There were 14 posts tagged: Piano

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October 26th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Bonus “Try To Name This Tune WITHOUT Looking At The Comments”

00:00 - Guess the song

Apologies to Gordon Mote

This one goes out to Marlon and Miss Melissa….

August 15th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Abstract Vignette #2

00:00 - Piano busking / Interesting things in life

Be the ball Danny….be the ball…

August 11th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Bonus “Food For Thought”

00:00 - Piano playing of strange chord progression

We have all heard this song a million times….it was a huge hit record. One of Sting’s most genius moments in his absolutely amazing career.

“Don’t Stand So Close To Me” by the Po-lice….

But have you ever noticed how fucking weird the chord changes are???

The end of the chorus literally jumps from an Ab major to a cold D maj that starts the verse

Verse is Dmaj to F# min which is pretty normal….then the chorus jumps to C
#maj to G#maj….. But then BACK TO D??

Its easy to be “weird”….but real genius is being able to do something totally weird and totally unique that sounds completely normal…and is a hit record

April 24th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Studio Update, “The Amazing Dawgs”

00:00 - Session playing

The crude early stages of trying to fashion some weird random thoughts into some sort of song with Ann Wilson and her band “The Amazing Dawgs” …

Ok, first off, who came up with that name?? and even more amazing is the fact that we all agreed to it…

Tony the bass player has been seriously considering getting the words “Amazing Dawg” tattooed on his arm….but there have been a few threats that the band name might get changed at some point…i personally kinda like it because its just so unbelievably dumb.

I want to sincerely thank all of you guys for watching the channel and for all the kind donations…99.8 percent of you people are absolute sweethearts…

April 12th, 2022

0:23 / 1:45 Homeskoolin’ Bonus “Here’s How I Meant To Play It”

00:00 - Gordon Mote playing "That's What Friends Are For", correctly.

The madman himself….filmed a week ago the very morning of my eventual demise….sure it’s easy for HIM!

February 6th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Volume 126, Tom Bukovac, “A Hillbilly’s Approach To Major Tonality”

00:00 - Slow intro playing
02:45 - Deluxe Reverb / Covid / Thanks
04:29 - Bob Ezrin / Peter Gabriel / Tony Levin / Sting
08:40 - Sessions, voicing chords
09:54 - Chords and "bonus notes" (Tim Lauer - keyboards)
12:25 - Staying away from chords
13:29 - Piano voicings and extensions
18:46 - Gibson Les Paul setup
19:21 - Return to chords and voicings
20:20 - Internet at Bukovac house
20:45 - Expand your chords
21:10 - Guitar tuned
22:58 - Dean DeLeo signing CDs

Uncle Larry on day 4 of having Covid, gettin’ all deep and probably pissing some more people off, as usual

correction....Allan Schwartzberg played drums on the first PG solo album, not Jerry Marotta...
also, please note I named every song on that album from memory except..."Waiting For The Big One" hahaaaa

November 9th, 2021

Homeskoolin’ “Hot Chick With A Bucket”

00:00 - Beautiful roots playing
02:33 - Guthrie Trapp
05:19 - Fiddle stuff / Drone playing
07:11 - Piano, melody notes in between
08:20 - Contest

A brief foray into droning strings and acoustic moods….y’all gotta check out Guthrie’s “Guitar Night” gig…don’t worry I’m gonna help them come up with a better name for it.

April 29th, 2021

Homeskoolin’ Session Update, “A Pretty Good Ear”

00:00 - Gordon finds each note on keyboard that Tom plays (Perfect pitch)

Thursday 4/29/21 at Oceanway Studio in Nashville. My dear friend and legendary piano man Gordon Mote indulging me in another one of my silly childish games.

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February 12th, 2021

Homeskoolin’ Session Update “Pharoah Manganese”

00:00 - Gordon and piano playing

Feb 12 2021....Soundstage studios in Nashville.
Gordon Mote on the was a day of song demos for dear Brandon Hood and Philbilly.
Band was:
Chris Mchugh on drums
Bruce Bouton on steel
Mark Hill on bass
Troy Lancaster on electric
Brandon Hood on acoustic

Engineering staff was Drew Bollman and Cam

July 22nd, 2020

Homeskoolin’ Volume 56, Tom Bukovac, “Simple Cleveland Man”

00:00 - Lynyrd Skynyrd - Simple Man Intro
01:07 - Hello, class!
02:20 - "VCB" - Viewer Comment Bin
02:56 -  Chord, melody tangents
06:46 - Live vs Studio playing
08:05 - Homeskoolin' song decisions
08:49 - Simple Man lesson (the lift)

A brief examination of an otherworldly occurrence that took place near Jacksonville Florida almost 50 years ago.

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July 4th, 2020

Homeskoolin’ Volume 50, Tom Bukovac, “Uncle Sam Larry”

00:00 - Intro tricky loop jam
01:15 - Hello, class!
03:38 - Viewer Comment Bin / Front burner
04:02 - The word "hype" / Find stuff on your own
07:10 - Thumbs down / Deep feelings
08:17 - Guitar seat / 1 false move from being laid out for days
09:06 - Newer music you like? Church of the Cosmic Skulls
11:11 - Crazy loop lesson

Some brief advice regarding hype, the great killer of joy in music.

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June 19th, 2020

Homeskoolin’ Volume 42, Tom Bukovac, “The Genius of Gordon Mote”

00:00 - Introduction and interview of Gordon Mote

A chat with one of the most fascinating musicians and fascinating people i have ever known. Well class, everything i always preach to you about...touch, feel, phrasing....its all here in spades....hope you enjoy.

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June 2nd, 2020

Homeskoolin’ Volume 37, Tom Bukovac, “Solid Gold Party Rock”

00:00 - Intro Robert John - Sad Eyes jam
02:42 - Hello, class!
06:35 - Viewer Comment Bin / If I wasn't a session man?
07:59 - Dynamics and touch
10:54 - Confidence
12:28 - Sound in your head
15:01 - Improvising and melody
19:34 - Sad Eyes lesson

A brief look at a 70s AM classic and a walk through the always entertaining viewer comment bin.  Homeskoolin' T shirts available at if you like the show, PayPal tip jar:

April 8th, 2020

Homeschoolin' Volume 1, Tom Bukovac, "Read The Room"

00:00 Theme song to Puppy Dog Pals
00:14 Introduction
00:38 Change the name of the show
02:31 What's it like to be a session man
10:09 Piano / Organ Players
12:41 Music lesson

Exploring the ancient link between a session man and a plumber.

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