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    Hello there!
    Been awhile since I have posted. I have finally ventured into the realm of teaching myself songs. I found the chords for Go Cubs Go on ultimate guitar and it says the guitar is capo'd at the 5th fret. The chords are G, C, and D. Would I use those chords on ukulele or does the capo mean I need to transpose or anything? Im sure this is a tongue in cheek question, but I AM a beginner. ;P Thanks in advance!

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    Go Cubs!

    It depends. Sometimes they give you the chords post-transposition, other times they're pre-transposition. Usually they will tell you, but sometimes they won't. If they don't tell you, assume the chords are pre-transposition, and you'll have to transpose it yourself.

    In your case, it looks like you'll have to transpose them yourself. I took a look. I don't have time to explain the process, but instead of G, C, and D, you'll play C, F, and G.

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    Awesome! Sh-shoot! Thanks Seeso! Been looking up songs lately and that's the first time I've run into a "capo." I'm still working on Ukulele 102 & 103 and can't wait to really get into Theory.

    Go Cubbies!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by airmanfoote View Post
    Awesome! Sh-shoot! Thanks Seeso! Been looking up songs lately and that's the first time I've run into a "capo." I'm still working on Ukulele 102 & 103 and can't wait to really get into Theory.

    Go Cubbies!!!!
    We are turning it on in the second half of the season! YEAH!

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    Heck yea!!!! Ever since Valbuena and Rizzo got the call up they have been RED HOT! That's why I need to learn this song ASAP! ;P

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    Any chord is the same regardless of the instrument it is played on. A chord is a group of notes being played together, don't mess this up with the finger positions you need to achive this result.
    A C chord on a guitar consists of the same notes like a C chord on any ukulele, just the fingering is different: Guitar 032010, Uke (C-tuning) 0003, Uke (D-tuning) 3211

    Adding a capo and moving the finger patterns up the fretboard adds complexity though: you use a C fingerpattern, but actually you play another chord (soundwise).

    Don't confuse fingerings with actual chords......

    Uke example (C-tuning): 3211 = Bb. Move it up one fret (or put a capo in fret 1) to 4322 and you play B. Same fingerpattern, different chord. Move it up another fret (5433) and you play a C.
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    Hey Louis!
    I understand that chords are chords. I just don't really understand what a capo does, theory wise, I suppose. I wasn't sure if the capo changed the key or anything. Thanks for the detailed response, but after Seeso adjusted those chords for the song I posted, reading your reply has kind of confused me about the capo. Haha!!

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    Hi airmanfoote,
    the capo basically tunes your uke higher one half tone per fret, that's all. And together with the overall tuning, all fingerpatterns are "shifted up" as well. So a C fingerpattern (0003 from nut/zero fret) without fret plays a C chord. With capo in 2nd fret it plays (2225 from nut, 0003 from capo) a D chord.
    Sounds confusing, but in fact isn't (more maths than music...) that much....

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    Makala MK-S (Baton Rouge SU-BW)
    Kala SSTU-FMCP (ukuMele FC)
    Makala Waterman (ukuMele)
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    Flight TUS50 (ukuMele)
    Flea M-42 (Worth CM-LG)
    Koa Pili Koko Acacia (Aquila CGDA)
    Big Island KTO-CT (ukuMele)
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    Ok. I THINK I'm picking up what you are putting down. I still haven't dove into theory much but it is definetly the one thing I'm looking foward to learning. Really just want to "master" this instrument!

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    And again, thank you!

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