Folky Fridays

Folky Fridays #25 – A first glance at partial capo techniques for Celtic / Irish backing guitar

In this week’s episode of Folky Fridays from Folk Friend, I’ll be giving you a first glance at partial capoing techniques you can use to get ethereal, tinkly chords with big ringing bass notes! These techniques all use a standard capo and can really enhance the range of cool chords you can get using standard chord shapes which you will already have used for Celtic guitar backing. I will be expanding on the topics covered in this free Celtic guitar lesson live stream in the forthcoming partial capo-ing video which will be up on the Folk Friend channel in about three weeks.

This video only requires a standard six-string capo. If you would like to buy one then please support the channel by buying one directly from my guitar shop, here.

I also used the 7th fret partial capo technique in my arrangement of The Castle Jig, also commonly called Sean Ryan’s (E dorian). It appears in my book of fingerstyle arrangements of Irish tunes, Irish Tunes For Fingerstyle Guitar, available on the shop page of this site!

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If you would like a complete guide to folk backing on the guitar then you really need my book Backing Guitar Techniques For Traditional Celtic Music, which tells you all the music theory, strumming patterns, chord shapes and everything else you need to become a great backing guitarist and
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