How often do you think you will need a Capo when playing your guitar? If the first thing you are saying is once, twice, ten times at most, you are wrong. I mean, if that is how rarely you use it you wouldn’t be sitting here looking for the best guitar capo would you? The right answer to that question is: I have no idea, but I have a feeling that it might be one of the most useful accessories that I can clamp onto my guitar and carry around. Having a capo is like having an extra pointer and thumb to hold down the strings so that you don’t have to worry about the pitch of the guitar being lower than you want it to be. While you might be one of those people who prefers to think that you will never have to play in the lower register of your guitar, and I am not saying your preferences are wrong, you will have to perform and play in the lower registers more often than you think. So why make it harder on yourself by begging for a capo when you need it, when you can simply have it at all times?
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Top Guitar Capos
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The three types of capo
While you blissfully float in your ignorance, believing that there is only one type of capo and what does it matter which one you buy, I am here to tell you, as always, that you are wrong. You see, there are three types of Capos available on the market and all of them have something about them that will make you wonder why you don’t know more about each type. I do have a bias towards one type of capo in the list, but that is because of the simplicity of the design and availability on the market. So, without any further ado, here are the three types of capos.
The Spring Loaded Capo – or the majority capos that I am actually telling you to get. The spring loaded capo is the simplest in design and use. It has a spring that keeps the pressure on the strings once its is clamped on, but is easily removable and comfortable to use because of the handy design. So much so that you can put it on or take it off the guitar mid song. The simplicity of the design makes these capos be on the cheap side in the bunch. The only problem is that the spring does not have adjustable pressure which might result in string bending, but that is easy to get around if you are careful.
The C Clamp Capo – also known as “come on Jerry, how long is it going you to clamp that thing on?” This capo is way more customizable in the pressure it applies to the strings thanks to the fact that you have to turn a screw a whole bunch of times to actually clamp the capo on. While the process is lengthy and the price is high, this type of capo is also probably the most sturdy of the capos. Fun item, but once you clamp it on, don’t expect the process of taking it off to be an easy one.
The Toggle Capo – this one is known as “maybe if you had not lost my toggle capos I wouldn’t have to use the C clamp Tom”, also commonly referred to as the one that is the easiest to lose. The toggle capo is the cheapest of the bunch, mostly because of the simplicity of its make. Piece of cloth and a notched mechanism to tighten the strings is all it takes, so maybe you could pick up a few at the same time because, you know, they’re extremely easy to lose. These also tend to have the most trouble with bending the strings, but are a good option if you don’t want something expensive.
If your skepticism of the best Capo is yet to be swayed, let me attempt to convince you of its importance by proposing that maybe you could use it to experiment? I mean is not the point of learning to play an instrument to eventually attempt the creation of something new and unheard of before? While you are writing songs all with a dedication to muted strings or strings that are in the lower registers, you are missing out on the chance to attempt a fresh sound, in the higher register of your guitar’s sound. All you have to do is clamp on the Capo right and start playing, trying to find that unique sound that you wish so hard to produce. The capo will allow you to play things that you might have thought impossible before, or if you are a beginner player, will help you use the few chords you know to play songs you did not know you could play. It is a great tool to enhance your playing ability, the way you sound, as well as to challenge yourself as a composer, after all playing and composing songs in the higher register is way more challenging than the conventional lower registers you so often hear chorded through. And while you are consciously enjoying all these benefits to your music you will also, without noticing, start exhausting your fretting hand much less, as your fingers have to strain way less pushing down on the strings. All guitar players take pride in the effort they put into their playing, but that does not mean that you have to sacrifice the good feeling of your fretting hand to be a great player. Which is why I suggest you pick out the best guitar capo, pick it up, and start strumming away with a fresh take on your sound.