2・Capo & Transposing

This page explains how to use the Capo and Transposition settings in MySongbook.

Here we describe 3 different times that a musician will want to use a Capo or transpose a song.

MySongbook can easily handle all of these options. Understanding these details is especially important when playing with others in a specific Key.


  1. Add Capo, keep the Song Key the same. Here to keep the key the same different fingerings (chords) will be shown.
  2. Transpose to new Key. This changes the displayed chords to the new key.
  3. Add Capo, but keep the fingerings (chords) the same. This is, in fact, also a transposition. Because the Key will change.

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Description of Options
Capo is added at 2nd fret. To keep the Key the same, the C chord be place as a Bb and the D played as a C.

Here we want the song transposed from its original Key of C to D. Capo is not used. Rather than playing a C, a D is played. Similarly, for the D and E is played.

In the third example, we want the chord fingerings to remain the same, but use a capo to transpose the song up. This is different than #1 where the Key remained the same. Here the Capo is being used to transpose the song. MySongbook cannot differentiate between this and #1, so we must also specify the Transposed Key.*

In the latest version of MySongbook, these differences are directly supported allowing you to specific what effects you want to have with the Capo: Same musical Key, or Same Chord Fingering