Using a capo to change song key....
I know there's a couple of articles on capos & song keys by David on here, but i'm having trouble putting it all together. Basically, there is a song ( http://olga.net/dynamic/browse.php?printer=0&local=main/m/mclachlan_sarah/push.crd
that has chords such as Bb, Eb, Cm, etc.
Changing it to a different key would be simpler for some of us instead of using chords like Bb, Eb, etc. But in order to know what fret to put the capo on, I have to know what key the song is in, right?
And once that is done, for example if I put the capo on the 3rd fret, how do i know what the chords get transposed to? Ie. Bb -> G, etc.
Any pointers, advice, help would be appreciated.
Methinks you've already got it.
You are correct that putting the capo 3 frets up moves the chords 3 half-steps down. So the song is now played G C Am.
Knowing the key makes it easier to make the changes, but "doing it by hand" works well too.
For example, did you consider capo-1? That would have been A D Bm, but some folk don't like to fret Bm.
As noted in David's columns, there are also voicing issues. The D is played on 4 strings, and the C on 5 strings:
From lowest to highest tones:
That extra 3rd is important to the sound of the chord.
Keep it up, you're going in the right direction.
This won't help you with the capo but it's a really handy tool for changing the key and chords of a song.
And here's a capo conversion chart.
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Thanks very much both of you. I'll keep working at it. Good to know i'm on the right track ;-)