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kiduke310
07-29-2009, 04:19 PM
if you're like me and bought a guitar capo that looks like this

http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x72/only1szetho/CapoC1.jpg

or are just very low on money, here is something i figured out today by looking at youtube (the answer to almost all of my problems)

first you need a fairly short shoelace (can be cut shorter later) a pencil (or pen, but the wood probably is a bit easier on the strings) and a ukulele or guitar.

http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x72/only1szetho/Photo74.jpg

then what you want to do is tie a solid knot near one end of the pencil/pen

http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x72/only1szetho/Photo77.jpg

after that, line it up on whatever fret you are supposed to capo

http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x72/only1szetho/Photo78.jpg

kiduke310
07-29-2009, 04:20 PM
from there, have one string go over the pencil, and the other go under, and wrap it around the neck of the uke/guitar like so

http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x72/only1szetho/Photo79.jpg

then tie the two strings together as you would a shoelace

http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x72/only1szetho/Photo80.jpg

continue to tie the shoelace to get the very manly bow of practicality.

http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x72/only1szetho/Photo81.jpg

you can cut the string to make the bow not as big, or just push it out of the way.

i realize this is a bit inconvenient as the pencil sometimes gets in the way, as well as the string, but its free basically if you have these things laying around, which i'd think most people do.

hope this helps some of you UU users.

:D

bumblemark
07-29-2009, 04:23 PM
HAHA
that's pretty tight!
clevR bro

built
07-29-2009, 04:25 PM
would it move up or down the neck as easy as a purchased capo?

kiduke310
07-29-2009, 04:26 PM
would it move up or down the neck as easy as a purchased capo?

you have to put it on whatever fret you want, and remove it and then re-tie it if you wanna move it. a bit more hastle, but FREE lol

ukulelearp
07-29-2009, 04:26 PM
would it move up or down the neck as easy as a purchased capo?

Probably not, but the point is that it's cheap, convenient, and accessible. On that note, I've used a guitar capo without much of a problem, aside from it being big and looking silly.

built
07-29-2009, 04:55 PM
Probably not, but the point is that it's cheap, convenient, and accessible. On that note, I've used a guitar capo without much of a problem, aside from it being big and looking silly.
imho... cheap and accessible, yes. convenient, not really.
big and looking silly - could it be a "wrong" capo purchased.
this would look ok and they are inexpensive.
http://www.jimdunlop.com/index.php?page=products/pip&id=81&pmh=products/capos

anyway,
somehow i think you missed my point. perhaps using rubber
band instead of shoe lace, the diy capo might move up or
down the neck with ease.

kiduke310
07-29-2009, 04:59 PM
LOL but the shoestring pencil capo is so much cooler!

you're from KL?! all my uncles and aunties lives in klang.

built
07-29-2009, 05:06 PM
a well tied ribbon on colorful shoe lace would be neat... lol.

klang, the bak-kut-teh town... what about you? migrated?

Trenchcoatangel
07-29-2009, 05:09 PM
lol, I feel like such a nerd, but I've totally done similar(couldn't find my capo). I actually took an old dead bic pen, took of the point and ink, cut the back end so it was just a teensy bit wider than my fretboard, laced the shoelace through the former pen and tied it around bag.

Yeah, I know it's sad I put WAY too much thought into that

kiduke310
07-29-2009, 05:13 PM
a well tied ribbon on colorful shoe lace would be neat... lol.

klang, the bak-kut-teh town... what about you? migrated?

my parents left way back, and i've lived in california all my life. i go back every two years or so though. i miss the food /:

kiduke310
07-29-2009, 05:18 PM
lol, I feel like such a nerd, but I've totally done similar(couldn't find my capo). I actually took an old dead bic pen, took of the point and ink, cut the back end so it was just a teensy bit wider than my fretboard, laced the shoelace through the former pen and tied it around bag.

Yeah, I know it's sad I put WAY too much thought into that

also a brilliant idea. that would probably be easier than this actually.

ukulelearp
07-29-2009, 05:23 PM
imho... cheap and accessible, yes. convenient, not really.
big and looking silly - could it be a "wrong" capo purchased.
this would look ok and they are inexpensive.
http://www.jimdunlop.com/index.php?page=products/pip&id=81&pmh=products/capos

anyway,
somehow i think you missed my point. perhaps using rubber
band instead of shoe lace, the diy capo might move up or
down the neck with ease.

Those are actually cool looking, I saw one earlier today for four dollars, but I left it because so far I haven't had any use or need for a capo on my ukulele.

built
07-29-2009, 05:34 PM
daniel szetho,
i feel you and other american in this forum are lucky. unlike here
in malaysia, ukes sold in music shops (that is if they do sell ukes)
are often limited to mahalo (only one model) or samick (also one
model).

uke choices are plentiful and they so much cheaper in the USA.

built
07-29-2009, 05:38 PM
Those are actually cool looking, I saw one earlier today for four dollars, but I left it because so far I haven't had any use or need for a capo on my ukulele.
one does not need a capo if one...
1. only do finger picking
2. have a wide vocal range.
3. knowledge in transpose chords

either one or all, i am very happy for you.

kiduke310
07-29-2009, 06:33 PM
daniel szetho,
i feel you and other american in this forum are lucky. unlike here
in malaysia, ukes sold in music shops (that is if they do sell ukes)
are often limited to mahalo (only one model) or samick (also one
model).

uke choices are plentiful and they so much cheaper in the USA.

LOL yeahh i guess we do take that for granted. i thought the selection in my store was limited, but you only have like two choices. that stinks. you could always order online, but thats super expensive as well. or maybe you'll get lucky and get deached or somethin LOL. i'm just super surprised someone's playin uke all the way in malaysia.

ukulelearp
07-29-2009, 06:37 PM
one does not need a capo if one...
1. only do finger picking
2. have a wide vocal range.
3. knowledge in transpose chords

either one or all, i am very happy for you.

Well I do a lot of fingerpicking. Aside from that, I sing terribly and have almost no knowledge in music theory. 1/3 isn't too bad right? But I do use my capo a lot on my guitar. Go figure.

built
07-29-2009, 07:42 PM
alec,
i am bad with stuff like "go figure"...
do you have any videos on your guitar playing on youtube?

EricStetson
07-29-2009, 07:46 PM
Home-made inventions for the win... :)

Down here wrapping up a music degree, it's sort of a status symbol among guitarists to not ever need a capo, and when I picked up the uke, I started learning the whole fretboard from the beginning...either because I'm that much of a theory geek or I wanted to look cool around the classical guitarists. What would be really helpful is a little button you could press that would make the "E" chord...prolly help a lot of us out.:p

ukulelearp
07-29-2009, 07:50 PM
alec,
i am bad with stuff like "go figure"...
do you have any videos on your guitar playing on youtube?


I don't, but I could probably make one soon enough....I'll do what's probably one of my favorite songs, Blackbird. Should I do a guitar or a ukulele?

built
07-29-2009, 07:56 PM
I don't, but I could probably make one soon enough....I'll do what's probably my favorite song, Here Comes the Sun. Should I do a guitar or a ukulele?
from your signature, the guitar... and the uke to follow.
yes, i am greedy. :D

and since we are on this thread, please use a capo... :p

edit : the song title changed. can i then have both songs on both instruments please?

ukulelearp
07-29-2009, 08:10 PM
from your signature, the guitar... and the uke to follow.
yes, i am greedy. :D

and since we are on this thread, please use a capo... :p

edit : the song title changed. can i then have both songs on both instruments please?



Ahh, sorrry, just recorded Blackbird without a capo. I'll record Here Comes the Sun with a capo in a little while. Here's Blackbird on guitar, go easy on me! It's my first video. Not great, but not too bad either I hope. Leave some constructive feedback, I'd like to hear it. In the meantime I'll record Here Comes the Sun on both guitar and uke!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qagJO6Y45UM

ukulelearp
07-29-2009, 08:30 PM
And Here Comes the Sun:
Ukulele, No Capo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y004OZO9zbs)

Let me know what you think!


I took down the guitar version because the audio was bad and it was way too dark.

built
07-29-2009, 08:33 PM
thanks, alec...
i am at work now... will leave feed back when i get home later.

ukulelearp
07-29-2009, 08:35 PM
Sorry they're so dark, there's terrible lighting in here and my webcam's default black and white setting didn't help. Maybe I'll post some better ones when I can figure out how to get it out of black and white.

HaileISela
07-29-2009, 10:38 PM
hehe, good ideas come to a lot of minds^^

http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?p=74311

SeanKy671
07-29-2009, 10:50 PM
Lol I would think it'd be easier to just tune it to the key you want..

Then again it might be harder to tune when the register gets a little higher haha
Are capos really that expensive??
I've been wanting to get one, but haven't got around to it. I have no idea how much they sell for.

I don't mean to offend the idea..
I think it's great actually. I'm just putting in my honest thoughts.

built
07-29-2009, 11:13 PM
Lol I would think it'd be easier to just tune it to the key you want..

Then again it might be harder to tune when the register gets a little higher haha
Are capos really that expensive??
I've been wanting to get one, but haven't got around to it. I have no idea how much they sell for.

I don't mean to offend the idea..
I think it's great actually. I'm just putting in my honest thoughts.
about $4 could get you a jim dunlop.

built
07-29-2009, 11:40 PM
great job alec...
i wish i can play as well as you do.

ukulelearp
07-30-2009, 05:31 AM
great job alec...
i wish i can play as well as you do.

Thanks, I appreciate it. I've only been playing for about a year, but you get better with practice. But some people here can still kick my butt, you might want to check out their videos for some real talent :D