This is a Harvey Reid Flip 4/3 Capo and is the best capo we've ever found for Strumstick.The Shubb capo is a little fussy to adjust properly; the Flip capo is much easier, and can go on with either side up (it "flips"). Plus it has bonus guitar uses, see below. For Strumstick capo provides many musical possibilities, you change keys but also change scales! See Capo use in Instruction area for details, we have a video on capoing also.
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Installation, Bonus Guitar Use, and Strumstick Keys with Capo
To Use the Flip Capo: There is a long arm and a short arm; either arm can be up (Flip!). We suggest longer arm up. Position top arm over strings (just behind fret) and tighten thumbscrew firmly but don't overdo it.
Avoid stretching strings to left or right when installing (pressing arm evenly down onto strings with thumb of right hand while tightening thumbscrew with left hand helps)
Bonus Capo Use: This is a Flip Capo 4/3 (by Harvey Reid) There is a way to use it on guitar that lets you use two-finger Strumstick mini-chords on guitar. Its pretty amazing. It makes an excellent bridge from Strumstick to Guitar.Great guitar chords almost instantly! We are very in favor of increasing access to music making, which Liberty Guitar does. For full information see LibertyGuitar.com , Harvey Reid's site. He is an outstanding musician as well as an innovator and educator. Do check out his music.
Strumstick Keys with Capo: A capo is a device (familiar to guitar players) which clamps all the strings at a particular fret, changing their pitch. With guitar, the capo simply changes the key. With the Strumstick, the capo changes the key, but also changes the type of musical scale you get.
G Strumsticks Without Capo, key of G Major Capo at 1st fret gives key of A minor Capo at 2nd fret gives a Bluesy scale in B Capo 3rd fret gives C Major Capo 4th fret gives D minor or D Major
D Strumsticks Without Capo, key of D Major Capo at 1st fret gives key of E minor Capo at 2nd fret gives a Bluesy scale in F# Capo 3rd fret gives G Major. Capo 4th fret gives A minor or A Major
Why does the capo change the scale as well as the pitch? The Strumstick frets are designed to give a diatonic (major) scale. The scale is a pattern of whole steps and half steps. If you capo at the first fret, you raise all the strings (by a whole tone) but you also change the pattern of frets to a different scale. Each fret you place the capo at gives a different type of scale.
Tuning the Strumstick higher or lower will give even more keys.
Keep in mind that the extra fret (fret number 6, the flatted seventh) may please or annoy you, depending on which fret you are capoed at. If that fret does not sound good, skip it when playing.
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