Watch the Capo Di Tutti Capi online guitar lesson by Matthieu Brandt from Songwriting on Guitar

Any songwriter who uses his guitar as a tool, should have a good understanding for what the capo can do for him/her.
The capo serves three purposes:
- to raise the pitch of the strings to accomodate the vocal range of the singer
- to change the chord grips used in a song and in that way avoid playing too many bar chords and makng it possible to use certain chord tricks
- and to use open strings for your guitar hooks

For some reason use of the Capo (a.k.a. the 'Cheater') is frowned upon by some players/writers.They're overlooking and disregarding the enormous advantages this little instrument can bring a player and a composer. The Capo can enhance the options a writer has, although it often takes some puzzling to make the most of its capacity.