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47 oracle items tagged as jonny
September 1, 2014 / submitted by Joao Vitor Felicio, Canada
Q.  Hey oracle, just wondering if Johnny ever uses a Fender Twin Reverb, or is it safe to say he sticks to his Devilles?

Matt: He uses all sorts, including Twins, but we always come back to the DeVilles. We swap out the Fender speakers for Celestion Vintage drivers, by the way. A bit chunkier sounding and less harsh.


September 1, 2014 / submitted by Joao , Canada
Q.  Just wondering what string gauge/tuning is used for Charlie Brown. It sounds very jangly. I like it!

You will soon discover there is a theme with this week's questions.
It seems you guys want to know a lot about Jonny so I enlisted Matt McGinn to answer a few specialist questions.
Over to Matt:

Jangly eh? Tuning is D#ADGA#D Gauges top to bottom:
.013 .017 .026 .035 .045 .056



July 21, 2014 / submitted by Kunkies , United Kingdom
Q.  via twitter
Is there any video where I can listen to Jonny's voice singing??

Any video of Don't Panic. Jonny takes the lead in the second verse.


July 3, 2014 / submitted by Paige, Australia
Q.  Dear Oracle,
I was just reading through your latest questions when I noticed one remarking on how Jonny had sung Don't Panic.
I'm not quite sure where this person seen it but I was wondering if you know where I could see it?
It's really cool to see some of the other band-members take lead once in a while!
Thankyou Oracle

I think you have misunderstood. Jonny didn't sing the whole song, he sang the part he always does (second verse).
The question yesterday was about the first night at the Royal Albert Hall (1 July). They didn't see it; they heard it on the radio. The show was broadcast live as both myself & Anchorman posted.



June 26, 2014 / submitted by Carkid, United States of America
Q.  Hey Oracle,

At BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend 2014 during the middle of the opening song Paradise Jonny signaled someone who I'm guessing was offstage with a thumb going down. Can you tell me what that meant?

You see a lot of musicians doing this. When you see the thumb / finger gesturing up or down, they are signalling to their sound engineer. It's to let them know that they need to have what's coming through their monitors turned up or down.


May 20, 2014 / submitted by David, Netherlands
Q.  Dear Oracle,
Have the band ever tried to switch roles? At a small gig or during a soundcheck or something... I think it'd be cool to see them switch roles for once.

Yes, they have done that a few times at soundchecks. I have photos of Will playing the Gibson Teardrop guitar and of Chris playing drums.
Live there has only really been Jonny and Guy playing instruments other than their own. Notably keys & more recently the reactable.



May 12, 2014 / submitted by Ben, New Zealand
Q.  Hello Oracle!
This was posted on the Coldplay twitter a wee while ago. My question is who is that standing behind Jonny? his guitar tech? Also do you know what "awesome" song he is playing?
Many thanks

That is Dan Green. he's the band's sound engineer/co-producer and has been with them since their early days.
I don't know what the "awesome" song is but shall ask soon.




May 5, 2014 / submitted by Peter, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle!
I was watching Jools Holland and I noticed Jonny sitting behind the piano during the start of Magic but the piano was playing itself, so I was wondering If Jonny played the intro or was he sat there for another reason?
Thanks!

A few people have asked about the piano playing itself. This isn't the first time the band have adopted this technique (don't forget, it also featured in the Christmas Lights video). More of you seem to have noticed with Magic especially as Chris wasn't sat at it.
Jonny does indeed play the beginning which can be seen more clearly from footage of their recent performance for Sports Relief.



April 8, 2014 / submitted by Jonathan G, Germany
Q.  While I was watching the latest performance of Colplay where they're playing Magic at Sport Relief 2014 I noticed that Jonny first of all plays the piano (which is great I think!) and then he switches to his guitar - but the piano sounds are still there. Do they use a pedal for that? Is most of their instrumental music played live at all, since they have so many different layers of sounds in their songs - especially in the ones from Mylo Xyloto and Ghost stories:

Thank you and greetings from Germany! :)

I've touched on this subject before but it's important to differentiate between not playing live and miming. Their performances are all real and are not mimed. Everything you see is happening in the moment but there are obviously musical parts that are replicated as it would be impossible to play every sound as you say. Another example is the strings in Viva. Keyboards and MIDI systems are equipped to play these parts at live shows.
FYI I mentioned MIDI last week when listing Roadie #42's roles. It stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface.



April 1, 2014 / submitted by Neil, Philippines
Q.  Hi, all-knowing Oracle! I was just wondering, did Jonny ever use his Lake Placid Blue Fender Telecaster live?

Another one for Matt...
"The only blue Tele I recall is the one Jonny had back in the Parachutes days - a JD model with a big dent in it that actually belongs to Will, who I think got it cheap cos of the damage.
It's now his dressing room/warm up guitar and travels with us pretty much everywhere!"



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