Song Navigation

While learning, you will be moving around the song quite a bit. Capo offers many different ways for you to travel through your songs efficiently.

Seeking to a Bar/Beat or Time Location

Choose Control > Go To Bar… or Control > Go To Time from the main menu to seek to a specific position in the song.

Jump to the Beginning / End

You can quickly navigate to the beginning or ending of the song using your keyboard. Pressing ⌘← takes you to the beginning of the song, and ⌘→ takes you to the end of the song.

Zooming In and Out

Zooming allows you to reveal more or less detail in the song you are working on. Zooming in allows you to see more detail, and makes it easier to seek or scrub to precise locations. Zooming out will give you more perspective on the overall structure of the song, making it easier to create large Regions.

To adjust the timeline scale by zooming, do one of the following

Collapsed Chords

Capo collapses chords in a way that shows the last chord in a group of chord changes, and the collapsing is indicated by an ellipsis (…) character before the chord name. For example, see the …Am shown in the example below.

Zooming in lets you to "break apart" these groups of chords. In the example above, you'll see that zooming in has revealed the Csus4 chord that was hidden by the Am.

Collapsed Tablature

When tablature is displayed, Capo uses a similar scheme to collapse its notation entries, but shows the first in a group of notes. E.g. a 3… will be displayed to indicate there are more frets to be played on that string.

In the REGION, MARKER, and CHORD Control Strips, you will see a pair of arrows on either end of the controls. These allow you to navigate between points in the song depending on which Control Strip is currently active.

When navigating by region, Capo treats the start and end of a region as two separate locations. For example, you will move to the end of a region before moving to the next region. Because of this, two adjacent regions will seem to require that you to move forward or backward twice to get to the next region.

When a region is active (i.e. selected, and ready to loop), moving to another region will also change the active region. This lets you quickly transition between the looping regions that you wish to practice.

You can also navigate using the ⇧⌥← and ⇧⌥→ keyboard shortcuts.

Marker-based navigation is quite straightforward—you simply navigate between the marked points in the song. When used in conjunction with the Transcription Cursor, you can move the start of playback between pre-determined points in the song.

If the current marker is selected (i.e. ready to be deleted), moving to another marker will also change the selection. This lets you quickly delete the markers you no longer need.

You can also navigate using the ⌥← and ⌥→ keyboard shortcuts.

This is similar to Marker-based navigation&madsh;you can think of the chords in a song as markers that contain important musical information. They are placed at meaningful points in time, and navigating between chords can be a helpful method of moving around.

Unlike regions and markers, the selection state of chords do not change as you move around. We plan to change this in a future update.

Learning Keyboard/MIDI Commands

Capo allows you to change the key bindings for most commands, and even assign MIDI messages to them. Using a MIDI keyboard or foot pedal, you can perform most navigation and playback commands while your Mac might be difficult to reach.

To view the Playback Commands window:

To re-assign a keyboard command:

To assign a MIDI command:

To clear a keyboard or MIDI command:

Last updated: August 19, 2021