You have no reason to care about my opinion on this (in which case: stop reading!) but politics affects everyone, even independent musicians. People ask why I've never toured the USA. One word: Visa. It costs a couple of thousand just to apply, and if you're rejected you still lose that money. Touring outside Europe is a costly bureaucratic nightmare. Within the EU, artists and bands like me can just hop in our rusty old vans and head off to share our music with the entire continent, and get paid for it. With luck you could end up in the hoodie you wear in the Leeds inner city on the cover of an Italian guitar magazine. Without the EU, I'm not sure I'd be able to exist as a musician.
And when extremism is rising, with the political and religious versions of fascism competing to see who can f**k with our heads the most, leaving the union that has ensured I've never had to live through war seems like a risk, to me.
So, despite being an anti-corporate, anti-establishment kinda mofo, who doesn't just talk that way but actually lives it, and with respect for all opinions, I am voting Remain. // #eu #referendum #remain #guitar #jongomm #lowden
The first of my signature model guitars was just finished! I'm a... dad?
I hope this guitar makes somebody very happy.
#proud #Lowden #guitars #newguitar #guitarsofinstagram
I took my signature model guitar on an emotional trip to meet its biological father. Full video soon...
I just found all these letters from kids at a primary school in Neutral Bay, Australia, whose music teacher showed them my videos to inspire them. I'd better answer some of their questions... "You probably know this already, but the scraping marks on your guitar are really noticeable" - Alex.
They are like scars on a warrior, Alex, they are worn with pride to strike fear into our enemies. "Do you make up your pieces? How do you think them up?" - Loukas.
Yes Loukas. I think of something that isn't music, like a jungle, or my bad mood, and imagine what it would sound like. "Do you love smurfs?" - Zahra.
To be honest Zahra, I'm more of a Moomins dude. "Miss Longwa teaches us guitar. I think she is a hippy." - Kylya.
Kylya, if you suspect someone you know is exhibiting hippy behaviours, you should inform the police immediately. "Do you play piano?" - Morris.
Look mate, if you don't like my guitar playing just say so. "Your music performance was great because it made me see a whole different world." - Fraser.
Wow, thanks Fraser, that makes me really happy! "Is it snowing where you are?" - Lucinda.
Yes, that is why British people are so sad all the time.
Nervous? At least you're not playing guitar to me, Pierre Bensusan, Dušan Bogdanović, Erkan Oğur, Pavel Steidl, Johannes Tonio Kreusch, Thomas Fellow and Zoran Dukic. :O
Fitting electronics inside my new signature model guitar, like a vet birthing a baby cow.
#guitar #mod #Lowden #jongomm #acousticguitar #fingerstyle #Fishman #pickups #repair
Been filming for Guitar Star season 2. 💙 teaching. Seeing the light go on in their eyes when you say "Did you ever try it this way?"
Excerpt from the instructions from the guitar tab for my latest video Temporary: “First, tap the two-note chord with the right hand 1st and 2nd fingers. Now retune the 1st string down a wholetone, and simultaneously slide your right hand 1st finger down two frets.
Finally, it's crossed hands time again: The harmonics that finish the song are sounded by plucking the strings with the right hand at around the 5th fret, while touching the 12th fret harmonic nodes with the left hand 4th finger.
Now untangle yourself, take a breath, and try again!”
It's here! The Lowden "Hybrid Top" Jon Gomm Signature Model. So happy! Learn more at jongomm.com/guitar
London: Free tickets! I'm gonna be playing a short set at King's Place next Saturday lunchtime, as part of the filming for series 2 of Guitar Star. We kinda need a crowd.
Use the promo code JGPRIORITY to be bumped to the front of the queue.
I'm so conflicted about wanting as many people to hear my music as possible, and not wanting to measure my worth, or my music's worth by the recognition of others.
But I just love reading people's reactions. I guess, music is communication. If I can transmit a complex feeling into the mind of another person, then I'm satisfied.
Anyway, thanks for sharing my new video 'Temporary'. Over 100,000 plays in two days is absolutely f*cking staggering. My mum is delighted.
Today is New Video Day! Link to full video in my bio. Hope you like it. I did my best.
You'd better warm up your eyes and ears this weekend, cos I'm uploading a new video Monday morning.
Eeep! Big news coming soon... #bunintheoven (Announcement on Monday will be a mailing list exclusive. Sign up at jongomm dot com)
GUITAR FACE. Do you have a guitar face? SHOW ME YOUR GURN.
"Different guitar tunings are like background colours in a painting - it makes light things sound dark & dark things light." Read the rest of my interview with Ultimate Guitar at http://j.mp/GommUG