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Of the many dumb macho things about guitarists, one of the dumbest is the plurality hatred of capos and alternate tunings. One friend I left behind because he’s a toxic bigoted asshole used to say “gay-po”. Another friend I’m very close with and is a much better musician than I’ll ever be thinks capos and alternate tunings are lazy.
I do understand why people think like this. They’re wrong, but I understand it. For some, like the first guy, it’s just meatheaded stubbornness. “Oh, you’re too weak to play a barre chord higher on the neck so you use a capo to play open chords.” For others, like the second guy, it’s presentation of the instrument “well this is how it’s tuned and so you just work around that and it is what it is.” But that’s not how the guitar developed and it’s certainly not how rock developed or how it’s played.
Yer basic capo is a movable nut. It’s a clamp. That’s it. And yes, you can use it to move open chords up to the key of the song you’re playing and play anything you want incorrectly. However, you can also use it to move the song into the key you’re singing in. So if you want to play Norwegian Wood like it is on Rubber Soul, then you’re stuck with a capo on the 2nd fret, because that’s where it’s played. I might actually take the capo off for that song, because my voice sounds better in D.
One thing I really like to do is play a D major 9 chord in a C shape at the 5th fret. But instead of barring my first finger on the second fret to close the chord, I keep it open so the G and high E strings ring out. 15 years ago, I wrote a song in a post-punk band that sounded best in G. So I capo’d at the 3rd fret. And I’d slide that C shape to go from Eb major to F maj 9. It’s a cool sound and fills out the space, which is important in a guitar-bass-drums-singer kinda band.
The band kept playing the song after I left, largely out of anxiety fueled rage/assholishness, that likely had little to do with the people in the band. Anyway, there were two guitarists they played with afterwards that could never play it right. Because they wouldn’t use a capo. One guy said the chord was wrong because it “went against music theory”. I got that hilarious story from the bassist. The other guy played everything as power chords. So of course, when we had a reunion, I dedicated the song to all the guitarists that had been in the band, and couldn’t play it. (Hey, I’ve never claimed through any of this I’m not an asshole.)
Sometimes I use capos just to find the right tonality. Maybe a song sounds better capod on the 4th fret? Who knows? Let’s figure it out. They’re really great writing tools.
Another great writing tool is alternate tunings. Like with capos, people don’t like them because they think it’s the easy way out. Tune your low E string down to D and “play one finger slam chords”. That was a fun argument on guitar forums. Or, keep going. Tune the A string down to G and the high E string down to D, and you’re in Open G. Now you can play 20 Rolling Stones tunes that just don’t sound right in standard tuning. Yeah, you could play in standard tuning and only play the inside three strings, but that’s actually the cheater method that doesn’t sound right. You can also play slide. One of my favorite open tunings is Open C. CGCGCE. It’s super heavy and puts the third on the high E string, so it retains a brightness I like.
Lately, I’ve been playing a lot in Dropped D. On Norwegian Wood, it opens up the droning ringiness of the guitar, which is something I like playing solo acoustic. That tends to translate into the electric bands I’m in because I’m usually the only guitarist. I can always modify it if I need to.
A couple of weeks ago, I was focused on learning “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden. That song was recorded in Dropped D#. So the whole guitar was tuned up a half step, and then the sixth string tuned down a step. Super weird. Now I can either completely retune my guitar or I can tune to Dropped D and stick a capo on the first fret. So I did that because there’s no actual difference except the fretmarkers are off, and you’re not supposed to rely on those either. Anyway, it’s a really great song not only for learning about Dropped D, but also the descending riff chromaticism is amazing. And it’s the perfect example of capos and alternate tunings working together.
Now I told you that story to tell you this one.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been watching a lot of the MusicTheoryforGuitar channel on YouTube. It’s this funny metal guy named Tommaso who’s mostly pimping his own method. I’m not interested in his guitar method because I certainly have enough of them rotting on my shelves. But I like his videos. The last one I watched was about the musicality of one note. It’s a simple idea. A C note in a C chord is the root. So it’s not going to have the same quality as the same C note as the major third in an G# major or the minor third in A minor. Cool stuff. Now how can I use it?
I wrote this riff I liked based on the video. I wrote down all the chords in the video and messed with them until I got something I liked. But trying to get everything to sound right with the droned C got complicated. I was playing chords on both the 5th and 6th string, and once I moved the C drone, it just didn’t sound cohesive. So I had an idea. Tune the B string up to C. That worked for a moment but made things complicated when I wanted to keep the drone on the 6th string A minor chord.
Then I remembered about my partial capo. I dunno when I got it. At least 10 years ago. Maybe longer. It’s called the Third Hand capo and appears to have been discontinued a few years ago. This one is different from “short-cut” capos because you can choose which strings you want to capo, instead of it just being a flat bar. The only thing on the market now that’s similar is the SpiderCapo, but I’ve never used it. Looks like if I ever lose this one that’s the one to get. Anyway, I got the idea to capo the C I’ve been droning, which is on the first fret of the B string. But that presented a problem for my F chord, because you can’t finger a note you’re not having the Third Hand press down on. So I dropped down to D and the F moved up. This also allowed me to consistently voice the other chords in the progression. So now I’ve got an alternate tuning and a weird capo and the song can’t be played without them.
That’s not cheating. That’s art. Now maybe I can write some lyrics that don’t suck. LOL.
you don’t love me for who i am, do you? you just love whatever i give you, the way i make you feel. this isn’t about me, is it? it’s about using me to make yourself feel better until you decide you’ve finally had enough of me
I don’t know why I allow myself to be put in a position where I let someone tell me when they wanna deal with me and when they don’t and be stupid enough to go along with it. 💔
Took a deep dive into social media and I feel horrible. It’s like I don’t know how to browse or use responsibly?
I overindulge and over analyze to the point where I’m left drained and an anxious mess.
Why does it feel like everyone is living their lives more fun than I am? Why does everyone look way more attractive than I do? Why did this person reply to this person’s photo, I thought they hated eachother? Whats real? Whats not? Blah blah blahhhhh.
Tumblr is about the only place I feel okay in terms of social media because I know literally 2 people irl. Geez.
Too much time, gotta step a few steps back ✌
You threw it all away
You’re just a big mistake
I wanna tell you to your face
You can break, you can shake
You can say what you want
Watch me walk away, walk away
- Michelle Branch, Living a Lie
Don’t stay in a toxic relationship for the sake of feelings, propriety, memories of how it use to be or dreams of how it should have been.
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Te quería, pero nos (me) está(ba)mos haciendo mal.
When will he ever notice me again?
via @/sorryabouttiswall on instagram
Maybe our relationship isn’t as crazy as it seems.. maybe that’s what happens when a tornado meets a volcano all i know is i love you too much to walk away now..
I really wish jungle wasn’t as stressful as it is. You need to keep a constant eye on objectives while farming and watching out for invades. And while I know it’s a pro not to have to CS and it makes it so much worse when laners are toxic because they died in lane when you could’ve ganked, but I’m two levels behind and flame is even Worse if I die attempting to gank. I love the champions that are played jungle, but I hate the amount of risk involved whenever I do anything.