The Guitar Capo
Shortening the length of the guitar strings, rather than the string being free to vibrate from the bridge to the nut, the capo allows the strings to be free to vibrate from the bridge to wherever the capo is placed. Shortening the strings, the guitar capo raises the pitch a half step for each fret.
Capos are made of either a strip of plastic or rubber which is clamped on to the neck of the guitar wherever you feel it should be.
How does it work?
Place a guitar capo on the first fret by doing this every chord you play will have moved up a half step, so for example an A chord is now a Bb (or A#), an E minor is now F minor and so on. When placed on the fourth fret, all chords are now up two steps, so four half steps. Therefore A C is now an E, an A minor is a C# minor.
Capo’s will also enable you to play a song with a different picking pattern which wouldn’t be possible if tried without a capo.
What guitar capo is best for you?
When buying a capo for your guitar, you should choose appropriately for your guitar. With a range of capo’s for classic guitars, electric guitars, acoustic steel strings, capos for curved fingerboards and capos for flat fingerboards.
When choosing a capo, the material of the capo can vary. Different materials will affect the functionality of the capo.
Many argue whether or not the use of a capo is specifically for experts or beginners? Capos are for everyone, and experts advise beginners get used to using them as early on as it will give them more freedom to play a wider range of keys and tuners, without having to learn harder chords otherwise known as ‘barre chords’.
The Guitar Tuner
A tuner is an essential piece of equipment for any guitarist, it is essential when making those first steps in to learning how to play the guitar. Knowing when your not playing correctly is because of you and not the instrument you're playing on is vital!
With lots of guitar tuners to purchase you can literally take your pic! From chromatic tuners to clip-on tuners.
This type of tuner will show tuning relative to the nearest semi-tone, for example the closest note in the chromatic scale. This means that you can use a chromatic tuner to alternate guitar tunings, or tune instruments other than a guitar.
A non-chromatic guitar tuner?
This tuner is made only to tune a guitar in the conventional note range of EADGBE. Meaning that when you play a low E the tuner should recognise that you are attempting to tune this string and indicate how sharp or flat the string is in relation to the note E
Clip on tuners
The clip-on tuner has a contact microphone built in within it. Allowing it to detect low-level vibrations, it is clipped on to the head of the guitar as it detects string pitch from the vibrations through the guitar.
The advantages of clip-on tuners are that they tend to be very small and convenient, and they can tune accurately in noisy environments without needing to plug in with a jack- perfect if you’re playing an acoustic guitar.
Pedal tuners are geared towards guitarists who play electric or electro acoustic guitars through amplifiers.
They are built into a chassis that is much like a guitar effects pedal, but have no built-in microphone and rely on the player to plug the guitar directly into it with a jack cable.
It also has a jack output. This is so that the player can have it connected into a pedal-board and tune just by switching it on when needed. When switched off, the signal will pass straight through to the amp.
These tuners are fairly a new development. Invented by TC Electronics with its Polytune Pedal, this is different from the standard guitar tuners which give the guitarist the chance to tune the guitar one string at a time.
A polyphonic tuner allows the player to strum the open strings and see the individual tuning of every string at the same time.
The advantage is that a single strum will identify where any tuning problems lie, without having to play every string.
The TAPO. Guitar Capo and Tuner in one:
Now whilst you can purchase both of these there is another alternative and that comes in the form of the Studio Series Tapo. This device is the ultimate 2 in 1 must have for any guitarist and can be purchased on the Editors Keys website here.
This 2 in 1 invention features high sensitivity tuning, which makes it more accurate, convenient and super fast. Perfect for your live performances.
The TAPO can even tune your guitar whilst it's on your guitar head, so you don’t need to leave it on your strings whilst you’re playing your guitar.
Here are some reviews to check out surrounding the TAPO,
Guitar Capo and Tuner Link