The guitar capo makes it so easy to quickly change keys and still play with confidence and efficiency. That is, until you find yourself without one. It seems that perhaps the handy capo is so small that, though indispensable, it seems to wander too easily from the musician’s grip. The all-too-often cry is “I lost my capo!” So what else is there to do but seek sympathy on social media?
I've properly lost my capo
— Sophieboobob (@PorkyPi) March 19, 2014
I lost my capo
— Alex Radecki (@alexs_username) March 18, 2014
Sometimes we have to go beyond the matter-of-fact, and express the emotional impact of losing a capo.
i lost my capo again im gonna cry
— weewee (@wnlyma) March 16, 2014
I lost my capo!
— Katelynn (@Kaderbuggy) March 17, 2014
i lost my capo dayum!
— aldrinne jude (@aldrinnezapanta) March 18, 2014
And it’s always helpful to invite others to mourn the loss with us.
I've lost my capo. Minute of silence please.
— …Kate… (@kateastrophic23) March 17, 2014
Does anyone have a spare capo? I'm heart broken cuz i lost mine
— Tristan (@CoronaTristan) March 18, 2014
Cause versus effect: the consequence (stated or implied) of the lost capo…
i lost my capo… go me! now i'm left with this piece of crap one that i got for free…. it looks like it might be from the 1920s?
— Erin Shepherd (@ThatErinChic) March 19, 2014
I lost my ex's dad's guitar. Fck. Along with the capo and the pick.
— Spencer Hastings (@hernandezkdb) March 19, 2014
i lost my extremely cheap capo, once again the guitar gods would probably frown down at me
— Mabi Simeon (@mabisimeon) March 13, 2014
Could the solution be right under our noses?
If I had a capo for every capo I've lost, I'd never be without a capo.
— meals (@supmeals) March 18, 2014
i was looking for my capo because i thought i lost it but then i realized it was on my guitar im a genius
— ♡Kayla Ouellette♡ (@kk4yla) March 15, 2014
When all else fails, a little ingenuity can win the day!
So…I lost my capo… pic.twitter.com/6C0IRmAc33
— Eisen Reiner Perdido (@JustPlainEisen) March 17, 2014
What’s the solution to the vexing problem of the lost capo? It seems more research may be required, but here are some suggestions:
- Give each guitar its own capo. Your guitars probably don’t like sharing anyway.
- Use capos that clamp onto the headstock, so they stay with the guitar until the guitar is safely stowed in its case. (You do use a case for storage, right?)
- Attach a GPS tag like Tile so you can track it with your smartphone (just don’t lose your phone too).
- Stock up! We have lots of capos in our All About Capos store, so you never have to be without!
(Featured guitar image courtesy of RTP411 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)