Complete the Ukulele Capo Beginner’s Guide

- Apr 11, 2019 -

Introducing today is the complete guide for beginners of the Ukulele Variations!I hope this guide will help you understand what a capo is, how to use it, and which types of capo are there.


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What is a capo?

Capo is the abbreviation for capotasto, meaning “fretboard” Italian. This is a small tool that you can tie to the neck of your ukulele to keep all the strings on the same sound. So basically, you use a capo instead of your finger to limit the strings on that particular genre.


What can you do with it?

Since you know what it is, you may want to know what it is for. Using a capo can increase the pitch of the instrument, allowing you to play with different buttons without tuning or transposing the ukulele in the treble keyboard with the tuning plug.


Example: The standard tuning of the ukulele (gCEA) is also known as the “C” tuning. Remember that the order of the notes is as follows: A#BCC#DD#EFF#GG#, adding a capo to the fourth sound will turn your ukulele tuning into an “E” tuning. .

The capo is also helpful when trying to more closely match the singer’s sound range. Raise your pitch by one or two halves, usually only to make the singer more comfortable.


When do you use a capo?

There are two main reasons why you want to use a capo. The first is to use a capo to raise the pitch of one song to another so that it matches your sound range.


The second reason is as follows. On UkuTabs you will sometimes see: “Alternative version” as a comment at the beginning of the song. There, I tell you, you can try to convert the songs to make the songs easier to play. For example: Convert 1 step to change A#m to Am, which is easier to play. However, if you are playing the original recording, then this will not sound any better. To get back to the same key, you can add a capo to the first sound and play the Am chord. Now you are still the same as the recording, but the chords are easier to play. All chords and songs released on UkuTabs do not require a capo. You can choose whether you want to transpose the key and use a capo.


I have a guitar capo, can I use that?


Of course you can, there is nothing to stop you from using your guitar’s capo, even if I don’t have your specific ukulele-style capo. I have a black Jim Dunlop 83 guitar carbo. It works very well, but I have to pay attention, I rarely use it again. If you plan to use a capo on your ukulele often, I recommend buying a ukulele-designed capo.


Last point

Although sometimes the capo is really handy, I recommend using it only to change the keys of your ukulele to match your voice and actually play the original chords. Try not to rely on your capo while learning songs. If you encounter a song with an unknown chord, you can find the chord at the top of each song at any time, or hover your mouse over the chord on UkuTabs. If it’s not a song on UkuTabs, use UkuChords to learn how to play chords.


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