A capo is a common guitar accessory that fits across the neck of a guitar. The capo holds down the strings of the guitar, which shortens their vibrating length, thereby raising their pitches. Musicians often use capos to be able to play songs in a key that is more comfortable for them. If you suddenly realise that you need a capo on the spot or you happen to lose yours, you can create a makeshift capo that will fill in until you can purchase one.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Rubber bands
Cut a wooden pencil with a handsaw so that it is slightly wider than the width of your guitar's neck. Place the pencil on a flat surface as you saw.
Place the cut pencil over the fret that you want to capo.
Wrap a rubber band around one end of the pencil.
Stretch the rubber band behind the neck of the guitar and wrap it around the other end of the pencil.
Strum the guitar to see whether the pencil is clamping down all of the strings. If you hear a buzz, then you need to add more tension by adding more rubber bands to hold the pencil in place.
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