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Re: OMG OT: Harmonic Capo
Just got mine today and am enjoying it greatly.
Thanks for posting about this.
I might not have heard about it otherwise.
I don't subscribe to any music magazines anymore.
So it's not too likely that I would have know of this devices existence.
It only fits and works on 2 of my guitars (my resonator and my
Al of the other have too low of action.
But I just spent the last hour plucking away quite happily on the Reso.
PS). Bob's music isn't too bad either (got the package that included
the CDs as well.
On Apr 1, 2011, at 3:54 AM, Rick Walker wrote:
> Hey all you looping guitar players, my wife just gave me the coolest
> fucking late Christmas present
> that I've ever received: It's going to have a huge impact on some
> of my guitar playing.
> It's called the Harmonic Capo (made by Bob Kilgore:
> It is a capo that you place on the 12th fret of an electric guitar
> that has 6 individual
> rubber stoppers whose height (and width) from above the fretboard
> can be individually adjusted.
> Essentially, what it does is play continual 12th fret Barre chord
> Now, that is pretty cool by itself, but the truly groovy addition to
> this concept is that it is designed so that if you actually fret any
> string either
> in back or in front of the capo, the strength height is lowered
> enough so that the harmonic action
> of the capo is disengaged and a normal note sounds (allowing for
> normal melodies and/or chords to be played)
> What is so infinitely cool (at least to me who is not a guitarist
> but plays one on TV)
> is that you can tune the guitar like a zither........in other
> words, you can tune to 6 scalar
> notes (or your hearts content) and always be able to play harmonics
> in this scale whilst
> simultaneously playing leads as you strum or arpeggiate the harmonics.
> I set it up on my Fretless Strat tonight and just tuned my guitar to
> an interesting Arabic Maqam
> and then could alternate between playing bass lines on the lowest
> string (tonic) and melodies
> on all the other strings.
> Just goofing around with my M9 earlier tonight, I was able to use
> double and half speeds to create three octaves of harmonic parts
> and then solo over the resultant chimey 'soup' With all the
> harmonics singing, I was able to play my fretless guitar with my
> eyes closed,
> sliding in and out of consonance..........it's a really beautiful
> My wife is amazing and I'm so happy that we had to wait to give each
> other Christmas months later than normal.
> Woohoooo!!!! I'm psyced!
> rick walker