This tune is the hardest thing I have ever written, or attempted to play, or imagined existing on a guitar. I'm curious to see if anyone else can play it, so I've transcribed the guitar tab and instructions (all nineteen pages of it) and it's available from my website, and the first person to learn it to any vaguely OK-ish standard (as judged by me) wins my complete guitar pickup system - a Fishman Rare Earth Mic Blend plus a Fishman BP100, total list price over $750. Submit your entry at http://jongomm.com/win
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I'm taking the rest of 2017 at home to finish writing my next album. I just have a couple more tunes to finish. So far they're digging deeper into my psyche than anything I've written before. For the first time when making an album, I have a clear image in my mind of the sound, the themes, the videos, the artwork, and I've found a great videographer and an artist, plus an old friend of mine with a background in electronic music who will be producing. It'll still be an acoustic guitar and vocal record, but with added depth and colour and bigness.
Then early 2018 I'm heading back to what is rapidly becoming my second home...
All info and ticket links on the Live Dates page.
If you wanna be there when I demystify guitar techniques like percussion, tapping and tuning, explain my unique approach to composition and how I see the guitar, and explain my gear setup, or ask me the question you've always wanted to ask like "Hey Jon, what's with the bare feet?"... then get to London on March 7th for this...
Tickets from http://www.eventim.co.uk/masterclass
Watch it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88L0D4UFl9Q
Guitar Tab finally available for this song at http://jongomm.com/guitar-tabs Every technique is explained. It’s a complete walkthrough guide to the song.
High And Dry is the 7th video from from the Acoustic Asylum series. Get the song and album and Pay What You Want from http://jongomm.com/music
Also on iTunes http://j.mp/iTunesGomm or Google Play http://j.mp/GooGom or Amazon http://j.mp/AmzGomUSA
I've been playing this song for the best part of two decades. For my very oldest fans and friends, this is the one they think of when they think of me, even though it's a cover. I love the song deeply. I’ve always been convinced it’s about Gene Kelly's character in the movie "Viva Kneivel!", an alcoholic ex-stunt motorcyclist.
Performance wise, this arrangement channels Michael Hedges maybe more than anything else I've ever come up with. Not just the guitar techniques, but the vocal, even the bare feet.
I've played it better than this, but I've played it worse. It's kinda slow: I was a bit bipolar, so I'm dragging it back, fighting myself, and I probably over-compensated. Maybe that makes it me.
I'm playing out this spring. UK test subjects needed for the unsafe experimental trials of new songs (and plenty of old ones obviously). Check the Live Dates page for all the info.
Support Artists Wanted...
I've decided to throw open the support slots for the gigs to local musicians. I know how hard it is to get on good shows in your own city, because so many are sewn up by national agencies, sometimes on a pay-to-play basis. FTS.
1) Choose your closest city
2) Find the facebook Event: Search facebook for “jon gomm live in [city]”, or click the link below
3) On the Event page, post a link to a piece of your work on youtube/soundcloud, and a contact email address
4) Please ask your friends to Like your post!
I will listen to as many entries as humanly possible starting at the top of the Event page, and choose one. Solo artists, bands, poets, comedians, magicians... anything welcome. :)
May 02 - Chester facebook event
May 04 - Newcastle facebook event
May 05 - Glasgow facebook event
May 12 - Manchester facebook event
May 14 - Bristol facebook event
May 15 - Nottingham facebook event
May 17 - Birmingham facebook event
May 19 - London facebook event
May 22 - Brighton facebook event
May 24 - Milton Keynes facebook event
May 27 - Liverpool facebook event
June 02 - Leeds facebook event
Smallprint: My choice will be subject to agreement by my manager, my booking agent, the promoter of the concert and the venue. The support artist will then have to agree any and all terms with the promoter of the show. I reserve the right to withdraw the show at any time. Basically this is fun for me, hopefully a great experience for them, and helps me get the word out with local musos that the gig is happening. :)