(It.); capodastère (Fr.), Kapotaster (Ger.). Head of the touch, i.e. the ‘nut’, or raised portion of the top of the fingerboard of a str. instr., which ‘touches’ the str. and defines their length at that end. Another name is barre (Fr.). A movable capotasto has sometimes been used (esp. in guitar playing) which can be placed at any point on the str. (in vc. playing the thumb acts as such and in the 18th cent. was sometimes so called). In USA the name capotasto is reserved for this type.