How To Use a Shortcut Capo – Beginner Acoustic Guitar Lesson

Here are two awesome video guitar lessons on using a Shortcut Capo (Also known as a Partial Capo) from Randall Williams, who is an instructor over at JamPlay. Not familiar with 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.

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.

I am quite familiar with a regular 6 string guitar capo as I use one all the time.  They are wonderful tools that instantly change the key of your guitar, but I never used a Shortcut-Capo before. I will be picking one up shortly!  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 full sound that you will hear Randall talk about in the videos below.  If you do not currently own a Shortcut capo and would like to buy one, scroll down past the videos for a link to where you can purchase one online.

Kyser Short Cut 3-String Acoustic Guitar Capo Black

Kyser Short Cut 3-String Acoustic Guitar Capo Black

Use on any three adjacent strings to instantly create a variety of open and alternative tunings.The Kyser Short-Cut 3-string acoustic guitar capo is engineered with the same durability and ease of use as Kyser’s original Quick-Change capo, but made for the creative artist who enjoys virtually unlimited tuning.


  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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