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I just uploaded a new video... 

New video out today, hope you dig it. (And if you do, please share.)
It's an instrumental tune called Stupid Blues, and it exists purely for the joy of playing.


Link: https://youtu.be/7BVUPmRiaXQ 

This is the 4th release from the Live In The Acoustic Asylum series. Buy the song + album (Pay What You Want) here: http://jongomm.com/music or from iTunes http://j.mp/iTunesGomm or Google Play http://j.mp/GooGom Amazon http://j.mp/AmzGomUSA

Guitar Tab only available here: http://jongomm.com/guitar-tabs Transcribed by…Read more

I made a new album and a new video, and they're both out today... 

New video and album out today.
This song means a lot to me, so releasing it is terrifying, like a bird pushing her baby out of the nest and hoping it flies. Hope you like it. If you do, please tell somebody about it.   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKdbLhuSAyg


Get the album Live In The Acoustic Asylum, out today, Pay What You Want, from http://jongomm.com/music (or from iTunes http://j.mp/iTunesGomm but it's twice the price and I get less money). Guitar Tab available from http://jongomm.com/guitar-tabs 

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Canada Tour with Don Ross + one-off Leeds gig with Antoine Dufour  

I'm honoured to be touring Canada this month with Don Ross. Don is one of the few true über-gods of the contemporary acoustic guitar style, and is a massive influence on me and my generation of guitarists. He is one of the kindest, most thoughtful people I've ever met. OK, now I'm embarassing myself, so I'll move on. Here's one of my favourite Don Ross tunes, and the tour dates below...
But before I leave, I have a special one-off gig with Quebecois guitar-genius Antoine Dufour, in Leeds, to launch my…Read more

Brand New Video 'The Weather Machine'... 

I have another brand new video for you, it's called The Weather Machine. Watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kph8r0Rh6M8 

Pleeeeease share it with your friends (if you like it), to help me get this music into as many ears as possible, and hopefully continue my lifelong mission of not getting a real job.  
 
The lyrics tell an allegorical tale mocking Western anti-terror propaganda. Musically it's a metal-heavy Arabic-influenced onslaught. It might offend the sensibilities of some of my acoustic… Read more

New video out today! Plus new album pre-order + tour dates... 

Hey! Wanna watch my new video?
Gloria is probably my most requested song at gigs, it's about my first girlfriend from when I was 16. This performance is 100% live and organic. Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl1sbRi9tRs 
 


Please share it if you like it, it really matters. Most people only know about my music because of you sharing my videos with your friends.
 
Pay What You Want single and album pre-order available here: http://jongomm.com/music. Guitar Tab available here: http://jongomm.com/guitaRead more

Guest Mentor on Sky Arts Guitar Star 

Watch me on the actual TV tonight: I'm Guest Mentor for the semi-final of Guitar Star, on Sky Arts at 8pm (UK and Ireland).


It's a cool show about the craft of guitar playing, with no horrible X Factor stuff like tragic dead grandma back-stories or shady contracts for the winners. The other mentors are people like Tony Iommi, Nitin Sawhney and Paco Peña, so god knows why they asked me!

P.S. Thanks to my mum for ironing my shirt specially for the filming. Read more

I made nine new videos, first one drops next month. And I'm releasing the audio as an album. Brace everything. 

Announcement! Live In The Acoustic Asylum video series and album  
July 28th 2015 - first video and Pay What You Want* single, plus album pre-orders available
August 18th 2015 - second video and Pay What You Want* single
September 8th 2015 - third video and album release

Singles will be Pay What You Want, minimum £0.20 (that's about $0.30). The album will be £3.99 (about $6), but you can pay more if you want. Think of it this way: the minimum price covers the costs of making the video/album. Any more you… Read more

Rescheduled UK Dates... 

So you might know that I had a crazy year so far. I was out on tour in Germany, and after 2 gigs I had to rush home to look after my wife, who'd been taken into hospital. Driving home from Munich to Leeds (via a motorway motel and a ferry), abandoning a tour to see a sick loved one, was not a nice experience. 

Then the UK tour was immediately afterwards. We made the decision to go for it, and all was going well. Sadly, however, we had to use our day off to go back into hospital, and Natasha was told she…Read more

I made a new video. Plus news, tour dates... 

I have a NEW video!
This one's all about the fat groove, it's called Dance Of The Last Rhino.
Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOofWEjNInc If you're into it, pleeeeeease share it with your friends. Without online sharing, I'd still be playing pretend gigs in my bedroom to my stuffed toys. 

Get the Guitar Tab at http://jongomm.com/guitar-tabs

To try to entice some new fans to take the plunge and actually buy something, I've made the song available for a penny, only from http://jongomm.com/downloaRead more

Road memories #1 - African Township Adventure 

My story of diverting my South Africa tour into a township. See what happened....

While I was on tour in South Africa last year, we drove from the airport to our hotel in swanky downtown Cape Town. The drive takes you past some huge townships, which are basically slums - living conditions for most people are not great. People may have no running water, no electricity, no floor even; A large family lives in a one-room shack made of found materials with a dirt floor, and one chemical portable toilet to share… Read more

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    awesome fan mail is awesome
  • Before I head out on my Germany/Switzerland tour next week, just wanted to say this...
    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
    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 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.
    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.
    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.
    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. 
Do it.
    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. Do it.
  • New year boozez with my mum & my brother at The Brudenell, Leeds, music courtesy Sam Airey (get well soon dude)
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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. :)
    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. :)
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