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RafterGirl
02-14-2018, 10:00 AM
I generally don't play with a capo often. I did when I first started to play, but then learned a little about transposing. Now that I'm playing with my church band, there are some songs that just work better with a capo. If I can comfortably transpose I always do. If transposing a song makes my head hurt and leaves me with difficult chords to play, then I'll use the capo. Depending on the order of the songs in the service, I sometimes have to switch back & forth with the capo on the fly. I did get a tuner pedal so I can mute my output and put the capo on & off quietly.

Right now I use a Kyser ukulele capo. All in all it's easy on & off and works decently well. But as with most capos, it sure gets in the way. Does anyone have a capo suggestion that's easy on & off and not as much in the way? Has anyone used a Thalia capo? They are pricey, but seem smoother across the frets and not as much in the way.

Uke Don
02-14-2018, 10:40 AM
I don't recommend Thalia. Great to look at, but they are large and heavy and designed for guitar. I was on the original crowd funding run with Thalia and the original is even heavier than the current model. It's in a closet somewhere. D'Addario's ukulele specific model is small and very light and stays out of your way, but it uses a screw mechanism to tighten so it won't be that fast. Maybe someone knows about one as small and light that is the spring type.

Jim Hanks
02-14-2018, 01:12 PM
I like the Shubb : http://www.shubb.com/m/uke_m.html

It has a screw to adjust for different size neck thicknesses so it does take a little time to get it adjusted but after that, on and off is pretty easy. So unless you're switching ukes a lot, it works well.

Jarmo_S
02-14-2018, 11:34 PM
Raftergirl, you are on the right track with able to transpose to another key. I suggest using degrees of chords to a key :)

Still a capo is a quick fix when some chords are only known to that key or want to transpose higher. Some voicings too, but much less than with a guitar.
I have a Shubb guitar capo. It is so heavy, I guess the aluminium one would work better. Shubb is anyways much better than that Thalia you were considering.
Most likely some slim and light plastic capo as has been mentioned is your best one.

Or just learn the chords needed for play without. Ukulele and capo are not as much friends as the guitar is with it:)
With guitar one needs to learn, by heart some good capo positions, like to me was the 3rd. I have now forgotten most I learned. But it was with that knowledge to able to play those flat keys.

bsfloyd
02-15-2018, 01:12 AM
I always preferred the Dunlop Trigger over the Kyser capo when I use them for guitar. I just never liked the spring arms on the top side of the neck with the Kyser. Though the Dunlop still has the spring arms, they are on the bottom side of the neck - which I find more comfortable. On a ukulele, I have no experience with capos so this all could be moot.

RafterGirl
02-15-2018, 01:37 AM
I really like the (D'Addario) Planet Waves NS uke capo, the one Uke Don mentioned: quite low profile, for minimal hand interference.
GString now makes an ultra-light, very low profile plastic uke capo which I believe snaps on and off. It gets good reviews, but last time I checked, it was a bit pricey.
The G7th looks like it might work well, but they are very hard to find. Elderly carries them for around $12 but they are currently on backorder. The only other place I can find them is Reverb, but it would be coming from Australia for almost $50.

Signalsdrone
02-15-2018, 02:18 AM
I use a capo when the guitarists get theirs out.

I have one that's for a mandolin and it works fine on sopranos - tenors.

olphart
02-15-2018, 02:44 AM
I've been really happy with the G7th ultralight capo. Very small and it doesn't get in the way. Once the tension is adjusted, it's no biggie to slide it down or up
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RafterGirl
02-15-2018, 07:32 AM
I've been really happy with the G7th ultralight capo. Very small and it doesn't get in the way. Once the tension is adjusted, it's no biggie to slide it down or up
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Thanks for the thumbs up on it. Where did you get yours from. As soon as Elderly has them in stock I will order one. I’ll need a capo for one song this coming Sunday. Transposing leaves me with all sharps on one song.

Uke Don
02-15-2018, 07:49 AM
Try Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Light-Banjo-Capo-Black/dp/B071GNKX5B/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1518720503&sr=8-4&keywords=G7th+ultralight+capo..

RafterGirl
02-15-2018, 08:12 AM
Try Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Light-Banjo-Capo-Black/dp/B071GNKX5B/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1518720503&sr=8-4&keywords=G7th+ultralight+capo..
I saw that one but it’s a steel string guitar capo. I’m not sure it’s the same as the ukulele capo?

Uke Don
02-15-2018, 09:51 AM
Amazon lists several, but this one is titled G7th Ultra Light Banjo Uke Capo Black. It looks to be the small one. G7TH doesn't call any ultralight a Banjo capo though, so it might not be the right one.

RafterGirl
02-15-2018, 10:34 AM
Amazon lists several, but this one is titled G7th Ultra Light Banjo Uke Capo Black. It looks to be the small one. G7TH doesn't call any ultralight a Banjo capo though, so it might not be the right one.

I think that may be the right one. Still kind of pricey, but if it works then it’s money well spent. I’ll report back.

greenie44
02-15-2018, 11:15 AM
I like the Shubb : http://www.shubb.com/m/uke_m.html

It has a screw to adjust for different size neck thicknesses so it does take a little time to get it adjusted but after that, on and off is pretty easy. So unless you're switching ukes a lot, it works well.

+1 on the Shubb. I have one and like it a lot. Seems to have good pressure so I can use it up near the top of the fretspace, giving me more room for my fingers.

RafterGirl
02-15-2018, 01:07 PM
I was able to find the G7th ukulele capo on Amazon for $17.00 with free shipping. I think my problem with trying to find it earlier was that it's listed as a banjo, uke capo, not just a ukulele capo. I will report back on how it works out. It received a very good review by Barry Maz on Got A Ukulele.

Jim Yates
02-15-2018, 02:00 PM
I use a D'Adderio Planet Waves on my banjo. It's small, light and adjustable. It's really important to me to have a capo that is adjustable. Spring loaded capos like the Keyser or Dunlop Trigger seem to push the strings right down to the fretboard and pull the instrument out of tune. I've never tried a capo on my uke, but with banjos and guitars, I tighten the adjustable capos just enough to stop the strings from buzzing.
Since the ukulele is such a small instrument, it's nice that the Planet Waves capo is really light as well, and since no capo makes your instrument look better, being black and small, it's fairly unobtrusive.
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DPO
02-15-2018, 02:11 PM
I use a D'Adderio Planet Waves on my banjo. It's small, light and adjustable. It's really important to me to have a capo that is adjustable. Spring loaded capos like the Keyser or Dunlop Trigger seem to push the strings right down to the fretboard and pull the instrument out of tune. I've never tried a capo on my uke, but with banjos and guitars, I tighten the adjustable capos just enough to stop the strings from buzzing.
Since the ukulele is such a small instrument, it's nice that the Planet Waves capo is really light as well, and since no capo makes your instrument look better, being black and small, it's fairly unobtrusive.
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I use this one. Simply the best uke capo on the market. I tried the plastic fantastic, ended up in the rubbish.

Hakugyu
02-16-2018, 09:46 AM
I'll lend another endorsement to the G7th capo. I originally bought mine for banjo, but it works well on my ukes also.

DownUpDave
02-16-2018, 11:07 AM
Raftergirl I will be very interested in your opinion and comparison of the G7 capo to the Kyser. I have a few capos and I actually like the Kyser best. The reason being is the arm at the back contacting the neck is slimmer and flatter then anything else out there. This coupled with a slim front top section makes chords like E7 still easy to play, see pictures.

People that dismiss the Kyser usually do so based on looks without actually trying it. Plus it clips on to the headstock so you can be cool looking like all the old folk musicians :music:

I am ready to buy the G7 if you say it is better and easier to use then the Kyser.

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RafterGirl
02-16-2018, 07:00 PM
Raftergirl I will be very interested in your opinion and comparison of the G7 capo to the Kyser. I have a few capos and I actually like the Kyser best. The reason being is the arm at the back contacting the neck is slimmer and flatter then anything else out there. This coupled with a slim front top section makes chords like E7 still easy to play, see pictures.

People that dismiss the Kyser usually do so based on looks without actually trying it. Plus it clips on to the headstock so you can be cool looking like all the old folk musicians :music:

I am ready to buy the G7 if you say it is better and easier to use then the Kyser.

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Your third picture demonstrates the issue I'm having with the Kyser. It pokes into the fleshy part of my left (fretting) hand just below my index finger. The song I'm using it for this Sunday is capo 2, with an F#m, D, E7 progression where I notice it a lot. I also can't seem to get a consistent positioning with the Kyser when I have to put it on quickly while performing. I'm using it on my Loprinzi that has the very slim neck. I used this capo a fair amount when I first started playing & it didn't seem to bug me like it does now.

bunnyf
02-16-2018, 11:50 PM
Don't know which G7 you ordered but I like the Performance one, not the screw on one. Easy on off, one handed operation. I use the uke/banjo model.

RafterGirl
02-17-2018, 03:46 AM
I ordered this one....

Tootler
02-17-2018, 04:43 AM
Missed this thread earlier. I've tried several and my preferred is the planet waves NS mini capo. I have tried the G7th and while I think you will be fine with it and it is lighter than the planet waves, I find the planet waves works better and is actually less obtrusive. The Shubb is OKish but I find it still gets in the way.

Jim Yates
02-17-2018, 08:37 AM
Raftergirl I will be very interested in your opinion and comparison of the G7 capo to the Kyser. I have a few capos and I actually like the Kyser best. The reason being is the arm at the back contacting the neck is slimmer and flatter then anything else out there. This coupled with a slim front top section makes chords like E7 still easy to play, see pictures.

People that dismiss the Kyser usually do so based on looks without actually trying it. Plus it clips on to the headstock so you can be cool looking like all the old folk musicians :music:

I am ready to buy the G7 if you say it is better and easier to use then the Kyser.

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Please, even if you do opt for the Keyser, don't clip it on the headstock when you're not using it. Capos look ugly enough on the fingerboard, but at least they're useful there. It does not look cool. When I'm not using it, I put my capos on my mc stand or in my pocket, or if it's a Paige, behind the nut, but not on the headstock.
The same goes for Snarks or other clip on tuners. Tune up, then get that thing off the headstock. Please clip your string ends and don't weave a pick in your strings or stick a cigarette under the strings on the headstock. It's bad enough with a plain headstock, but I've seen this done with a pearl inlaid headstock as well.

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RafterGirl
02-17-2018, 09:01 AM
Please, even if you do opt for the Keyser, don't clip it on the headstock when you're not using it. Capos look ugly enough on the fingerboard, but at least they're useful there. It does not look cool. When I'm not using it, I put my capos on my mc stand or in my pocket, or if it's a Paige, behind the nut, but not on the headstock.
The same goes for Snarks or other clip on tuners. Tune up, then get that thing off the headstock. Please clip your string ends and don't weave a pick in your strings or stick a cigarette under the strings on the headstock. It's bad enough with a plain headstock, but I've seen this done with a pearl inlaid headstock as well.

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No worries. I don't ever leave my tuner or a capo on the head stock.

RafterGirl
02-23-2018, 04:47 PM
I got the G7th capo today. Very light and much lower profile than the Kyser. Not super quick and easy to put on and take off. Also a little tricky to get the tension right. I will be using it mostly on my Loprinzi with a really slim neck which makes it even harder to adjust the tension. I will use it for awhile to see how it goes, but it’s not an instant hit.

librainian
02-23-2018, 07:07 PM
I'm a little late to the conversation here but you mentioned Thalia capos. I'm a fan of them and recently bought some b-stock on sale. I use capos quite a bit on guitar and I bought them primarily for that but i also gave them a go on my ukes.

First, they are large and look enormous on the neck, BUT The thicker pads work perfectly for ukulele strings. Using the right insert allows you to place the capo between the frets instead of close to it. This actually works better for me than the typical Schubb uke capo. I can move up and down the neck and the intonation is affected much less than any other capo I have ever used.

You would think that the Schubb being so small on top would be more comfortable but I find it rarely fits my uke necks without using so much tension that it screws up the intonation. The single point of contact on the back and the lever mechanism give it has a tendancy to slip off at an angle, or worse, pop loose as I'm playing. I also have radius fretboard ukes and most uke sized capos assume a flat fretboard and simply don't work. I can't use my Schubb on my Mya Moe baritone at all.

The thalia is actually a very versatile capo and works great if you can get past the size and the higher price. Because it can be placed further behind the fret it actually is less in the way for me than other, smaller capos.

LimousinLil
02-23-2018, 09:24 PM
That's interesting, Andrew! I was trying to play something yesterday using a uke capo and couldn't because having the capo so close to the fret meant that I couldn't make the chord properly as the capo got in the way. Ended up changing the key. The Thalia capos sound like a good alternative, but I know they are pricey.

DownUpDave
02-23-2018, 11:42 PM
I got the G7th capo today. Very light and much lower profile than the Kyser. Not super quick and easy to put on and take off. Also a little tricky to get the tension right. I will be using it mostly on my Loprinzi with a really slim neck which makes it even harder to adjust the tension. I will use it for awhile to see how it goes, but it’s not an instant hit.

After Bazmaz's review I was investigating the G7 ultralight and I had the gut feeling it might be finicky and not so quick to put on take off. Hopefully with a little practice it works better for you. One truism in life is sometimes you just have to pay your money and take your chances to find out if something will actually work for you. Oh well........cheaper experiment than a new uke. Been there done that:p

RafterGirl
02-24-2018, 12:44 AM
I give it some more time before trying another brand. I prefer not to use a capo at all and will transpose when needed. But some of the songs we do for my church band are much easier with a capo than transposing. It's a good tool to have when needed and I want to find one that's most comfortable.

kissing
02-25-2018, 03:59 AM
Gee people have a lot of patience.

For me, any capo that is not a simple clip-n-play type is a pain.

Why wrap, or screw, etc when you can simply clip onto the instrument and play?


My favourite capo for ukulele is this simple clip spring type here:
https://www.ukulele.de/shop4/de/ukulelen-kapodaster-metall?x9d982=62a2fec56ad9e3324743dea7e7b60630


If you're stuck with guitar capo's, best to use one designed for Classical guitar.
It might be a bit big, but it will handle the ukulele's flat fretboard (unless you have a fancy uke with a radius)