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April 25th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Volume 140, Tom Bukovac, “List Of Things To Do In The Morning”

Chapters
00:00 - Amazing playing as always
02:13 - Hey friends! / Writing tunes
03:38 - Time constraint vs experiementing with songs
05:58 - Open tunings
06:14 - Play a song over and over/ Tedious, long hours
09:41 - Strings / Open G Tuning
11:02 - Bar chord, hammer on lesson
11:48 - Devilish sounding guitar in Open G lesson
13:45 - Zeppelin-ish song for Ann Wilson lesson
14:29 - "It's all been done before" / Clever ways to make it fresh
15:14 - Great story about Reese Wyman / "Every note was new"
08:04 - The Devil's lick lesson


Notes
1) breakfast
2) put dishes in sink
3) brush your teeth and fix your hair
4) put your homework in your school bag
5) make sure you have your chromebook laptop AND the charger

And then…get out your ‘38 bone and get to work

Thank you guys for keeping the Homeskoolin’ dream alive….hope you are learning a TON from these videos….have you all visited the night time drop box at the musicians union yet?

Paypal tip jar is tombukovac@gmail.com

March 18th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Volume 134, Tom Bukovac, “N.E.O. Rust”

Chapters
00:00 - Country/Blues pickin' with some sweet feedback
03:05 - Hello, friends! / Sending things in the mail
04:20 - Olds Cutlass / Cleveland rust
05:25 - String change / Life is hard enough
07:14 - Time enough to master/expert level 1 thing
08:39 - Harmony Meteor
09:40 - Coming out to Nashville? / Professional musician


Notes
I’m skipping Volume 133, since there were inadvertently two Volume 128’s…so if anyone ever tells you they have seen the “lost episode 133” you KNOW they are totally full of shit.

and...just for the memory books..the first video description from Corona Lessons Volume 1, back in March of 2020, that you guys probably didn't read.

"My attempt at lifting the spirits of my fellow man up a bit in this fucking crazy time of world crisis....stupid virus....and furthermore....

Even though i basically stay home and play the guitar all day anyway, I'm not comfortable with the fact that now i HAVE to stay home and play the guitar all day.

I hear all of you who suggested that I do "Skype" lessons or something...unfortunately this is the best I can do....until i learn what "Skype" means...

and also, for anyone that might be thinking to themselves "man, Tom Bukovac sure has been putting up a lot of youtube videos lately...who does he think he is...some kinda celebrity??" ....keep in mind that i participate in ABSOLUTELY ZERO social media of any kind. I have very strong beliefs that social media is the downfall of all mankind....

although it can be argued that youtube itself is a form of social media, i feel like it gets a pass because it can actually be "educational" ....and because it can actually be "cool"...and unlike the other forms of social media, it isn't a "total waste of time" solely invented to "feed the ego" while simultaneously robbing the world of any of the "beautiful mystery" it once had....

wow, lookie there....my first RANT..."

February 7th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Volume 127, Tom Bukovac, “Local Family Owned Sustainable Rock”

Chapters
00:00 - Rockin' playing
02:45 - Hello, class!
03:20 - Covid and overposting / Thanks
05:47 - Viewer Comment Bin (VCB) / Top wrap
07:45 - Bengals or Rams / Candles
10:19 - Raise kids right
10:40 - Old guitars and the unexplained
13:41 - TV Shows / Ricky Gervais
15:45 - Songs that blow your mind?
16:32 - Best art created by high IQ / Beatles / Get Back
18:11 - Biggest influences?


Notes
A brief foray into the VCB and a little raunch from some old p-90s

February 6th, 2022

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

Chapters
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


Notes
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

January 28th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Super Bonus “Passion”

Chapters
00:00 - Guitar setup expertise
00:38 - "3/64ths"
01:01 - "Raised the action"
02:05 - Step 1...
02:49 - Mathematics of frets
03:32 - Playing the Tele
03:58 - Nut slots and action
04:43 - "Choke"
05:25 - Nut and bridge height mathematics
06:18 - Choking, relief, radius
08:11 - Width / Height of frets
09:26 - Steps from here
11:03 - Fender go to steel? '54 / Trivia
14:34 - "Bend the piss out of the high E"
15:18 - Playing it again / Explanation
16:15 - Continue setup
17:25 - Creasing and stretching the strings
19:34 - '60 Tele Custom
20:45 - Tuning with fingers and playing position
23:00 - Playing it fully set up, acoustically / Tuning with chords
25:17 - Fret end dressing
29:45 - "Worst Nightmare?"
32:50 - Back to fret softening / Fret end jewelry
38:10 - Make your own glue
39:00 - Leather stropping block and chrome polish
42:50 - File and gouging the wood
44:09 - Playing it fully polished


Notes
This one is pretty inside friends….
it could be considered long and boring for some, i totally get that.

This one is actually aimed at those of you out there who REALLY wanna know the inside shit on how that last little one percentile of top tier professional guitar set up and guitar physics REALLY works.

Did you ever notice that any time you see a person doing anything at the highest level it could ever possibly be done at, there is one common denominator you will find every time…..PASSION…..

I mean TRUE passion and a deep love of the craft. There is also deep respect for doing things the RIGHT way.

Greg Voros, head of the repair department at Gruhn Guitars in Nashville…the boy is a true artist, and a dear dear friend of your drunk old uncle….i cannot tell you how much i respect this dude…this video should give you a real good idea why.

Greg is joined about halfway through this video by Lin Crowson….another Gruhns employee who has freakish expert level knowledge of authenticating and repairing old guitars.

Hope you enjoy folks.

January 17th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Volume 123, Tom Bukovac, “The Element Of Surprise”

Chapters
00:00 - Funky, blues mixed jamming
01:06 - Shredding it
01:56 - Hello, class!
02:23 - Snowy Nashville
03:30 - Rick Reith thanks
04:26 - Duesenberg guitar contest
05:25 - Opening tuning and figuring it out
05:56 - Duesenberg Starplayer (Limited Edition)
06:26 - Trip The Witch / shop.bandwear.com / Plexi Soul
07:45 - Viewer Comment Bin (VCB) / Least favorites form of music
09:42 - The best guitar you've ever played?
12:10 - Being a "YouTuber"
14:22 - Element of surprise / Unpredictable playing
16:00 - Paul Davids video (YouTube Link) / "Fuck-off Gilbert"
17:00 - A friend passing


Notes
A brief chat on all kinda shit…and here's all the links you need people....

Trip The Witch merch, like CD's. posters and comfy ass t-shirts:
https://shop.bandwear.com/collections...

Tom Bukovac Plexi Soul digital download:
https://tombukovac.bandcamp.com/album...

Tom Bukovac Plexi Soul CD's (yes, actual CD's that you can play in your 2005 Camry):
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Homeskoolin’ merch like t-shirts, kick ass coffee mugs: www.guitarhouse.net

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August 29th, 2021

Homeskoolin’ Volume 110, Tom Bukovac, “Unclelectric Larryland”

Chapters
00:00 - Bad ass intro jam / Come On
02:00 - Hello, class!
02:58 - Stressful morning / Leo (son) sick
03:25 - Cover tune / Jimi doing Earl
04:42 - '60 Strat / Tuned down to Eb
05:07 - The Gear Page / Thin Lipped Cups
05:52 - Trip the Witch / Jon Anderson
07:30 - Viewer Comment Bin / Football
07:52 - Best 5 guitar amplifiers
09:01 - Direct box
09:42 - Bus story and sense of humor
10:52 - Roland BeeBaa Fuzz
11:31 - Top 5 Worst Guitar Inventions / Thanks
12:45 - EHX Frequency Analyzer


Notes
A brief chat on many things, including hurricanes, tunings, pedals, and people who are NOT fun to hang out with at parties.

Homeskoolin merch available at www.guitarhouse.net
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Venmo tip jar is @Tom-Bukovac-1

August 6th, 2021

Homeskoolin’ Special Edition…”How Not To Use A Wang Bar”

Chapters
00:00 - Good morning Home Skoolers
00:21 - Barracuda request from friend
01:07 - Memory vs charting
02:21 - Chug and multiple musicians
03:38 - Quick story of pre-song exploration
03:59 - Heart - Barracuda lesson / Intro
04:34 - Cowboy G6 / Tuning by 5ths
05:11 - Barracuda - next phrase
05:30 - Lick debate
06:05 - "Don't count it, I just feel it"
06:31 - Next section / 2 guitar harmony
07:22 - Lovely stop / Bull joke reference
07:59 - Back to the turnaround / Harmonic lick
08:30 - Subtle wangulation and mayonnaise
09:24 - 2nd Verse
09:40 - Trill lick or "you're fired"
10:08 - B section 2nd time
10:29 - Bridge
10:53 - Creepy underneath stuff
11:08 - Solo
12:12 - Roger Fisher respect
12:49 - Ending / Psychedelic
13:45 - Cool effect with 4ths


Notes
A brief early morning dissertation on how i play “Barracuda” and not abusing holes. Hope you enjoy.

July 22nd, 2021

Homeskoolin’ Volume 108, Tom Bukovac, “Reverb Math”

Chapters
00:00 - Slow ambient jam
02:17 - Hello, class!
04:37 - Baritone strings / Gauge
05:29 - Wrapping strings
06:28 - Jerry Jones Neptune Longhorn Baritone / A tuning
07:40 - Gibson Eb-2D Bass garage sale


Notes
Hello class, just a brief exploratory look at baritone guitars….keep in mind, EVERY guitar sounds cool when you tune it down low enough. Props to John Scott from Bluesman Vintage guitars in Nashville. You may want to contact him if you like lightweight guitars…the Strat he had with him yesterday was literally the lightest Strat i have ever felt in my entire life…5 pounds tops.

If you guys want either of the two instruments from Uncle Larrys Garage Sale just email me at tombukovac@gmail.com

Buyer pays all shipping


Homeskoolin merch available at www.guitarhouse.net
Paypal tip jar is tombukovac@gmail.com
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June 9th, 2021

Homeskoolin’ Quickie Update “The Great Procrastinator”

Chapters
00:00 - Heart - Magic Man in regular tuning lesson
01:00 - Middle bridge part
01:30 - Separate section
01:45 - Improv


Notes
Well kids, rehearsals for the upcoming gigs I’m doing with Ann Wilson start next monday, so amidst being solo super dad, I am having to learn 20 fairly complicated guitar heavy tunes that you definitely cannot fake (like i do on most gigs haha)…. Factor that in with a lot of sessions lately and that would explain the fact that I haven’t been around much.

At age 52, the goal on any live gig is to bring as little gear as possible. As absolutely genius as Roger Fisher’s composition and playing on this old Heart stuff is, in an effort to try to not bring an extra guitar just for one song, i figured out how to play this amazing bit of guitar wizardry that Roger came up with in regular tuning instead of the way he did it….by tuning the B up to D (ouch) and tuning the high E to G (ouch ouch). Its a little tricky, but it sounds pretty close….the F add 9 chord is a tough grab unless you fancy yourself a bit of a manly man (133033 from low to high)….Roger had the touch, watch some of those mid 70s live versions of Magic Man and dig the way he milks the heavy gain tone with beautiful bends and very thoughtful liquid vibrato (not to mention top shelf pick scrapes)

Once again, hats off to the pioneering creative genius and groundbreaking musicianship that was abundant in most of the music that came before “the great distraction” Hope you enjoy…heartfelt thanks to all those who have continued to hit the tip jar and support the channel.

Homeskoolin merch available at www.guitarhouse.net
Paypal tip jar is tombukovac@gmail.com
Venmo tip jar is @Tom-Bukovac-1

March 8th, 2021

Homeskoolin’ Volume 97, Tom Bukovac, “Takin’ Requests”

Chapters
00:00 - Rockin' intro jam
04:22 - Hello, class!
05:30 - 100th Episode show
08:40- Homeskoolin' beer
09:25 - Duesenberg Blackbird guitar
09:44 - Tuning / Creasing string at bridge
12:15 - Harmonics lesson
14:03 - Wurly effects lesson


Notes
I wore my WMMS shirt today in honor of the passing of Cleveland legend Michael Stanley....RIP Michael.

If you guys have a favorite Homeskoolin’ opener that would work good in a live set please tell me...I’m all ears

Homeskoolin merch available at www.guitarhouse.net
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Venmo tip jar is @Tom-Bukovac-1

February 14th, 2021

Homeskoolin’ Volume 91, Tom Bukovac, “Paper or Plastic?”

Chapters
00:00 - Rock, Country, Blues intro
01:38 - Tom Britt tribute / Open tunings
03:27 - Ry Cooder adaptation lesson
05:13 - Open Eb lesson / Transposing
08:03 - Slide
09:32 - Chords and octaves
10:29 - Tuning to "don't know what the hell it is."
11:30 - Open G lesson / Transposing
13:48 - Keith Richards / Low string
14:28 - Led Zeppelin - Dancing Days lesson
15:08 - Juicy jam
15:59 - V chord
16:20 - Drop low string to C lesson / IV chord


Notes
A free tutorial on open tunings and a thank you to one of my mentors...
Tom Britt

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Homeskoolin merch available at www.guitarhouse.net
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February 6th, 2021

Homeskoolin’ Volume 89, Tom Bukovac, “Light Up The Eagle”

Chapters
00:00 - Hank Williams Jr - A Country Boy Can't Survive
05:09 - Hello, class!
06:39 - Viewer Comment Bin
06:45 - Philly band
07:10 - Tuning
08:31 - Record dry or with effects
09:45 - Straight into the amp
11:03 - Lap Steel
11:22 - Pre-Homeskoolin' - Corona Lessons
12:32 - Favorite comment (Jazz, Blues, and Honesty)
13:45 - Fingerpicking, muting lesson
14:54 - Hank Williams Jr genius chord progression lesson


Notes
A brief discussion on the genius of Hank Williams JR.

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January 31st, 2021

Homeskoolin’ Volume 88, Tom Bukovac, “The Tank”

Chapters
00:00 - '58 Les Paul straight into '59 Bassman / Life, Sex & Death - Tank
01:15 - Hello, class!
03:23 - VCB / How's Farmland?
04:07 - Disappointed teacher?
04:34 - Rare cut / Learning chords?
06:17 - Sports Bar Blues
07:20 - Drummers: Musical vs. Groove / Song sense
09:46 - Casino movie
10:20 - Keeping guitars in tune (always nut)
13:32 - Trivial raffle / Name This Riff


Notes
A brief discussion on blues, jazz and tuning....Cleveland style.

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T shirts and mugs available at www.guitarhouse.net

May 14th, 2020

Homeskoolin’ Volume 28, Tom Bukovac, “Gettin’ In Tune”

Chapters
00:00 - Reggae intro jam
01:49 - "Hello, class!"
02:23 - Covid-19 Depression
02:53 - Yes - Close to the Edge
03:37 - Future of Sessions
05:37 - Viewer Comment Bin / Street Theory
06:19 - Notes and chords recipe lesson
07:30 - Bouncing bass notes lesson
09:00 - Most important part: Tuning
15:17 - The guitar nut / Tuning


Notes
A brief chat on tuning and a few gems from the viewer comment bin. Homeskoolin' T shirts available at guitarhouse.net if you like the show, PayPal tip jar: tombukovac@gmail.com

May 10th, 2020

Homeskoolin’ Volume 25, Tom Bukovac, “City To City”

Chapters
00:00 - Baker Street intro
00:42 - Welcome
03:57 - Viewer Comment Bin / Doing your homework?
05:39 - Who are the Greats?
09:20 - Underrated players
12:33 - Magic Man lesson


Notes
A brief look at the genius of music of days long gone... t shirts available at guitarhouse.net if you like the show, PayPal tip jar: tombukovac@gmail.com

April 22nd, 2020

Homeskoolin' Volume 13, Tom Bukovac, "Dancin' Days & Open G"

Chapters
00:00 - Thank you
02:07 - Coffee
02:59 - Favorite movies?
04:24 - Open tunings
07:18 - Guild Thunderbird
07:40 - Dancing Days lesson
12:38 - Rolling Stones lesson
12:55 - Cool stuff in open tuning


Notes
Thank you guys, I sincerely appreciate this little "Homeskoolin' family" more than you all know. Here's a brief chat on the classic open G tuning after a rough morning.... (from low to hi D,G,D,G,B,D)

April 3rd, 2020

Corona Lessons Volume 16, Tom Bukovac “Harmony”

Chapters
00:00 - Slow tempo playing
01:41 - Hello, everybody / Thanks
02:12 - Knowing the fretboard
03:28 - Thirds and Fourths
04:20 - Old Vince Gill song
05:04 - Tuning
05:30 - Dave Stewart wedding gift / Blackbird
05:54 - Fifths
06:27 - Beatles - "And Your Birds Can Sing"
07:01 - Joe Walsh story


Notes
Pretty self explanatory here kids...
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