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Step 6: Pencil-Rubberband Capo

Picture of Pencil-Rubberband Capo
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Here's a simple Capo you can make anywhere.
Add more rubberbands or get thicker ones if it doesn't press hard enough.
If your neck has no crown (totally flat) and the thick strings keep it off the thin ones, rub it lengthwise on the strings. The wound thick strings will wear into it and it'll hold all the strings down.

If your neck has some crown (transverse curve) just whittle on the pencil til it has the shape you need.

Earl Scruggs originally used this type of capo. source: "Earl Scruggs and the 5-String Banjo"
 
Ed22611 days ago

"This here man is such a sap, he won't hold you om his his lap, unless you are an old five string banjo!" Lester Flatt - Retort to "Earl Scruggs and the 5 string banjo" in "Pearl".

What kind of crazy tuning are you using, haha