awesome fan mail is awesome
Before I head out on my Germany/Switzerland tour next week, just wanted to say this...
So happy that my new video already hit 250,000 views across all platforms. Thanks everyone who spread the word, I hope in return my guitaring made you smile for a moment. If you missed it, watch here → https://www.facebook.com/jongommofficial/videos/1160441910634340/ or at youtube.com/jongomm
New video has over 50,000 views across all platforms in the first 24 hours. Thanks! Here's my favourite comment exchange so far... (See the video at youtube.com/jongomm)
New video up today at youtube.com/jongomm and facebook.com/jongommofficial. I hope this tune's as much fun to watch as it is to play.
Germany, I come in peace! (And Switzerland too.) I will see you all next month. And PLEASE, tell your friends!
Deutschland, ich komme in Frieden! Ich werde sehen Sie alle im nächsten Monat. Und bitte, informieren Sie Ihre Freunde!
Feb 10 - Lagerhaus, BREMEN - DE
Feb 11 - Privatclub, BERLIN - DE
Feb 12 - Gladhaus, COTTBUS - DE
Feb 13 - Beatpol, DRESDEN - DE
Feb 15 - Ampere, MÜNCHEN - DE
Feb 16 - Franz K, REUTLINGEN - DE
Feb 17 - Cubus, BIRRHARD - CH
Feb 18 - Kiff, AARAU - CH
Feb 20 - Brotfabrik, FRANKFURT - DE
Feb 21 - Rathausdiele, SCHWEINFURT - DE
Feb 22 - Studio 672, KÖLN - DE
Feb 24 - Nochtspeicher, HAMBURG - DE
Feb 25 - Pavillion, HANNOVER - DE
Feb 26 - Tommy's Workshop, VIERSEN - DE
Feb 27 - Edith-Stein-Haus, KAISERSLAUTERN - DE
Venues / Karten / Informationen: eventim.de
Please take note: Some of these concerts are rescheduled from 2015. Check with the venue to see if your original ticket is still valid.
Bitte beachten Sie: Einige dieser Konzerte werden für das Jahr 2015. Prüfen mit dem Veranstaltungsort geplant, um herauszufinden, ob Ihre Original-Ticket noch gültig ist.
Remember that being a human is probably the most difficult task in the known universe.
New Year's Resolution suggestion for musicians: Learn one new scale and write a tune with it.
A scale is a precise sound, like a very distinct colour you can use to create a specific mood. Maybe songs come first, but maybe sometimes scales come first. Did Van Gogh decide to paint some sunflowers, then find that yellow? Or did he make that incredible yellow, *then* find a use for it?
95% of pop music uses one scale (the Major scale, or its twin the Relative Minor scale). So if you’re wondering why lots of music sounds kinda similar, that’s part of the reason.
Some people think music theory is not worth the effort to learn. So here's some perspective.
Right now I’m writing a song using the Phrygian Dominant scale, which evolved in the Middle East, and came to define the the sounds of both flamenco music and some Arabic and Persian styles. The notes of this scale are placed so they pull and push really tensely against each other, creating epic emotional drama. The Dorian mode, on the other hand, originated thousands of years ago in ancient Greece: Dorian is the warm, placid melancholia of The Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby, or Miles Davis’ So What. I wrote Passionflower using Lydian - popular in Indian classical music - which has an ethereal quality.
And if you want to use one of these amazing sounds which took entire cultures generations to develop, you can google and learn the scale in FIVE MINUTES. Five freakin' minutes.
New year boozez with my mum & my brother at The Brudenell, Leeds, music courtesy Sam Airey (get well soon dude)
The joy of acoustic guitar is the simplicity. Instrument + Human = Music.
TEN. MILLION. VIEWS. That's officially quite a lot.
Thanks everyone who shared, it changed my life. We did it. :) P.S. New videos imminent: The Acoustic Asylum series continues VERY soon.
Super stoked that I'm in the new issue of Guitar & Bass magazine with my Ten Top Tips for guitarists. As I'm away in Asia, my mum sent my little brother Rob to buy the magazine for the scrapbook. Look how bitter he is at my success. So sad.
What makes a perfect gig? Great sound helps, but all you really need is an audience who want to feel stuff. Thanks Shanghai! //
Massive shout-out to my new friend Abe Deyo for leading me by the hand around China, booking the shows and generally being great company.
Onstage at YuYinTang, Shanghai last night. Love this city.
The guitar: An elegant weapon for a civilised age. Thanks to everyone in Beijing and Hangzhou, I *loved* playing for you! Shanghai tonight, see jongomm.com for details. :)