open tunings? How about putting it on the first 3 strings?

Please share your knowledge with me, I'm pretty new at this

Regards fron Canada
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RE: Capo discovery

Postby allanlummox » Sun Apr 23, 2006 7:20 pm

That's called Partial Capoing, and you can even buy or make special capoes designed to skip particular strings.


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RE: Capo discovery

Postby synop7 » Sun Apr 23, 2006 7:33 pm

Thanks for the tip. I'll get on int right away
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RE: Capo discovery

Postby maxx england » Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:15 am

Laugh at the Canadian? No, wouldn't dream of it. No, not us. Honest.

Actually, there is a variation if you use the slide on some strings but leave the bottom one or two open to give you a drone/bass.
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RE: Capo discovery

Postby david » Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:45 am

Positioning the slide to leave certain strings open is something I have been doing for a long time. My capo, however, is the cheap kind with the elastic thingy that wraps around the neck, so just catching part of the strings has not been an option.

The result is that your rather obvious discovery never occurred to me. (Slaps forehead) Thanks for pointing out the obvious to those of us too blind to see.
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RE: Capo discovery

Postby ricochet » Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:57 am

The other thing about that is that it only works on the open strings. Barre the strings above the capo and you're back to the same sort of chord you had on the open strings before you put the capo on.

Open D7's a fun tuning, BTW. DADF#AC Haven't been in it in a while. My teacher Jason showed me how to play Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Mr. Banker" in it years ago.

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RE: Capo discovery

Postby boogiechillun85 » Mon Apr 24, 2006 12:25 pm

I've messed around with partial capoing in the past. The E7 chord I learned from listening to Kelly Joe Phelps' lap slide work. There's a lesson for it somewhere online..
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