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March 13th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Volume 199, Tom Bukovac, "The One Before 200"

00:00 - Rockin' it
03:00 - Uncle Larry home coming / Guthrie studio
05:08 - VCB (Viewer Comment Bin) / Ziggy prints
06:15 - Studio session
06:57 - Favorite show of all / Thanks for this vehicle to deliver
08:30 - Having albums of your own
09:50 - Firebird 5 and models
11:21 - Album joke with guitar terms as song names
12:20 - Prediction of 1,000,000 subscribers / Keeping it real
13:20 - Return of Rolling Rock, but prefer beer in general
13:45 - YouTube is the only one worth as shit part II / Mercedes clock
15:10 - BTPA cables
15:28 - Cream & Eric Clapton / How music makes a person feel
17:18 - New viewers and comments
18:00 - KISS / Ace Frehley - Rip It Out
19:20 - 200th episode / Going from Major to minor


Uncle Larry reminisces fondly about today's studio happenings and stuffs his arm way up inside the VCB pipe to remove some clogged comments.

Thanks for watching the show people...we got a pretty good thing going here.

...and speaking of good things, check out this bad boy

Steve Cox....a dear old friend from Cleveland,
He taught a young Uncle Larry some very valuable musical lessons back when Larry was just a mixed up kid living in some shit rental house with a carpeted kitchen in Antioch.
I owe Steve a lot.....i still use some of the things he showed me on a daily basis...and ol' Larry never forgets anyone who helped him anywhere along "the journey".

March 12th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Volume 198, Tom Bukovac "Ember Red Destruction Machine"

00:00 - Boogie with some Rolling slide guitar
02:20 - Just Larry / No NFL / CD Collection / 80,000 Subscribers
03:39 - Michael Rhodes funeral
05:20 - Guthrie and album completion
05:55 - New Morgan Wallen record
07:00 - Favorite question: Every band or artist everyone likes except you?
08:38 - BTPA Cables - really cool
09:25 - VCB (Viewer Comment Bin) / CDs / David and David
10:58 - Reaching far for an audience / YouTube is the only Social Media outlet worth a shit
12:00 - Newfoundland customs agent story
13:42 - '66 Gibson Firebird, non-reverse, P90, destruction machine
14:22 - 3rd & Lindsley remix DVD coming out


Uncle Larry gets busy with a tweed big box Tremolux with the channels jumped by a high quality BTPA cable.

and totally unrelated....great example of what I'm always talking about in terms of getting on a cool part and STAYING WITH IT...if you ever deviate from it there better be a DAMN GOOD reason.

March 8th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Volume 197, Tom Bukovac, "Disraeli Beers"

00:00 - Vocal leading song
00:00 - Harmony H1260 Sovereign converted by James Burkett comparison
01:10 - Original Harmony Sovereign
02:22 - VCB (Viewer Comment Bin) / L6-S (not pissing anyone off)
02:52 - James Burkett Harmony / Amazing picking
04:20 - Comment Bin / Ned Steinberger and planet waves capo / Phenomenon movie
05:30 - Manic Mechanic and Irsay gig / Billy Gibbons story
06:30 - Steve Farrone drummer / Session hire
07:00 - 1958 Flying Vs and Explorers
08:26 - Neil Peart / Stewart Copeland
09:53 - Ovation Breadwinner
10:42 - Ginger Baker and pissing people off / Cream
12:25 - Later school start time
12:54 - Stephen Stills rips into Billy Branch
13:25 - Show demographic
14:10 - Toast and vacuums (V15)
15:35 - IQ and voice leading / Smart people
16:43 - Richie Hayward and Little Feat
17:00 - Fender Mustang ugly?
17:25 - Lesson: Hard picking scale
18:30 - Gear doesn't matter?

I tried to post this this morning before work, but the upload failed...but here we go, 8 hours later...

March 1st, 2023

Homeskoolin' Bonus Jam "Ipswich Suffolk Foxhall Ditton Surrey On The Thames Blues"

00:00 - Working those fingers with a little reverb.

Uncle Larry tries to get blood out of a Firebird.

February 9th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ “EXTREMELY Rare and Unexpected Gear Related Bonus Video”

00:00 - Hello, friends! / Mini-humbuckers vs. Firebird pickups
01:25 - Mini-humbucker, bridge, tone on 10 demo (Les Paul)
02:36 - Firebird pickup, bridge, tone on 10 demo (Firebird)
03:30 - What do we notice? / Differences
04:06 - Nobels & Firebird pickup
05:00 - Nobels & Mini-humbucker

Your dear uncle shines some light on the age old comparison between “firebird pickups” and “regular mini humbuckers” as they are known on the street.

so...what do YOU hear dear Homeskoolers??

Test notes:
a) both guitars tuned down a half step and outfitted with only the finest roundwound strings.

b) a 1954 fender tweed deluxe vacuum tube amplifier and a no-balls odr-1 overdrive pedal were used as a control.

October 9th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Volume 166, Tom Bukovac, “And Your Bird Is Too Bright”

00:00 - Funky playing on the bass
04:06 - Hello, class! / Loop
04:42 - ZZ Top swag / Sessions
05:32 - Lesson: Loop chords and little tablature
06:41 - Overdubbing loop and hitting out of the park
11:00 - Insight thoughts during playing / Motif or theme
11:54 - Steve Hackett and certain tricks / decending 6ths
13:35 - Firebird guitars / Brightness 250k vs 500k pots

I took a brief hiatus from some heavy gambling to film this little odyssey…this one goes out to Ray Dietrich…who changed the world forever in October of 1962…exactly 60 years ago…wow

Big thanks to all those who watch regularly and steal all my licks and concepts…use them in good health my friends.

Today’s amplification provided by Benson Electronics from Portland Oregon…the model is a very limited run of 3x10 tweed Bandmaster clones they recently made called a “Benmaster”

somewhat inconsequential side note:
3:04 to 3:06 is a good illustration of the kind of musical "telepathy" that can only come from one person...(the subconscious break in the rhythm in EXACTLY the same spot on both instruments)...that kinda shit fascinates me.

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September 30th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Bonus “Uncle Larry's Spooky Fall Garage Sale”

00:00 - Beautiful playing
04:11 - Hello, Homeskoolers! / Greetings / Folkway Music
05:18 - '64 Firebird III / Chopper bridge
06:00 - Tour / Football / Gear / '63 Gibson 335
08:11 - Garage Sale

Many ideas went through my head about what to name this video……

“Evidence Of Autumn” (maybe a little too inside)
“Desert Sand Man” (cuz i can never resist any Pre-CBS related pun.....)

but anyhoo, email me at if you want any of this stuff. this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.....i have got WAY too much gear. Every few years I do a massive purge in an attempt to simplify my life...i'm sure some of you out there know the feeling and can relate.

PRS Cleveland one of a kind my knowledge the only single pickup PRS ever made...constructed of super lightweight Korina, with an old Dimarzio Super Distortion humbucker $5000.00

1978 BC Rich Super Eagle, you already know how hard these original ones are to find

1964 Vox AC30 JMI grey panel factory top boost with original trannies and silver dogs...the classic AC30 sound in spades $3500.00

1962 Fender Brown Deluxe recovered and regrilled…original trannies and a high dollar brand new Celestion Gold speaker ....this thing sounds really really good

1960 Fender Duo Sonic in desert sand finish

1966 Fender Duo Sonic II in dakota red

1957 Supro Ozark with sandwich pickup

1960’s Teisco TG-1 with built in amp

1) Buyer pays actual shipping
2) Sorry to all my beloved international Homeskoolers, but I'm only doing domestic U.S. shipping on these guitars

September 18th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Bonus “The Birdman”

00:00 - Funky little loop play through

Uncle Larry tries to make contact with all the dead satellites and other junk that travels through space.

June 29th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Volume 154, Tom Bukovac, “Plex Soul”

00:00 - Some rockin' intro playing
01:58 - Hello, friends!
03:39 - '65 Firebird red
04:26 - Playing keyboards
05:51 - Lesson (Echoplex gain) / Contest

Uncle Larry in a brand new green Homeskoolin’ t….damn this thing is soooo comfy…it’s like wearing a cloud.

A brief dissertation on the power of blowing up the input of an old Fender amp with the right stuff.

Totally unrelated, one of my biggest pet peeves in this world is this… when you see a thumbnail for a youtube video that has some kind of amazing photo….but then when you actually watch that video there is not a single thing in the video that even shows the photo they used in the thumbnail.

I fucking HATE that false advertising bullshit….there should be laws against this.

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March 2nd, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Bonus Jam, “The Bird Returns To The Place It Originally Returned To”

00:00 - Rockin' the Firebird

A little Cleveland raunch for all you Homeskoolers out there.

I call this one “Give Me All Your Hot Blooded Blue Mornings For You”

Thank you for watching the show.

December 27th, 2021

Homeskoolin’ Sunday Night Freak Out

00:00 - Amazing playing

A little joyous late night woodshedding after winning a grand on Dallas tonite haha….as usual, i just try to get lost and explore some new territory. Once in a while when i get lucky while practicing i feel like i stumble onto some shit i’ve never done before. Maybe it’s all an illusion.

Thanks for supporting the channel friends….i can’t tell you how much the kind words mean to me. I SINCERELY appreciate the paypal donations and the positive reviews of Trip The Witch and Plexi Soul records.

Hope you guys have a great week

This was a 64 firebird V through a 68 50 watt plexi that used to belong to the great Paul Allen.

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August 10th, 2021

Homeskoolin’ Bonus Loop Only For You To Practice To

00:00 - Track to play along

Ya know guys, when my solo record comes out very soon, theres gonna be TWO VERSIONS of it….one is the actual record, and the other one is gonna be the same songs but with my solos taken off so you can play along. In honor of that, here is the loop only from tonights broadcast you can jam to. This was two tracks of my red Firebird and one track of me on my 66 P bass.

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July 17th, 2021

Homeskoolin’ Volume 107, Tom Bukovac, “Penalty Kick Blues”

00:00 - Texan blues intro
01:14 - Hello, class!
01:48 - NAMM show
02:19 - Health concern addressed
02:50 - Viewer Comment Bin / Busy
03:04 - Mystery project
03:57 - Soccer
05:06 - Yola - Stand For Myself (acoustic intro)
05:56 - Ann Wilson gigs
06:50 - Effects loop vs. plugging into amp
07:54 - Albums coming out / Uncle Larry Album
09:08 - Gibson Firebird
09:27 - Mutant hybrid picking / 4ths / Thumb picking
10:23 - Chords and polychords
11:14 - Neck pickup soloing jam
11:30 - 100k pots / 'The heavens parted and God said...this is your Firebird'

Hey guys….if you’re looking for a SUPER COOL place to take your kids for an afternoon, you gotta take them to the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville. You’re not gonna see a bunch of old Chevelles and the ordinary old car stuff, this place is jam packed with rare and exotic vehicles from all over the world….its a nice quiet peaceful calming afternoon, kind of like a NAMM show right?
You might even see Uncle Larry and his two sweet boys there.

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June 26th, 2021

Homeskoolin’ Updates From The Road, “Blues For Matt Mallet”

00:00 - PLaying intro (tapping / pull-offs)
00:55 - Hello / Update
03:33 - Outro playing
03:51 - Gibson Firebird / Duesenberg Session Man love

Hello my dear Homeskoolers….i feel like i don’t say it enough, but i greatly appreciate the honest heartfelt support of the channel.
Hope you guys know that.

Here’s another stream of consciousness ramble from a shady hotel somewhere real close to a Denny’s.

Fuck off Silviu

April 25th, 2021

Homeskoolin’ Volume 103, Tom Bukovac, “Herkermer Pushbroom”

00:00 - Def Leppard - Bringin On The Heartbreak intro
01:32 - Hello, class! / Genius guitar parts
02:26 - House party / Rolling Stones / Fine music
03:56 - Busy schedule
04:25 - VCB / Play what the song needs
06:50 - Wish some songs were different / Suggestions
07:36 - Major and minor connection - "Not how I approach" lesson
09:15 - Rare gear exception - Speakers / Pickups
11:50 - '51 Fender Precision Bass / 1st year for fretted bass

A brief chat on the art of making records and a look into the VCB

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December 6th, 2020

Homeskoolin’ Volume 82, Tom Bukovac, “Ph-ph-ph-ph-phases”

00:00 - Slow jazzy intro
00:24 - Hello, class!
01:16 - Phase shifters
02:54 - MXR Phase 90 demo
03:30 - Musitronics - Mu-Tron
04:00 - All-time greatest phaser riff
05:18 - EVH - MXR Phase 90
05:46 - Genesis tune lesson
10:42 - Nashville auto mechanics?
11:27 - Tweed Bassman

A brief rant on one of America’s great past time....phase shiftin’!!!

Happy Sunday

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September 12th, 2020

Homeskoolin’ Volume 69, Tom Bukovac, “Firebird Lullaby”

00:00 - Beautiful, soulful intro
03:20 - Hello, class!
04:18 - '63 Gibson Firebird
04:39 - Phone message question / Intonation
05:03 - VCB / Frets
07:56 - '63 Gibson 335
08:20 - Gibson guitars and frets / Pythagorean
11:23 - Bridges
11:59 - Chords lesson
16:02 - Tone control / Weapon use secretly

A brief discussion on Pythagoras and his contribution to the guitar culture.

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August 18th, 2020

Homeskoolin’ Volume 64, Tom Bukovac, “The Bird Returns”

00:00 - Intro mellow, bluesy jam
02:25 - Howya doing, class!
03:21 - Viewer Comment Bin
03:29 - How long to come up with jams?
04:25 - Protecting Intellectual Property
05:23 - Gracious manner / Trolls
06:19 - Missing most in pre-Corona?
07:38 - Session, acheiving sound
09:44 - Amp and speaker?  Clear sounds, not too loud
11:21 - Gold mine of guitar secrets / Stealing material
14:22 - Thumb bass notes / Stretching jam lesson

Hey guys....please forgive the slight rattle in the low notes...must have been something on the old work bench/hi tech video production station.

August 17th, 2020

Homeskoolin’ Volume 63, Tom Bukovac, “And Your Bird Is Red”

00:00 - Intro rockin' jam
02:16 - Hey, cats!
04:18 - Viewer Comment Bin / Rituals
06:41 - Copy right claim
08:04 - Humbuckers in Nashville
10:27 - Rock 'n' roll untamed lesson
11:42 - Speed picking / Thumb angle

See guys I’m still writing stuff in here...i thought about calling this video “My Red Bird Performs” but i thought that mighta been a little too inside for anyone who’s not from the UK...thanks for watching the show.

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July 26th, 2020

Homeskoolin’ Volume 58, Tom Bukovac, “London Broil”

00:00 - Peter Green tribute intro jam
02:44 - Hello, class!
03:04 - Deliciously out-of-tune guitars
03:38 - Pawnshops / Cleared out
05:09 - Ebo Customs E-Verb / Demo
06:25 - Viewer Comment Bin / Recepticle
07:00 - Beginners? Intermediate and beyond
07:30 - Jump right in? Need experience
09:13 - Guitar man
09:50 - Shirts? / Wear own merch
10:29 - Quick goodbye / Keep 'em wanting
11:06 - Changing meter, groove song lesson

A brief discussion on blues and pawn shops.

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