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Capos

A capo is a device used on the neck of a stringed instrument to shorten the playable length of the strings, therefore raising the pitch. They are most commonly used on electric and acoustic guitars, along with other stringed instruments such as banjos and mandolins. With the capo applied and the pitch raised, guitarists can play in a different key using the same fingerings as playing open.

There are several different capo designs, but most consist of a rubber-covered bar that clamps to the instrument's neck to hold down the strings. Capos come in different sizes and shapes for different instruments and fretboard curvatures, and should be applied after a fresh tuning by laying the barre directly behind the fret so that all strings have uniform pressure and position.







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