So yesterday I did something unpardonable… I capoed my mandolin (stone the heretic, I know) I did it for my voice cuz I was singing and wanted open chords, but the sound of the mandolin was so different capoed that I played for quite some time moving the capo around cuz it made the instrument fresh and new in a sense, and it was fun hearing tunes in different keys.
So that’s not a question, just I encourage you to try capoing your instruments to add some fresh interest.
Also, the other day I was messing with BlackBerry blossom, and I figured it out in D, and in that key I really emphasized the E chord in the A part (an optional chord, that I really like) and I was wondering, do any of y’all ever randomly transpose tunes? I do frequently on mandolin, fiddle, and especially guitar, it adds some interest to tunes, and also helps work my knowledge of the fretboard.
So if you never transpose, change keys, or use a capo, I recommend you do so, even if the bluegrass police come and knock down your door…