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Top 6 Jon Gomm YouTube Videos You Should know

Welcome to a new series where I focus on different musicians & their music.

This first installment features singer-songwriter Jon Gomm & his videos over the years. Jon's fingerstyle guitar playing combines influences from rock, folk, jazz and new age fingerstyle guitar into a style of his own.

I chose these videos because I found them inspiring or influential in some way to me & others who are fans of his music. If you've never heard of Jon before, this gives you an introduction to his body of work.

Let's get started!

1. Jon Gomm - High and Dry

This was the first piece that introduced me to Jon's music. A briliant cover of the Radiohead hit song. When I met Jon in Ausria, I got to jam on this song with Jon! Fun. =)

2. Jon Gomm - Passionflower

This song propelled Jon's career into the stratosphere. Great work.

3. Jon Gomm - Ain't Nobody (Chaka Khan)


A cover version of the Chaka Khan's classic.

4. Jon Gomm - Topeka

A piece inspired by Andy McKee's hometown, an imagined take on a place that Jon's never been.

5. Jon Gomm - Message In A Bottle

Another cool cover by Jon, this time of a song by The Police.

6. Jon Gomm - Gloria

My favorite original piece by Jon because of the lyrics and the strong guitar groove. Such a great piece of music!


What do you think of Jon Gomm's music? Do you like it? Leave a comment below. Would love to hear from you.

Best wishes,


Thanks for checking this blog post!

It's part of the new material for version 2.0 of the Percussive Fingerstyle Guitar Course that I teach. The new version is in the works...

In the meantime, you can check out my other guitar & ukulele courses here: Az Samad Guitar & Fingerstyle Ukulele Lessons

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New Interview & Videos from Leaderonomics

Recently, I was interviewed by the awesome folks at Leaderonomics. This was a follow-up on the performance I did with Cheryl Tan at TEDxKL2013. We talked about how I started playing guitar, practicing, creativity and life as a working musician. In addition, I also performed a few songs.

Initially, it was slated to be a one song performance but since the audience members were so epic, I ended up playing more songs! 

Here are the videos. Enjoy! 

1. The interview

2. Hit Me Up [Performance]

3. Someday My Prince Will Come [Performance]
 4. Letter from Tahoe [Performance]


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Mike Dawes Workshop at The Canteen At ChinaHouse, Penang


In 90-minutes, learn trade secrets from an international fingerstyle guitar maestro right here in Penang!

Do you play fingerstyle guitar?
Do you enjoy mixing percussion, alternate tunings and grooves all on one guitar? 

If you do, then read on.

It’s a tough journey being an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist. Sometimes you practise pieces again and again but still it doesn’t sound close to the original. You wonder how to make all those percussive sounds at once along with clear high harmonics and tapped right hand melodies. Are you still just searching for answers on YouTube? How do you do that? How do you make everything sound smooth? Is there a secret?

What if you could get an insight into the mind of a true master? Someone who the Evening Post calls 'Completely Spellbinding’.

Get into the mind of Mike Dawes.

YouTube fingerstyle guitar star Mike Dawes is a young steel string guitarist from the South of England.

Since discovering the music of Pierre Bensusan at an early age, Mike has been completely dedicated to the guitar (along with the more obscure music that comes with it).

Currently residing in the South of England, Mike has been stunning audiences and critics with his guitar playing since 2008. His music often defies description, taking influence from Celtic, Rock, World and Popular music.

YouTube fingerstyle guitar star Jon Gomm says, “’Mike Dawes is a F***ing awesome guitarist!’

Imagine knowing how to get out of ruts. What would a virtuoso do to get out of a rut? Daniel, one of Mike’s students had this to say:

'You're a really good teacher thanks, you've made the most challenging aspects of my technique seem so easy to overcome, and I'm well on my way to getting out of this rut!' - Daniel (US)

This 90-minute workshop will help you get out of your rut and get your fingerstyle playing to the next level. You’ll get to learn from a maestro, understand your instrument more and know how to practice fingerstyle guitar like a boss.

With over 2.8 million cumulative views of his YouTube videos, Mike has garnered critical acclaim especially since his cover of Gotye ‘Somebody I used to know’ became a viral video hit.  

“Astounding Virtuosity” in the words Grammy Winner Gotye himself!  

Mike has performed alongside, and in support of some of the world’s most highly respected musicians, including:

Seth Lakeman
John Renbourn
Tommy Emmanuel
Pierre Bensusan
Erik Mongrain
Thomas Leeb
Jon Gomm
Guthrie Govan
Pino Forastiere
Trace Bundy
Petteri Sariola
Chris Wood

Mike has done workshops all around the world including at UK’s Academy of Music and Sound in Swindon. Here’s how he did:

'Mike, the feedback I've been getting is great and I'd love to have you back next year. It seems to have been one of the best masterclasses we've ever had in Swindon so hats off to you sir...students can be difficult to please!' -Steve, Academy of Music and Sound

The workshop will be a packed 90-minute session with Mike Dawes, up close and personal. One of Mike’s UK students had this to say about a session with Mike:

'He's a fantastic teacher! my mind is still trying to process a mere hour of his knowledge' Matt (UK)

And you will get not just a mere hour, you will get an hour and a half! That’s 90-minutes of wisdom in person from YouTube sensation Mike Dawes.

Mike is so epic that he has performed and lectured alongside Guthrie Govan! Here’s what Rob Chapman of Chapman Guitars had to say:

'Mike Dawes is not only an unbelievably awesome guitarist, he is also an incredible teacher with a brilliantly approachable style, that's why I booked him to play AND lecture alongside Guthrie Govan at Monkeyfest' - Rob Chapman (Chapman Guitars)

You could study with Mike by travelling to Hampshire/Surrey in the United Kingdom and spend over RM8,000 (flights between RM3,000 to RM5,000 and RM240 or more per night for accommodation in addition to travel and food costs). This is a possibility for a serious student but not everyone can invest like this.

Instead of all these added expenses and logistics, we are bringing Mike Dawes to The Canteen at ChinaHouse, Penang.

Photo Credit: The Canteen At ChinaHouse Facebook Page

How much is the cost for this investment?

Early Registration: RM80/per person
Walk-ins: RM100/per person  

To register today and secure your place:


1. Transfer the workshop payment of RM80 to CIMB Bank 07140191594524 (Brian Gan Luen-Ming)
2. E-mail a photo of the deposit slip or e-mail with transfer info to Make sure your e-mail heading is ‘Mike Dawes Workshop Payment’

For any inquiries about the workshop, call Brian at +6012 537 1735 


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need to bring my guitar?
Yes, you’ll need your guitar so you can try out examples that Mike will teach. This is a hands-on workshop so to get the most out of it, you should have your guitar with you.

2. Is there an age limit?

3. Will there be handouts on the material Mike is teaching?

4. What level do I have to be to enroll in this workshop?
The workshop is for intermediate and advanced guitar students.

5. Will Mike be performing at the workshop?
Mike will demonstrating examples from his music. For the performance, catch Mike concert at China House on Sunday night. Info is here: