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Old 12-13-2017, 11:43 PM   #41
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Years ago, a jazz guitarist friend told me ,"Never play an open tone unless its for effect. When you play an open tone, you don't have control of the note." And that's all I have to say about that.
Good quote! I totally agree (often said the exact same thing to students), but of course it depends whether you want control of the note. Sometimes (rarely in jazz admittedly) you just want the open string.
It's a guitar thing, basically - the way you can form chords (or scale runs) combining open strings with high fretted notes. Jazz is not normally interested in those "guitaristic" things.
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Old 12-13-2017, 11:50 PM   #42
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Just for information's sake, the complete name for a Capo is Capo D'Astro, which translates to Top of the Head.
Actually - to be pedantic - it's capotasto:
"Capo" means both "top" and "head" (as well as "beginning", as in Da Capo).
"Tasto" has various meanings (including "key" and "touch") but is the word for "fretboard" in this case - often used as a classical guitar instruction, short for "sul tasto", to pick the strings over (or near) the fretboard for a softer sound (opposite to "pont", to pick them near the bridge).
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/capotasto
Shortened to "C", capo also means a barre in classical notation. Not "put a capo on".

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