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    Hoppy helps The Oracle tune to Coldplay's Moses

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    June 23, 2009 - submitted by Josh, United States of America

    Q. Hello omniscient Oracle, I was just curious about the live performance of Moses on the Live 2003 DVD. Is he using the Rico-sound input of the Rickenbacker or the standard input. I've been trying to play it but it just doesn't sound right on my Fender 12-string. Thanks for reading this if you do.

    The Oracle replies:

    Chris would be using the standard mono output on the Rickenbacker 12 through a Fender Deville 2x12 on the built in overdrive and possibly, more overdrive settings. But Ricky 12's have a specific sound even on the regular output and you may struggle to reproduce it on another guitar. I should also point out that Chris doesn't use normal tuning on it; the 'b' string is lowered 1 full tone to 'a' i.e. the tuning is (low to high) E A D G A E". Thanks to Hoppy, Chris' guitar tech, who gets each guitar ready to play.

    June 23, 2009 - submitted by Curran, United Kingdom

    Q. How does Chris feel about Dentists?

    The Oracle replies:

    I'm not sure if this is a well-known fact but Chris had to get used to many Dentist visits as he wore braces for a while until he was in his early twenties.


    June 23, 2009 - submitted by Chloe, Canada

    Q. Oracle, I hope you can guide me on that one. I am a pop singer, recording a demo right now. I'd like to send it to record companies. I tried and tried to find their address but it seems impossible. Their is one site where you can pay 15$ and they supposedly have all the addresses. Would you trust that? And if not where can I find all this info. Thanks a lot for your help. See you in Montreal.

    The Oracle replies:

    It shouldn't seem impossible as labels do give that information on their websites, you just have to look for it. For example, EMI list their addresses for demo submissions. Click the FAQ link. There are lots of sites that will take your money and many may be a waste of that hard-earned cash. However, there are some useful sites that give information about key A&R players as well as the way the industry works with in depth interviews with personnel. One that I quite like is Hitquarters with an annual subscription service of between $9-19 per year.




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