Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Daily Chord

Every musician strikes a chord, and a great many notes even in a single song, but what chord strikes you today? There are a great many tools out there that us musicians use to help us reach these chords too...Have you tried using the SpiderCapo to reach those chords your desire yet? 

We all start our days in a different mood, on a different note (pun intended) and we are all, as musicians, akin to different key signatures, particular chords or notes, etc...but at this moment on this day; What chord are you? 

Personally, I know I am tuned to D. Something about the note, especially 2 octaves below middle C, reverberates within and sends my neurons into a frenzy. Not sure why, that's just who I am I guess. But, this doesn't mean that a D major is my constant mood...some days I am in a more minor progression based mood, some days major, other days a tritone sounds more appealing...which leads me back to my initial question: What chord are you at this moment on this day? The SpiderCapo is a tool that helps me find this chord easier on many days. What interesting and otherwise essentially unachievable chords does the SpiderCapo help you create?

We have a SpiderCapo for all occasions...Contact Us to find out which suits your needs best! 

What we would like to know though, is what chord is your chord of the day? We would also LOVE to see some of your SpiderCapo chords too! 

Most importantly though, as always, Enjoy!!! 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Social Spider!

The New More SocialSpider
With our introduction into the world of Social Media, Creative Tunings' SpiderCapo has created quite the SpiderWeb. We always encourage our fans and potential fans to visit the site - a new, sleeker updated version of which is in the works by the way (yes, we are super excited too!) - but we would love it if more of you would join our forum community. We have expanded our SpiderForums to be for guitarists of all types and ot just those who use the SpiderCapo, but rather trying to build a place where a community of musicians can come to and express their artistry freely. There are a great many Social Media sites these days and yes, we are members of just about all of them now. "Catching up with the times" I suppose one would say, so we ask those of you who are also members of those Social Outlet to come join us in our quest to complete our Social Spider Web. Here is a list of links to our current Social Platforms:
Currently, you can order the SpiderCapo and accessories directly from our website on our SpiderStore page, but we are expanding to Amazon and eBay as well. We also have Creative Tunings SpiderCapo T-Shirts available for all of our enthusiasts! We don't want to be a recluse! (ok, a little pun in each blog can't hurt, right?).
Within all of this, we are also working on a new improved version of the Tunings Compendium that includes pictures and tab format AND not just from standard tunings to alternate, but from alternate tunings back to standard and/or other variations as well - simply with the flick of a few fingers!
You know, with the SpiderCapo, less is more sometimes. What we mean by that more specifically is that you don't always have to have all 6 fingers on the SpiderCapo at all times as well. The SpiderCapo was designed for you to be able to unscrew the end and remove any number of desired fingers for the configuration that you are going to be working with. Of course, sometimes it is easier to leave them all on if you are playing multiple songs where the use of all fingers (not necessarily at the same time) would be utilized, but try it with 4 - or even try flipping them around backwards maybe! Use your imaginations - this is what the SpiderCapo was created for and also HOW it was created!
The SpiderCapo also offers a bit of assistance to those with hand disabilities too. There is a special subgroup of guitar players making good use of the SpiderCapo that have missing fingers, rheumatism, arthritis and more - and we solute you for not giving up and are thankful that our SpiderCapo could assist you in allowing you to continue playing! Thank you also for not giving up and aspiring to continue to be musicians!
When you set the SpiderCapo up to play an open chord, you can play all the chords in that key with one or a maximum of two fingers (unless you want to get complicated and play a Major7 Sus2/Add6), but this is demonstrated in our discussions on the SpiderForums. It shows a player using an open G (330033) so the I, IV and V chords (G, C and D) can be played without using the left hand at all!
Next, all the diatonic chords in the key of G are demonstrated playing the song "Michael Rowed the Boat Ashore". The available chords are G, A-Minor, B-Minor, C, D, E-Minor and an F# 1/2 Diminished.
These demonstration examples are given as a starting point for those guitar players with only one or two fingers available on the hands that frets the fingerboard. Of course, the capo-bilities are limitless! Non-diatonic chords and chromaticism can be introduced at any point/ Any SpiderCapo tuning can be used. If people will share the tunings they are using, we will append them to the revised Compendium and share them for all to see.

Anyway, to summarize, we invite you to join us in this great SpiderCapoWeb and especially on the SpiderForums as big things are in the works and coming this way soon. We would love to hear from more SpiderCapo users and see videos and just discuss music in general as well! You know, the SpiderCapo isn't just for Acoustic Guitarists - Electric Guitarists, Bass Players, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin, Lap Steel and many more including custom models are available on the Store page. So pay us a visit, anywhere - dro pus a line, feel free to ask a question - please do!


Thursday, December 17, 2015

SpiderDays: Holiday Special from your friend, SpiderCapoMan!

Holiday Special: 2 for 1 SpiderCapos!!

...Yes, it's true! 

Included is a coupon for FREE guitar lessons at using a simple & fun SpiderCapo Tuning!... 
For your budding beginner, or your friend with the guitar that...sits in the corner. 
Each comes nicely packaged– gift ready! 

**Buy Now: [shipping not included]

This goes out only to our friends [and their friends].

Happy Holidays from SpiderCapoMan!!

Friday, December 11, 2015


Welcome to the SpiderCapo Blog Page where you can follow and find the latest and greatest about the SpiderCapo - the worlds' first full OR partial capo that allows you to apply the capo to each individual string. Add us to your favorite RSS feed reader now! SpiderCapo - just for the "regular ol' guitar" either: the SpiderCapo comes in a great many varieties for various string instruments as well as custom versions for the musicians who play non-standard instruments. The SpiderCapo has been dubbed "The Ultimate Alternative Tuning Capo". The SpiderCapo is not only fantastic for going from standard tuning to open tuning, but vice-versa as well.
Let us introduce you a little more in-depth to the SpiderCapo and it's great many capo-bilities. There are 63 variations per fret and applying the SpiderCapo up to the 15th fret allows 945 different configurations thereof. Here's a PDF that'll get you started and give you the general idea -
Whoa!  Right? Here are some Audio/Video examples:

We are all familiar with the standard capo, some of us familiar with the partial capos that will capo just the first or last three frets for example, but the SpiderCapo goes so far beyond the rest, it is in a class of its own. Rightly so. Winner of many awards including "Best in NAMM" twice, this amazing accessory should be a standard in every guitarists arsenal of accessories:

So let us ask you a question: In a live show, would you rather sit and retune your guitar or flip a few fingers on the SpiderCapo to tune your guitar quickly and perfectly to be ready for the next song? The other thing is that you don't have to use all 6 fingers on the SpiderCapo! Surprising, we know, but when you unscrew the Spider's end completely, you can remove fingers from it and leave as many or as little number of fingers on the device as desired. In scouring the web, we find many use four fingers if not the standard six. Some use more than one SpiderCapo on their guitar(s) while playing  or use the SpiderCapo in combination with a "regular" or partial capo.
The SpiderCapo has also been a great use for those guitar players that are missing digits on their playing hands. We must say we admire your unwillingness to give up or give in because of your condition! In the SpiderCapo forums discussions you can find topics dedicated to this ( under "Discussion"). It shows the player using an open G. tuning (3, 3, 0, 0, 3, 3,) so the I, IV, and V chords ( G, C, D) can be played without using the left hand at all! Next, all the diatonic chords in the key of G. are demonstrated playing the song “Michael Rowed the Boat Ashore”. The available chords are:  G, A minor, B minor, C, D, E minor and  is F# 1/2 diminished.
These demonstration examples are given as a starting point for those guitar players with only one or two fingers available on the hand that frets the fingerboard. Of course, the possibilities are limitless. Non-diatonic chords, and chromaticism can be introduced at any point. Any Spidercapo tuning can be used. We encourage you to visit our SpiderCapo Forums at to let us know how YOU use the SpiderCapo and the tunings that you have been able to create with it. We are in the process of updating our Tuning_Compendium with pictures and tablature to accompany each chapter. It will also cover standard tuning to open and vice-versa, so please come check it out. 
You can also visit Chordie’s chat corner at the address below to chat with folks who are doing this. Say hi to Gitaardocphil. Click below to see the chat…..

Partial capoing is very good for getting new textures and new inspirations. Using partially capoed strings will give you new ‘rubs’ of small intervals: like 2nds, that sound so good on a guitar, and can inspire new songs. This is not to demean more traditional musical tools. If you’ve listened to some of the more sophisticated pop tunes, you’ll hear the beauty and power of transposing. [ex:  the transition to the last chorus of  ‘New York, New York’ ]
How can a songwriter reap the benefits of open string rubs, AND, be able to move to different key centers? Answer: the partial capo!
We study the guitar to learn to play in different keys so that we can transpose within a song. This is an example of when the partial capo, as opposed to open tunings [actually turning the tuning pegs of the instrument], pays off. The reason is that your study of the instrument is not lost when you use a partial capo. This is because the intervals between the strings has not been changed, so the formations, chords,  and voice leading techniques you’ve acquired can still be used.
As a result, over time:
1.You can build a singular body of musical knowledge that is ever progressing, as opposed to specific shapes that only work in a certain open tunings.
2. You can use many different partial tunings without undo confusion-because the instrument remains the same.
3. Because the interval shapes on the guitar are consistent per tuning,  you foster the ability to improvise -which is the starting point of music composition and allows consistent transfer of musical ideas from the the guitar.

Stay Tuned (ok, some pun intended) to our blog page for more updates and special blogs about the great many uses for the SpiderCapo!