Jonny Buckland

Jonny Buckland
Coldplay Trouble Live 2000

COLDPLAY - Trouble (Live at the BBC 2008)

Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland

Parachutes

Jonny Buckland is Coldplay's guitarist whose sparse detuned guitar lines drove their hit single Trouble from the album Parachutes to the upper reaches of the hit parade.

Transcriptions of the track are available in the US via:-
Hal Leonard's - COLDPLAY.PARACHUTES and the British Isles via:- Wise Publications' - COLDPLAY.PARACHUTES

Jonny has numerous guitars but his old favourite is a vintage Fender Jazzmaster.

Fender Jazzmaster

SONGSEEDS analysis - VERSE

The verse of the song uses a repeating 5 chord progression in the key of G major - the chords used have been highlighted in the next table:-

Verse chord sequence

The previous table shows the chords used for the verse in numerical order - the actual chord order is highlighted in the table that follows:-

Progression 6

An enlarged portion of the previous table is shown below for clarity:-

Progression 6 enlarged

The Am chord has been enhanced by the use of the addition of the eleventh note of the A natural minor scale - which produces an Amadd11 chord. Mr Buckland achieves this chord by detuning his first string from E to D and then playing a standard 5Am3 open chord shape. If you don't want to bother with retuning just remove your second finger from the standard Am open chord shape to introduce the open D string - the net effects are very similar sounding.

Song Seeds analysis - CHORUS

The chorus chord sequence uses a repeating 2 chord progression in the key of D major

Progression 9

An enlarged portion of the previous table is shown below for clarity:-

Progression 9 enlarged

Again an add11 embellishment has been amployed on the A major chord - via the detuned first string ( i.e. a D natural note has been added to the major triad). As explained previously the same effect can be achieved by removing the first finger from a standard A major open chord shape to introduce the open D string.

The Cadd11 arpeggio box shapes are detailed in the table and tabbed panel that follows:-


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5C2 pdf
5A3 pdf
6G3G1 pdf
6E4E1 pdf
4D2 pdf
5C2 at 12 pdf


5C2 box

5A3 box

6G3G1 box

6E4E1 box

4D2 box

5C2 box at 12


The Amadd11 arpeggio box shapes are detailed in the table and tabbed panel that follows:-

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5Am3 pdf
6Gm3Gm1 pdf
6Em4Em1 pdf
4Dm2 pdf
5Cm2 pdf
5Am3 at 12 pdf

5Am3 box

6Gm3Gm1 box

6Em4Em1 box

4Dm2 box

5Cm2 box

5Am3 box at 12


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