A capo, or, rarely, capo tasto (from Italian capo, "head" and tasto, "tie or fret") is a device used on the neck of a stringed (typically fretted) instrument to shorten the playable length of the strings, hence raising the pitch. It is frequently used on guitars, mandolins, and banjos. G.B. Doni first used the term in his Annotazioni of 1640, though capo use likely began earlier in the 17th-century. Alternative terms are capo d'astro and capodastro, also Italian.
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... To gain the benefit of the DADGAD tuning and simplified chord positions the capo must be placed on the second fret, which results in the guitar being in E major pitch ... the user is required to use an additional regular standard capo two frets behind the cut capo to effectively raise the pitch of the guitar to different keys ... Recent products such as the Transpo Capo have attempted to solve these limitations by incorporating a patented double capo system ...
... Though most capos are designed to raise all of the strings of an instrument, there are niche designs called partial capos which specifically capo only some of the strings of an instrument ... A common example is a capo that covers the top five strings of a guitar leaving the bass E string uncapoed ... In fact, these are often marketed as "drop D capos" ...
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