How To Use a Shortcut Capo – Beginner Acoustic Guitar Lesson

Here is a six part video guitar lessons on how to use Shortcut Capo (Also known as a Partial Capo) from Randall Williams, who is an instructor over at Jamplay yet?  Shame on you!

JamPlay is a membership only service which broadcasts high-definition video guitar lessons. They teach by “lesson set” instead of just flopping out a ton of small video clips. They start with the very basics like tuning your guitar, finger placement, and basic chords, and move on to finger-picking, palm muting, hammer ons, pull offs, and many more advanced topics as you progress through the lessons. When you have time, I highly recommend you check them out!  Click here to visit JamPlay now!

Back to this lesson on using a Shortcut Capo. In these video lessons, Randall introduces us to this really cool tool and also demonstrates how to play several chords. He also shows us how to play a really cool song by The Beach Boys using just three very simple chords.

This lesson is perfect for the absolute beginner or for those of you who just want to try something fresh and new.

Essentially, a Shortcut Capo is a partial capo, meaning it is shorter than your average capo. It is only meant to cover three strings at a time:  The 5th, 4th and 3rd strings to be exact, leaving the High E, B and Low E strings open.  This creates a beautiful sound that you will hear Randall talk about in the videos below.

If you do not currently have a shortcut capo, you can buy one online.  They are very affordable.  Scroll down past the video below to purchase one from Amazon.


  1. ray says

    or you could use a SpiderCapo! Lets you target individual strings. All the abilities of a short capo, plus much more

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