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Using a Capo to Adapt the Tools

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Now let's try using these new capo tricks in the context of a practice tune. We'll be in an unusual key and have two sections with simple harmony. Then for each section we'll come up with two different capo positions and have two guitar parts that work well together.

I hope this tutorial has made you feel confident in using a capo. It's an incredible tool, and I never go anywhere without one. You've also seen how confusing it can get, once you start to mix up the different voicings within guitar parts and song sections. The term “capo confusion” covers that problem and it's a real thing even among professional guitar players! That's why it pays off to really get comfortable with the harmonic number system, mostly when it comes to knowing all the different functions in the different keys.

Quiz yourself. Key of F for example, whats the IV-chord? What's the vi minor chord? And so on.

The 2nd part is to train your ear to recognize these harmonic functions. Listen to country songs and train yourself to first recognize the I, IV and V chord, and then expand that to include the vi minor, the ii and iii minor as well. The good news is that most country music generally is pretty simple harmonically, so this more of a manageable task than trying to train your ear to recognize jazz chords for example.
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