Chords With A Capo
Hey there! I am teaching myself guitar, and I have just started using the capo, but I have run into a confusing spot. For a song I want to play, the capo is on the first fret. Do I play the chords it says to play the normal way they are played? As in, it says to play a Bm but with the capo on the first fret, it will sound like a Cm. Do I still play the Bm? Is that how it is supposed to be? Or do I adjust what note I play. I'm sorry if this makes no sense at all. It's harder to explain in writing than in person. Thank You in advance!!(:
Correct - play a Bm and it will sound a Cm, play a D and it will sound Eb, play an E and it will sound F.
Most music will ask you to play the chord shapes that you want, they won't ask you to transpose.
Some music will give you the sound that you get in brackets along with the chord that you're playing e.g. Capo 3 - Play D (F) - you play D and it sounds F. This is really helpful if you want to accompany a singer in the original key but haven't got a capo around and your transposition skills haven't made it to "Instantaneous" yet.
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I found an interesting article about capos on Gibson.com that you might want to check out. http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/Capo-Tips-and-Tricks.aspx
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