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#1 2010-12-07 18:00:16

jbsoccerbrit
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How do you know what key you are in when using a capo?

I guess really all I need to know is what string\note determines this.

For example I always tune my guitar to standard tuning and like to capo off of the 4th fret but have no idea at all what key this puts me in. I think I saw somewhere that if its on the 3rd fret its the key of C so on the 4th would it make it C#/Db.

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#2 2010-12-07 19:52:13

jerome.oneil
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Re: How do you know what key you are in when using a capo?

The key you are in will be 2 and 1/2 steps over whatever you would be in if you were playing it open.

If you were playing in the key of C in the open position, then the same chord shapes on the 4th fret would be in E.

The key of a song is dependent on the chords, not the guitar.


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#3 2010-12-07 19:58:27

jbsoccerbrit
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Re: How do you know what key you are in when using a capo?

Gotcha, sorry dumb question huh.

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#4 2010-12-07 21:39:06

Roger Guppy
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Re: How do you know what key you are in when using a capo?

jbsoccerbrit wrote:

Gotcha, sorry dumb question huh.

A question is never dumb, if you do not know something then the dumb thing is to not ask. Sometimes the answer to a question is amazingly simple but only when you already know the answer, so ask away, the only way to learn is by asking.

There are plenty of people like Jerome on Chordie who will do their best to help you understand music and your instrument.

Roger


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#5 2010-12-07 21:46:01

jerome.oneil
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Re: How do you know what key you are in when using a capo?

jbsoccerbrit wrote:

Gotcha, sorry dumb question huh.

Nope, not at all.  In fact, it's a pretty common question.


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