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Violin Capo
« on: Jan 15, 2006, 11:51:09 PM »
Has anyone ever seen a violin capo? I've been experimenting with some electric viloin techniques and have been trying to imitate some of my favorite guitar solos and I found that some of the fingerings and harmonics would be immensely easier if I had a capo. I tried a guitar capo but the violin fingerboard is too curved. Any suggestions?

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Re: Violin Capo
« Reply #1 on: Jan 16, 2006, 12:22:36 AM »
duck tape?  a big rubber band?

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Re: Violin Capo
« Reply #2 on: Jan 16, 2006, 12:51:01 AM »
Nylon monofilament fishing line, tied around the neck under the strings. It won't be the quickest thing to put on, so in live performance you might need a backup instrument for each capo placement, or use just one placement, do the capo numbers first, then slice it off for the rest.

Diameter will be interesting to choose, depending on how high your action is set, and how far up the neck you want to go. For going up a half-tone or three, you might get away with 20 pound line. It will raise the action at the nut end, but we all have to suffer for our art.

Can you tell I'm home taking a sick day, with not many distractions, and a low-grade fever? I deny that I'm delirious or delusional. I haven't tried this, but I don't think it'll do any harm, unless you're careless with the X-Acto knife slicing it off. ;D
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Re: Violin Capo
« Reply #3 on: Jan 16, 2006, 01:38:03 AM »
Can you tell I'm home taking a sick day, with not many distractions, and a low-grade fever? I deny that I'm delirious or delusional. I haven't tried this, but I don't think it'll do any harm, unless you're careless with the X-Acto knife slicing it off. ;D
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Re: Violin Capo
« Reply #4 on: Jan 16, 2006, 10:25:58 AM »
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Has anyone ever seen a violin capo?

My local music shop sell violin capos. I've never tried one, nor am I likely too. Like I said on another thread somewhere, I believe in making things as easy as possible for myself, but a capo on a fiddle is a step too far for me!

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Re: Violin Capo
« Reply #5 on: Jan 16, 2006, 06:00:06 PM »
Got a link?  I'd love to look at them, and maybe try them.

Doubt I would ever use them, only thing I ever transpose on a regular basis is hymns, and those are easy.

Well, occasionally opera, if somebody is sick or something.  But still, I'd just like to fool around with one.

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Re: Violin Capo
« Reply #6 on: Jan 16, 2006, 11:06:54 PM »
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Got a link?  I'd love to look at them, and maybe try them.

Here's a link, but the capos aren't on.

http://www.promenademusic.co.uk/

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Re: Violin Capo
« Reply #7 on: Jan 17, 2006, 11:34:01 AM »
Got a link?  I'd love to look at them, and maybe try them.

Doubt I would ever use them, only thing I ever transpose on a regular basis is hymns, and those are easy.

Well, occasionally opera, if somebody is sick or something.  But still, I'd just like to fool around with one.

Hi,

if you gathered information, please post it here, I am very interested in a fiddle capo. I have tried to modify guitar capos but not very successful. Also tried a toothpick under the strings. Solution for me at the moment: have a second fiddle with me at the session that is tuned for those strange pipe tunes or when that singer puts a capo on the first frat of his guitar ...

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Holger

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Re: Violin Capo
« Reply #8 on: Jan 17, 2006, 11:41:08 AM »
A second fiddle looks so professional.   It really puzzles the uninitiated too.......

 




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