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Flip Capo Instructions

The Flip Capo for Strumstick, 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 Guitar Use!
The Flip Capo 4/3 (by Harvey Reid) was originally designed as a Guitar Partial capo (capoing part of the neck). Plus, Harvey has a system he calls "Liberty Guitar" that allows using this capo, retuning one string, and getting a beautiful series of chords with a two finger chord position. Great guitar chords almost instantly! We are very in favor of increasing access to music making, which Liberty Guitar does. This is also cool way to expand from Strumstick to Guitar. For full information see . For Guitar Partial Capo use start with Partial Capo also by Harvey Reid, he's the guy... He is an outstanding musician,  as well as innovator and educator 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.