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The makeshift capo is a simple and cheap device used raise the tuning of the guitar by clamping the strings across the fretboard. It's design is based off of a Bill Russel style capo (seen on the left).
You will likely need multiple hair ties or rubber bands to hold the strings down efficiently. Generally classical and electric guitars will only need a few - because they have weaker tension in their strings - but you will need a lot for an acoustic (more than you see in the picture to the right). Alternatively, you could try using thicker rubber bands.
You'll need to get the pen or pencil down to size. This is done to make the device easier to put on and take off. It also prevents the capo from getting in the way. Cut your pen or pencil down to about 4 inches (or 10 centimeters) - just so long as it's a bit longer then the width of your fretboard. If your using a pencil - this is easily accomplished with a pencil sharpener, but whack the tip off to prevent getting poked.
At this point you may have everything you need. Lay the pen or pencil down over the fret you want to clamp. Wrap your hair tie, shoe lace, or rubber band over one end, then stretch around back of fretboard and over the other end of the pen or pencil.
Give the guitar a strum, and if you hear any buzzing, add more rubber bands, or hair ties. Shoe laces can be tied tighter.
In general, you should never leave a Capo on when your not playing. Additionally, it may take you a bit of time to get the thing off and on. One option to increase the speed a bit is to bundle the rubber bands or hair ties together at the center (the part that lies behind the fretboard during use) and at the loops (the part that stretches over the pencil ends). This can be done using twist ties for the ends and a rubber band for the back (so as to protect the finish). As always, be careful!
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