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This is the current list of partial capo books. If you know of any others please let us know. We are now offering individual sheet music versions for sale of the songs in "Capo Inventions" and "Sleight of Hand."

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Capo Voodoo- BOOK 9

The Liberty FLIP Capo IDEA BOOK

(2014)

Harvey Reid

After researching all kinds of partial capos for decades, Harvey Reid has now developed the new Liberty FLIP capos that can clamp 6, 5, 4 or 3 strings on most guitars. The 2 volumes of this book will show how you can use them to do almost everything that matters in the partial capo universe. This is the definitive manual for these elegant new tools that belong in every guitar case.

 

 

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Capo Voodoo- BOOK 8

The BIG BOOK of Partial Capos

(2014)

Harvey Reid

An epic achievement, with all 7 Capo Voodoo books in one massive 600 page volume, plus even more ideas and features. Careful explanations of 174 ways to use all kinds of partial capos in 30 tunings, and the only exhaustive study of this poorly-understood idea. Every guitar is bursting with new resonances, fingerings, chords and music that only partial capos can reveal, and this book shares the fruits of Harvey Reid's 35 years of research and shows how to find the new music.

 

 

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Capo Voodoo- BOOK 7

Secrets of Partial Capos in Drop D Tuning

(2014)

Harvey Reid

Nearly every player has used Drop D tuning, with the bass E string tuned down to D. Here are 24 ways to use all kinds of partial capos in this common tuning to expand the musical boundaries of your guitar. New chords, moods and resonances, and a doorway to the huge, mysterious and uncharted world of combining partial capos and tunings.

 

 

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Capo Voodoo- BOOK 6

More Secrets of the 3-String Partial Capo

(2014)

Harvey Reid

Book 1 shows 24 ways to use a 3-string "Esus" partial capo. This book introduces 28 more innovative hidden ideas for playing great new music with the most common type of partial capo. Another tour-de-force by the Capo Voodoo master. These ideas are new and can't be found anywhere else (except the Big Book...)

 

 

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Capo Voodoo- BOOK 5

The Universal Partial Capo Chord Book

(2012)

Harvey Reid

Most players are now using some kind of single-purpose partial capos, since they do a better job of doing the more common configurations like Esus and Drop D. But here are 47 ways to use universal partial capos (Third Hand or Spider) that cannot be done using any of the single-purpose capos. Once again, this book is a revelation, and is filled with inventive and amazing ways to get more music from any guitar.

 

 

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Capo Voodoo- BOOK 4

The DADGAD Tuning Partial Capo Chord Book

(2012)

Harvey Reid

25 ways to use various kinds of partial capos in DADGAD (and CGDGAD) tuning. People think that partial capos are only to imitate open tunings, and generally don't realize that a new world of discovery and music lies in every tuning. Here are some really amazing ideas of how to expand the music you can play in DADGAD tuning. Almost 80%of the chords in this book simply cannot be played in standard (or DADGAD) tuning, and they offer another dimension of music for anyone who uses this popular tuning.

 

 

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Capo Voodoo, Cut Capo Chord Book

Capo Voodoo- BOOK 3

G-Band Capo Chord Book

(2011)

Harvey Reid

33 clever ways to use the 1 or 2-string Woodie's G-Band partial capo on your guitar. Over 1100 chords show beginners, songwriters & pickers where to put the capo and where to find the amazing new sounds. Like all the Capo Voodoo books, this is clearly written and carefully presented, with photos, diagrams, tips, tricks, advice and thousands of great chords anybody can use. 94 pages.

Useful for Woodie's G-Band Model I and Model II partial capos. Universal (Third Hand & SpiderCapo) partial capo users can do a lot of the things here but not all...

 

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Capo Voodoo, Cut Capo Chord Book

Capo Voodoo- BOOK 2

Partial Capo Chord Book

(2011)

Harvey Reid

Recently expanded. An astounding 47 ways to use a 4 or 5-string shortened partial capo on your guitar to find the "hidden music." With over 1600 chords showing beginners, songwriters & professionals where to put the capo and where to find the amazing new sounds. The 135 pages are jammed with photos, diagrams, tips, tricks, advice and lots of great chords.

Useful for Third Hand, Spider, Shubb c8b, Kyser Dropped D, and especially Planet Waves Trio & "Dual-Action" and Liberty Model 43 capos

 

 

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Capo Voodoo, Cut Capo Chord Book

Capo Voodoo- BOOK 1

The Cut-Capo Chord Book

(2010)

Harvey Reid

The vitally important "missing manual" for the Esus 3-string partial capo. This veritable "Rosetta Stone" shows 24 ingenious ways to use one on your guitar, with over 1200 hand-picked chords. (This book is useful for owners of the Shubb or Kyser Esus capos, as well as the Third Hand or Spider universal capos.) 94 pages, packed with photos, charts, explanations, tips, tricks and detailed explanations and discussions of partial capo strategy-- plus lots of great chords. For beginners, singers, pickers- anyone who has a partial capo needs this book.

 

 

 

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Sleight of Hand Book

Sleight of Hand: Guitar Magic

(1983)

Harvey Reid

 

A little-known but fascinating and important book of 20 solo guitar arrangements using the Third Hand universal capo. Mostly fingerpicked in standard tuning, but a couple flatpicked, 2 for 12-string, and 2 in different tunings. TAB and standard notation. Fiddle tunes, classical, blues. Intermediate to advanced. For universal partial capo users though you can do a number of these with an esus capo.

Suite: For the Duchess, Für Elise, Scarborough Fair, Minuet in Dm (Bach) , Flowers of Edinburgh, Simple Gifts, Sally Goodin‘, Irish Washerwoman, Pavanne, Red-Haired Boy, June Apple, Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, Devil's Dream, Sally Goodin', Scherzo, Shenandoah, Greensleeves, Sailor's Hornpipe, Fisher's Hornpipe

 

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Capo Inventions

Capo Inventions

(2006)

Harvey Reid

 

Solo arrangements in TAB and standard notation for the Esus 3-string partial capo. All are pieces on Harvey Reid's recordings. From easy to difficult, comes with music CD of how Harvey plays them.

Skye Boat Song, Highwire Hornpipe, Windy Grave , Hard Times, The Unknown Soldier, Suite: For the Duchess, The Arkansas Traveler, The Minstrel Boy, Red in the Sky, Prelude to the Minstrel’s Dream, Norway Suite: Parts 1 &2, Star Island Jig, Macallan’s Jig.

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Duck Soup

Duck Soup Guitar

(1983)

Harvey Reid

 

Shows 6 clever ways to use a partial capo to play simplified 1 and 2-finger chords. Makes it possible for children (and anyone else) to start playing real music on Day One. 29 kids songs with words and chord diagrams, in keys of E, A and C.

Go Tell Aunt Rhody, Hush Little Baby, Down in the Valley, Tom Dooley, London Bridge, The Farmer in the Dell, 10 Little Indians, Clementine, Rock My Soul, Billy Boy, Streets of Laredo, Red River Valley, Sloop John B, She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain, Amazing Grace, Worried Man, Michael Row the Boat Ashore, This Old Man, Little Liza Jane, Old MacDonald, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Angels We Have Heard on High, Deck the Halls,Auld Lang Syne, Skip to My Lou, Shenandoah, Oh Susannah, Camptown Races, Silent Night

 

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Modern Folk Guitar

Modern Folk Guitar

(1984)

Harvey Reid & Terry Kuhn

 

The first college textbook for folk guitar. 330 pages, with songs, chords, scales, theory, history. Used in college music classes for decades, the only book of its kind. No CD. Has a short chapter on how to play easy guitar with a partial capo. Out of print

 

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Song Train

The Song Train

(2007)

Harvey Reid & Joyce Andersen

 

56 one and two-chord songs, performed on 4 CD's, with a glorious 80-page hardback book. The "Rosetta Stone" for beginning guitar. Uses partial capo on 9 songs, shows how to play basic guitar, with theory, history, tips etc.

Roving Gambler, Handsome Molly, Clyde, John Henry, Old Blue, When Your Troubles Are Like Mine, Jambalaya, Feelin' Alright, Jack O' Diamonds Blues, Pistol Packing Mama, Waltz Across Texas, Little Maggie, Bound for the Promised Land, Ode to the E Chord, Tulsa Time, Honky Tonkin', My Horses Ain't Hungry, Memphis, Changed the Locks, Sinner Man, I Love You A Thousand Ways, Moonshiner's Blues, Tombstone Blues, Oh Death, Kentucky, Rock Island Line, You Never Can Tell, Tijuana, My Old Home on the Green Mountainside, Defying Gravity, Baby Please Don't Go, Miner's Refrain, Buffalo Skinners, Simple Gifts, Shake Your Hips, Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down, The Cuckoo, Rye Whiskey, I'll Go Stepping Too, Willie Seton, Joshua Fit The Battle, Tom Dooley, Black Jack Davy, Far End of Summer, Bright Morning Stars, Willie Moore, Well Well Well, Ramblin' Man, Pastures of Plenty, Wild Bill Jones, Single Girl, Married Girl, A-11, Old Man at the Mill, The Hills Of Roane County, Little Birdie, Where the Soul Never Dies

 

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The Capo

The Capo

(2007)

Randall Williams

 

Published by Hal Leonard. Songwriter Randall Williams shows how to use full capos as well as some uses of the the Esus and Drop E capos. Pictures, diagrams and text (no songs or arrangements) Comes with CD and capo.

 

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The Partial Capo

The Partial Capo

(2007)

Randall Williams

 

Published by Hal Leonard. Songwriter Randall Williams shows his take on how to use the Kyser partial capos. Covers some uses of the the Esus and Drop E capos. Pictures, diagrams and text (no songs or arrangements) Comes with a CD.

 

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New Frontier Book

A New Frontier in Guitar

(1980)

Harvey Reid

 

The first book about the partial capo, and possibly the first desktop-published book. Out of print for many years. Now a free download. This was the beginning...