This is a D'Adarrio NS Banjo Capo and is one of the best capos we've found for Strumstick(and we have tested many!) A simple thumbscrew adjusts the tension. The low profile makes it easy to position just barely touching the fret, which reduces tuning re-adjustments. Using a capo provides many musical possibilities; on the Strumstick, the capo changes keys, but also changes the scale pattern. 1st fret minor, 2nd fret a blusey minor scale, 3rd fret a major scale, 4th fret either major or minor scale (depending on how you use the extra fret See Capo use in Instructions Learning Center area for details, we also have a video on capo use.
about 2" long.
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Installation, Bonus Guitar Use, and Strumstick Keys with Capo
To Use the D'Adarrio Capo: Position arm over strings (just behind fret, even touching the fret a little is OK) and tighten thumbscrew; firmly but don't overdo it.
Avoid stretching strings to left or right when installing (pressing the arm evenly down onto strings with thumb of your right hand while tightening thumbscrew with your left hand helps)
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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