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Capo Songs

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fun to play, different keys, 10 different artists, honorable mentions, straight strumming, finger picking

the videos we chose aren't necessarily classic, or even by the "classic" lineups of certain bands, but they do; we tried to choose videos that show the capo'd guitar being played as often as possible.

"Hotel California," The Eagles
Capo 7 (main acoustic part that begins the song)

Played as if the song were in the key of E minor (the song's original key, according to Don Felder, as explained in the lesson video below). Sounds in B minor.

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"Aqualung," Jethro Tull
Capo 3 (acoustic guitar)

Played as if the song were in E minor. Sounds in G minor.

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"Wonderwall," Oasis
Capo 2

Played as if the song were in the key of E minor. Sounds in F# minor.

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"The Real Me," The Who
Capo 3

Played as if the song were in A. Sounds in C.

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"Here Comes the Sun," The Beatles
Capo 7
Played as if the song were in D. Sounds in A.

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"The Chain," Fleetwood Mac
Capo 2, drop-D tuning (studio version)

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"Free Fallin'," Tom Petty
Capo 1 main, low guitar part and second, higher guitar part (Played as if the song were in E. Sounds in F.)
Capo 3 third guitar part (Played as if the song were in D. Sounds in F.)

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"Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Green Day
Capo 1 (acoustic part)

Played as if the song were in E minor. Sounds in F minor.

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"Fire and Rain," James Taylor
Capo 3

Played as if the song were in the key of A. Sounds in C.

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"Don't Think Twice (It's All Right)," Bob Dylan
Capo 4

"Peaceful Easy Feeling," The Eagles
Capo 4 (Secondary acoustic guitar part. Played as if the song were in C. Sounds in E.)

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"No Sugar Tonight"
The Guess Who
Capo 4
Played as if the song were in D. Sounds in F#.

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"Folsom Prison Blues"
Johnny Cash
Capo 2
(Recording slowed down in the mastering process, lowering the pitch one quarter tone.)
Played as if the song were in E. Sounds in F#, one quarter tone flat.

"Norwegian Wood," The Beatles
capo 2
Played as if the song were in the key of D. Sounds in E.

"Cats in the Cradle," Harry Chapin
capo 8
Played as if the song were in the key of A. Sounds in F.

"Hey Jude"
The Beatles
Capo 1
Played as if the song were in E. Sounds in F.

"Michelle"
The Beatles
Capo 5
Played as if the song were in C minor/major. Sounds in F minor.major.

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"Thick As as Brick"
Jethro Tull
Capo 3 (acoustic guitar)
Played as if the song were in D. Sounds in F.

"Into the Mystic"
Van Morrison
Capo 3 (acoustic guitar)
Played as if the song were in C. Sounds in Eb.

"Paint It, Black"
Rolling Stones
Capo 2 or 3 (main guitar part, played by Keith Richards, that begins the song)
Played as if the song were in D minor. Sounds halfway between E minor and F minor, possibly due to a manipulation of the tape speed in the mastering process or the instruments not being tuned to concert pitch.

"Landslide," Fleetwood Mac
Capo 3

Played as if the song were in the key of C. Sounds in Eb.

"Tangled Up in Blue," (I think there are two capo-ed guitars. I'll have to check the transcription) and
"Blowin' in the Wind," (capo 7)
"Your Song" (capo 3), "Never Goin' Back Again" (D A D G B E tuning, capo 4, according to Lindsey Buckingham, but I personally prefer to play it in C G D G B E tuning, capo 6)