A device that clamps onto the guitar neck, effectively shortening the strings and raising their pitch, allowing for easier transposition and alternate voicings.

A capo is a useful tool for guitarists, as it enables them to quickly change keys or explore new voicings and open-string possibilities without having to relearn chord shapes or fingerings. By clamping the capo onto a specific fret, the guitarist can raise the pitch of all the open strings by the corresponding number of half steps, effectively transposing the instrument to a higher key. This can be particularly helpful for playing along with vocalists or other instruments, as well as for experimenting with different tonalities and textures.

Using a capo requires an understanding of the guitar’s fretboard and basic music theory concepts, such as intervals and transposition. Incorporating a capo into one’s playing can expand a guitarist’s harmonic options and facilitate more diverse and creative performances.

Check out these Licklibrary guitar Lessons and Courses to learn more about using a guitar capo, and discover songs where the capo is used.