Witness Jon Gomm's mind-bending, tuning peg-twisting acoustic technique in new single Cocoon

Fingerstyle virtuoso Jon Gomm has released the video for his new single, Cocoon, which puts his ridiculously advanced acoustic guitar technique, highlighted by some expert tuning-peg twisting, on full display.

You can check out the incredible performance, which also includes plenty of tapped notes and chords and percussive knocks on the guitar body, above.

The track is taken from Gomm’s upcoming album, The Faintest Idea, due October 16 on Kscope Records, and the clip was filmed by the Samsara Collective at Niamos Radical Arts Theatre in Manchester, England.

Gomm, a longtime Lowden Guitars signature artist, also recently hinted at a signature model with a new company, which can be glimpsed in the video above. (Do our eyes deceive us, or is that Ibanez written on the headstock?)

In a recent Instagram post, he stated that “The reason is obviously nothing to do with the wonderful guitars. I've been given the chance elsewhere to help design a guitar for modern fingerstyle from scratch, and I couldn't resist such an exciting challenge.”

Regarding his extended guitar technique, Gomm assured Guitar World a few years back that his approach is not a gimmick. “Every song has to have a meaning and connect with people emotionally,” he said. “And you can’t make that connection just by doing gymnastics.” 

He added that his favorite thing about playing in this style is that “there are no boundaries. I can think in any genre I want and try to put that into the music.”

Gomm’s new album, The Faintest Idea, is available for preorder now.

For more information and upcoming tour dates, head to Jon Gomm.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month**

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49

Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.