So I’ve been working with a set of three ‘spider’ capos that can capo individual strings.
Essentially I set the root chord (usually, but not always) of the key as the open strum with the capos, and play rest of chords normally but up the neck – so all transitions to the capo’d chord are ‘nails’ – fast and clean. Plus it give my hand a break, so I can play for hours without ‘claw-cramping’.
Now envision picking over the top of that open strum … it sounds pretty cool, like rhythm and lead combined. But I can’t change the chord quickly AND the tuning needs tweaking whenever the capo settings are changed.
What I wish I could do is control (i.e. change) that capo’d chord fast and clean via a foot-operated effects board. Then I read about some MIDI guitars where actual string tuning doesn’t even matter – and bingo, I realized what I want to do can be done via software and signal-processing only.
But there's problem I see from the 'virtual capo' product description and the Line6 video tutorials I've watched, namely that unless a 'bar' capo is modeled, the 'virtual capo' feature changes the tonal distance between strings -- OK fine if alternate tuning is what you want, but suppose you really don't want to relearn all those 55545 tonal spacing riffs, scales and chords that you already know?
Does the Workbench allow for development of individually capo'd strings, maintaining the stanard tonal distance between strings? What I would call a 'true virtual capo'.
Thanks in advance...and regardless of the answer, I'll be headed down to my local Guitar Center to check-out these very cool-looking instruments very soon!