How to Use a Partial Capo – Video Lesson

Kyser Shortcut Partial Capo BlackHere is a great lesson from Lisa McCormick with GuitarTricks.Com on how to use a partial capo. If you aren’t familiar with guitar capos yet, they are simple little tools that you clamp onto your guitar, across the strings, that change the key. With a normal 6 string capo, you are limited, because you have to place the capo across all six strings.  With the partial capo featured in the video below, things get a lot more interesting. You have the ability to clamp the capo down on only three strings at a time, leaving the rest of the string open.  The result is a very interesting and unique sound without having to manually change the tuning of your strings.

Guitar Tricks 67: Partial Capo

A big thanks to the folks over at for sharing this lesson.   Guitar Tricks is one of the most popular sites for online video guitar lessons. What sets them apart from the rest is their curriculum of 1500 video tutorial, that starts from the very beginning from “How Do I Hold a Pick?” to advanced courses that cover blues, rock and country. Read more about GuitarTricks.Com Here.

More Great Videos that Use a Partial Capo

Below is a small collection of some other great video demonstrations that use a shortcut or partial capo.  I thought it would be interesting to see how other musicians are using this fantastic little tool.

Great Articles on Partial Capo Usage

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A Partial Capo Tutorial and an Introduction to Partial Capo Tablature Notation.