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Jonny8040 - Posted - 12/16/2019:  06:55:38

Hey everybody!
I am needing help with a song. The link is at the bottom. The song starts in Bb and then goes to B. You can hear the change in the song from 1:05 - 1:15 The problem is how to change without moving my capo. I'd like to keep capoed at B since most of the song is in B. So I guess my question is how to I play a Bb in capo 4th fret. Any input is greatly appreciated!

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In Jesus,

Tony O Rourke - Posted - 12/16/2019:  20:49:44

You would have to use chords that are a semitone lower than the chords you use in B. So if you are capoed at 4 and playing in B you would be using G, C, and D. To play the song in Bb capo 4 you would use F#, B, and C#. A bit awkward but not impossible............

Texasbanjo - Posted - 12/17/2019:  04:53:26

Play uncapoed, then you can change from Bb to B by using the appropriate chords. Not real easy to do, but can be done and is definitely a learning experience.

ytterbium - Posted - 04/21/2020:  03:50:06

Both the singers and the song are inspirational. Such a stress reliever.

Dick Hauser - Posted - 08/05/2020:  08:19:38

If you are playing rhythm, you can use barre chords. Going from B to Bb is just a matter of "dropping down" one fret.

If I were taking a break in the keys of B and/or Bb, I would play "higher up" on the fingerboard. No open strings, so the break is transferable and could be used for most commonly used keys.
Doing that would make it easier to play some of the notes in the key of Bb.

When I learn a tune, I try to learn the tune "down" the neck in the first position. Then I learn to play the tunes "higher" up the neck. Basically, all I do is learn to play different keys at those different higher fret positions. This accomplishes several things -

1. Playing music in the first position helps memorize note/scale positions.
2. Playing the tune up the neck provides 2 arrangements of a tune. This comes in handy if you are the only person taking a "break".
3. Does "wonders" for familiarizing a person with the fingerboard. In fact approaches like this are used by some fingerboard familiarization instructionals.

Every day I play 3 tunes in different keys at different positions on the neck. I play each tune just once or twice. Over time you become much more familiar with the fingerboard. And this improves your ability to improvise. I play the scale a few tunes, then start playing the tune.
Slow going at first, but you keep getting better and better.

Dick Hauser - Posted - 08/05/2020:  08:23:03

I flatpick fiddle tunes all the time. I am trying to come up with a list of vocals to practice. I don't sing, but it would enable to work on my rhythm and play "breaks" for the tunes. In case I ever have the opportunity to play with someone other than "Band in a Box".

mmuussiiccaall - Posted - 10/31/2020:  10:30:20

Tune down so you play out of B and C, no capo ever.

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