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Bernadette Peters - Broadway's Best
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#beginquote# There are basicly three types of capos. There is a spring tension type that is squeezed open and placed behind the desired fret,( capoI II III etc.), and then released. This is probably the best type, because it can be placed on the head when not in use. The second type is a swing bar with a curved felted back having an adjustable screw. If the clamp isn't tightened properly, it will cause the strings to buzz. The third type is a bar with an elastic strap which goes around the back of the neck with several holes to tighten the bar. If the tension isn't right, the strings will buzz. I prefer the spring tension type because it is a positive lock on the fret and very easy to move or remove. All manufacturers recommend placing the capo as close to the desired fret as possible, but I prefer to keep the capo back a little, ( as long as it doesn't put the guitar out of tune), because some chords such as a B7th can be difficult to finger if the capo is against the fret. It sounds as if you have a tension problem. The main purpose for the capo is that some chords are easier to play in the capoed position. It can also be used to play harmony chords, or chords in a higher octave. I hope thi helps with your problem. I am a fragment of my imagination #endquote#
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