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