Don’t know if you guys notice it, but I can! When I am capo’d up to atleast 2 I am probably able to achieve 20-30 bpm faster than without a capo.
Do you think it’s easier flat picking when you are capo’d up? I think the amount of stretch/flexibility of the strings when not capo’d make the string stretch a bit to much and it slows down picking speed. I really love the tension I get from the strings by either capo’n 2 or 3.
Sure the semi-tones/frets are slightly closer together to help but to me the tension on the strings is the biggest factor.
I also find that I get a bit sloppy on either/or (capo’d pr not) according to how I learned the song originally. For instance I learned all of Jerusalem’s Ridge without a capo…if I play with someone and they want to capo up to 2 and play it then I get fingered tied from time to time and vise-versa if I learn something capo’d and then someone wants to play it lower and I use no capo.
You guys seeing this in your playing also?