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Short for Capo d'Astro
© Frank Ford, 9/26/98 Photos by FF

If a guitar or banjo player wants to play in a different key without learning new scales, it's no problem.

Just place a "capo" at the desired fret, and you raise the pitch of all the strings at once, just as if you held the strings down with the finger of your third hand:

Here, the pitch is raised two frets, or one whole step. Now you can use the key of "C" fingering and you'll be playing in "D."

I can't think of a single instrument accessory that has been needlessly reinvented as many times as the capo! Here's a tiny assortment of new, old, cheap and expensive capos:

They all do the job, some a little better than others. . .

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