January 28th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Super Bonus “Passion”

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

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 27th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Short…”Brain Twister”

00:00 - Chicken pickin'

The first Homeskoolin’ “Short”, for what it’s worth.

So, can anyone out there actually play this clean?

I almost got it….pretty fuckin’ tough riff at the end. Ya’ know, i got some great advice years ago…it was something along the lines of “Tom, don’t ever write a riff you can’t play”

This sweet old 54 Esquire chopper in this video is a cherished gift from a dear dear friend who would be a real strong contender for “the coolest dude to ever inhabit this earth”…if that was ever a contest.

Rock on Homeskoolers!!

January 23rd, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Bonus….”Resto Mod Sunday”

00:00 - Kick ass 2-tone Telecaster

Uncle Larry sharing some deep feelings about old guitars.

Some may argue with Larry’s reasoning here, but file it under the age old debate between “players” and “collectors”.

One of my favorite sayings regarding vintage instruments…”just cuz its old don’t mean it’s cool”

Happy sunday y’all!

January 22nd, 2022

Marshall shows you how to make a simple paper airplane

00:00 - Paper airplane folding

9 year old Marshall B’s first take of showing how to make a simple paper airplane.

January 21st, 2022

Homeskoolin Daily Double, “Sentimental Case”

00:00 - Blues playing
00:40 - Hey, guys / 1979 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe
01:07 - Christmas story

A little stroll down memory lane aimed mostly at the real diehard Homeskoolers out there….a rare daily double. Can you tell sessions have been a little slow lately? Hahaaa

January 21st, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Quickie, “Don’t Quit Your Day Job”

00:00 - Acoustic playing and singing

See? I told ya i can’t sing for shit…but you know me, i’m totally shameless.

My son Marshall gets soooo embarrassed when i start singing real loud in the grocery store or in the car line when i drop him and his brother off at school.

I just keep telling them, boys, anyone can be inhibited and shy, but it takes REAL guts to be an idiot.

This one goes out to you Drew.

January 20th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Quickie “Willoughby Hillbilly”

00:00 - Old Country Western playing

Some people think hillbillies only come from the south…

January 19th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Extra Credit, “Two Chord Symphony”

00:00 - Insane guitar playing

Hello friends….just a little clip of Larry testing the load bearing capacity of this wonderful old 58 es-225 that he is considering purchasing…..

On that note, if anyone out there in the Greater Nashville area (or somewhere reasonably close) had any interest in owning Larry’s embarrassingly clean and painfully original 65 Vibrolux Reverb (with the coveted factory Jensen 10’s praise Him) he would most assuredly use that money (3500) to buy this old plunk (slightly more than 3500)…..

Contained within tonites programming is a not so brief illustration of some harmonic and rhythmic possibilities a person could consider while going back and forth between two boring old chords over and over.

P-90’s for life….fuck off Gilbert

Thanks for watching the show guys

January 18th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Bonus Footage…”Straight In”

00:00 - Rocking out

I have only found a few things in this life that are more exciting than the feeling of plugging a great guitar straight into a raunchy little amp that’s turned up loud enough to potentially bother the neighbors…it is simply electrifying.

Just got home from a fun session and felt like playing a little more tonite. Wish you could hear what this little combo sounded like in the room…good stuff.

This is a recently acquired 58 les paul junior into my trusty old gretsch 6161 combo amp I’ve had forever.

January 18th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ “I Always Pictured You Wearing Pants Pt. 7”

00:00 - Amazing guitar picking

Some explorations of movable chord shapes on a snowy day from your totally insane old uncle.

The ‘38 Martin bone in this video likes to go for long walks.

Thanks for watching the show friends

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