August 30th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Volume 240, Tom Bukovac, "The Naughty Triad"

00:00 - Mesmerizing playing
04:55 - Yo, it's Uncle Larry / Thank you and Joe Glaser
07:00 - VCB / "Do you drink milk?"
08:09 - "Biggest fear?" / Shopping mall as Hell
09:00 - Guitars that speak to you / Les Paul TV Special
12:50 -  '62 Fender Stratocaster
13:50 - Why are there popular YouTube guitarists? / Comparable level of guitar playing vs. superior playing
18:38 - Lesson: Lower voicing of chords with root in the middle
20:50 - Rare string break
20:19 - Strings and picks / NFL card

Uncle Larry discusses a vast array of subjects in volume 240...everything from naughty triads to cookie dough....

June 6th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Volume 226, Tom Bukovac, "Strat Tuesday"

00:00 - Intro cover
00:40 - Hello, class! / The Stratocaster
04:23 - Booker T. Jones / Playing by ear vs. knowing chords
05:25 - J.D. Simo / Wah-wah
07:40 - Setup / Jeff Senn pickups? / Suhr silent system
09:18 - Jeff Senn - Bridge pickup
09:45 - Bridge on a Strat will cut your face off
11:16 - '62 Strat - Bridge pickup / Vince Gill
12:43 - '63 Strat - Bridge pickup
13:35 - Senn Strat - Bridge pickup part II
14:03 - '62 Strat - Bridge pickup part II
14:37 - '63 Strat - Bridge pickup part II
15:05 - '63 Strat - Neck pickup
15:40 - '62 Strat - Neck pickup
16:23 - Senn Strat - Neck pickup
17:00 - Lesson: Bob Schmidty lick
17:58 - '63 Strat - Neck pickup part II
18:31 - 3-way switch
19:00 - '63 Strat - Middle pickup
20:00 - Out of hundreds of pre-CBS Strats - "this is the best"
20:34 - Senn Strat - Middle pickup
21:05 - Trigger Hippy & Senn Strat story
22:40 - VCB (Viewer Comment Bin) / Expound on Chuck Berry
23:47 - Plexi Soul part II?  Guthrie project, then Dean project
24:30 - Tone is heavy... / National New Yorker thanks and donations
25:17 - Recipe for a good comment? / "Hey Tom!"
26:03 - Flatwounds vs. Roundwound & raunch / Dan Auerbach / Pre-aged strings
28:25 - Favorite album cover art
30:00 - Marshall's hiss? / Some old 100W Marshall heads are quiet
31:18 - Blind tests
32:19 - Tape it
32:30 - Sound wizard
32:50 - Lesson: Capistan reverb sound / Firebird video:
34:48 - Wynonna Judd memories & Dave Letterman

Uncle Larry cracks open the VCB and gives you a tour of all 3 pickups.

May 18th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Volume 218, Tom Bukovac, "The Bad News Vent"

00:00 - Intro playing
04:00 - Hello, friends! / Thanks / Taking kids to school
05:30 - Contest and the myriad of players, even weirdos
06:40 - "Can't stand looking at your mouth"
07:00 - Young gal from Jersey and a TV show
07:53 - Friend's Fender Stratocaster (Black?)
08:00 - Strung Out Repairs - Andy Jellison
10:00 - What kind of fuzz is that? / Can't tell you everything!
10:30 - Favorite comments -> Melodic pickups! :)
11:27 - Ann Wilson decision
12:33 - Producing credits, stepping on toes, and lucky to be here
14:30 - Can't tell a person, "that stove is hot!" / Got to learn firsthand experience
15:30 - Producing for people / Driving or guiding the project
16:50 - Father like son, telling people how to do their part
17:45 - Collaboration lights the fire
18:18 - Involuntary guitar face
19:25 - Bring string bending back / Bending in tune
19:50 - Being in the studio under a microscope / Exploiting weakness / Special person for session work
21:30 - Checking the phone
23:20 - Music style reflects society and how newer generation is growing up

Larry gets a little deeper here than he does on most Thursdays after a busy week of sessions.

a LOT of new viewers have recently asked "where is the tip jar?" when they felt led to contribute something after 218 free guitar lessons...despite Dominic Hudson's best efforts to deter them.

You can make PayPal donations to this address:

You can make Venmo donations to this address:

A lot of these very same new viewers don't seem to know that Uncle Larry made a couple records that they could potentially listen to...
one is an instrumental solo record called "Plexi Soul" that is available here:

another is an instrumental collaboration with his dear friend Dean Deleo (originally from the Stone Temple Pilots organization) that is available here:

and a LOT of people don't seem to know that they can go here to purchase a myriad of Homeskoolin' related merchandise..including several different T-shirts and some beautifully constructed coffee mugs for those afflicted with thin lips...

May 15th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Bonus Jam "Three Chords & The Truth & Some Bends"

00:00 - Finger pickin' good into a bender

Uncle Larry gettin weird early in the mornin'....hell what else is new?

May 11th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Volume 215, Tom Bukovac, "Orange Skin Blues"

00:00 - Some Country playing and whammy bar playing
02:45 - Hello, class!
03:33 - Guitar picks / Rolling Rock pick / Favorite
05:38 - '62 Strat / Wang bars (Vibrato vs. Tremolo) / Leo Fender
07:25 - Talent show at son's school (Back In Black)
07:48 - Lesson: Wang bars (whammy bar, trem, vibrato) and how to use it
09:40 - Floating the bar
10:18 - Different position
10:45 - Setting up a wang bar and measurement
12:10 - Gretsch Sparkle Jet with Bigsby measurement
14:11 - Subtle effect
15:33 - Teddy Boy! altercation / Totalling up guitar expenditure / Brian May
19:20 - Pickup height
20:15 - Thanks
21:21 - Plexi Soul CDs
21:45 - Music City Bridge
23:20 - Go practice!  "Stop watching The Gear Page"

Uncle Larry addresses a major problem in the guitar culture...a complete and total misunderstanding of what that shiny metal bar that sticks out of your bridge is supposed to do.

Thanks for watching kids, i mean it

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April 29th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Bonus “Sideman Blues”

00:00 - Trying out that rental gear

A little clip from rehearsal tonight in the freezing cold at Hollywood Bowl.
Tasty vocals by Nathaniel Rateliff.

April 8th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Goes To Gruhn’s, Episode 1

00:00 - Chatting with in-depth views at Gruhn's with Fender Stratocasters
03:00 - Introduction to Stratocasters
03:50 - Maple neck Strats opinions / Tom's opinion
06:00 - Corey's opinion
07:22 - Greg's opinion
09:00 - Fretboard repair standpoint
13:00 - Comparison of 4 Strats
13:50 - '57 Strat look / Tone control on bridge pickup
16:20 - '57 Strat playing
18:10 - Early '58 Strat playing
20:45 - Late '58 Strat playing
23:14 - '59 Strat playing / Activator switch
27:50 - Thoughts / Favorites
30:45 - Prices
31:45 - Favorites / COVID price effect / Left-handed
39:50 - '63 Strat with rosewood fretboard comparison with '57
40:57 - '63 Strat playing / Back and forth
45:40 - Thoughts?
50:20 - Pickup shootout
52:32 - Sounds - pickups about same / Neck sizes / Truss rod route
57:00 - Lead sounds
61:20 - George Gruhn and electric guitars


As promised, the first installment of what will hopefully be monthly collaboration videos between Uncle Larry and the legendary Gruhn Guitars store in downtown Nashville TN.
This amazing store has been around since 1970.

Filmed on Thursday April 6th 2023

Greg Voros
Corey Terrell
George Gruhn
Uncle Larry

and five bitchin’ old Fender Stratocasters, all with “field replaceable necks”….just like the 50’s Fender catalogs claimed.

March 22nd, 2023

Homeskoolin' Volume 202, Tom Bukovac, "Act Like You've Been There Before"

00:00 - Sunny morning playing
02:15 - Hello fellow Rock 'n' Roll enthusiasts
02:45 - Joe Cocker and "Moon Dust"
05:00 - ' 62 Stratoblaster / Spaghetti logo
05:35 - Middle pickup in a Stratocaster
06:16 - Chess videos
06:30 - Bragging on click-bait videos / Do your thing rant
07:57 - The Struts / Rock 'n' Roll cats and magic
10:15 - Bragging about profession...never talk about it
11:53 - Contrary motion
12:10 - Tuning
12:27 - Playing: Working your way up and down the fretboard
14:18 - Lesson: Working your way up and down the fretboard
14:55 - Lesson: Chord that makes you seem you know what you are doing [x x 5 4 2 2]
15:52 - Guthrie Trapp and his playing

An early morning slab board and coffee infused rant from your weird old uncle.

February 27th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Volume 194, Tom Bukovac, "The Unseen World"

00:00 - Some plucking around
01:30 - Hello, everyone!
03:11 - Senn guitar
03:22 - Paper or plastic / "Save the planet"
04:25 - VCB (Viewer Comment Bin) / '60 Tweed Princeton / Strat and pickups
05:54 - Lynyrd Skynyrd thanks
06:25 - New pre-scribers / Rotten apples and hiding users
07:23 - '58 Gibson EMS 1235 Hollowbody Doubleneck / Story
10:54 - East Ohio thanks
11:36 - Lesson: Tablature chord Dmin7 / "Instant Larry"
12:51 - Shameless plug
14:25 - Outro playing


Monday morning coffee talk and VCB with Larry.



and our boy ziggy at has a little something special planned to commemorate the 200th Homeskoolin' episode

and totally ludicrous as this is....i GUARANTEE you won't be able to stop watching it til the end

February 23rd, 2023

Homeskoolin ' Volume 193, Tom Bukovac, "The Hounds Of Hell"

00:00 - Starting out with the "Hounds of Hell" / Hello, friends!
01:22 - Lynryd Skynyrd love
02:55 - Lesson: Unison bend - you know that one thing
03:45 - Skynyrd using it to great effect
04:33 - "Working for MCA" study
05:55 - Devilish bend / Prog music
06:50 - Lesson: Overbending the root note (Tony Iommi too) / "Hounds of Hell"
07:40 - "Poison Whiskey"
08:45 - Example of "Hounds of Hell" (Poison Whiskey)
10:00 - "I Ain't the One" / Reverse cymbals
10:37 - Good hook (I Ain't the One)
10:49 - Behind the solo / Rehearsal and work
11:28 - Genius example and never the same (I Ain't the One)
12:13 - Weird groups of 3 / So tight and rehearsed
12:48 - The Allman Brothers Band vs. Lynyrd Skynyrd (Don't get pissed)
13:25 - Iron fist of Ronnie Van Zant
14:30 - Back to weird transistions (Saturday Night Special) / Counting out bars

Early morning bed head Larry gets a little choked up reminiscing about one of his alltime favorite bands.

December 17th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Bonus Sandwich “Guitars & Drums”

00:00 - Mesmerizing playing
02:33 - Drumming in the studio with Nir Zidkyahu

The end of this video features the legendary Nir Z.
Pay close attention to his technique…
this is what happens when a person blows past the "10,000 hour barrier" twenty times over.

November 4th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ “A Heartwarming Human Interest Story”

00:00 - Relaxing upbeat blues
01:40 - Hello, friends! / Setup story
04:38 - Appreciation message

Dann Huff is a very special guy….a total class act from stem to stern.

Thanks for watching friends

September 18th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Bonus “B Roll From Giants Show”

00:00 - Footage of the rehearsal for "Giants"

Warning: this one here is ONLY for the real die hard Homeskoolers out there.

Damn near 30 minutes of rehearsal footage....i thought about chopping it up, but then decided to give it all to ya in one big long painful block, so you can feel the slog of a 10 hour rehearsal day just like we do haha.

disclaimer: i clearly realize that there are worse 10 hour work days.....

i'll tell ya' a job that would REALLY suck. top of my list of all-time nightmare be the guy that cleans and maintains a busy airport restroom....there's something about "international shit" that's even more horrifying than "domestic shit".... the worst job i ever had in my younger days was doing carpet and flooring with my older brother was great to hang out with him all day, but the job itself SUCKED.

i also did asphalt with my other brother Mike....a VERY small company in Cleveland called "Perfection Paving"...the only dump truck the company could afford was from the 40's and it wouldn't go over 35 MPH on the highway....which was a problem when you are carrying a hot load of asphalt long distances.

anyhoo....back to today's video...b roll rehearsal footage from the recently aired CMT show called "Giants" honoring Vince Gill.

Uncle Larry
Jedd Hughes
Paulie Franklin
Chris Stapleton
Jimmie Lee Sloas
Becky Fluke

September 14th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Volume 165, Tom Bukovac, “Flutter And Wow”

00:00 - Hello, class! / Video intro about loop building lesson / '62 Strat
01:17 - Loop: Starting the loop
02:04 - Loop: Changing loops
04:02 - Get the bass / Tuning
05:38 - Lesson: Chords and progression
07:30 - Harmony H22 hollowbody bass
07:56 - Loop: Bass recording and play along
10:49 - Getting ready to solo / Looper
11:40 - Loop: Practice soloing
13:00 - Marshall 50-watt Combo Amp / Cleaning it up
13:45 - Loop: Restarting the loop for solo
16:35 - Tone (pickup, pedals)
17:34 - Loop: Take 1 soloing
20:33 - Summarizing

Uncle Larry takes the class along on a leisurely stroll to looptown….with a cameo appearance by his son’s old Harmony H-22 hollowbody bass.

Ampluhmicatiun provided by a ‘78 Marshall JMP 50 watt 2x12” combo with master volume.

If you guys are indeed learning and enjoying these meager low cost tutorials…the tip jar is just a click away…and it’s TOTALLY on the honor system.

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if you wanna buy some Homeskoolin merch go here...

if you wanna buy my album "Plexi Soul" go here...

if you wanna buy the album i made with Dean Deleo go here...

I GREATLY appreciate all the past donations my good people….a couple bucks here and there makes this all make sense, and it keeps the old fridge stocked.

Thank you for watching friends, i mean it

September 12th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Bonus “The Choogler”

00:00 - The work that goes into a show

I’ve got hours of this crazy rehearsal shit on my phone….there are some gems hidden within i ain’t gonna lie.

September 9th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Bonus “Life Is Surreal Pt . 211”

00:00 - Rehearsal for show

Just when i thought things couldn’t get any weirder…now there are dancers!!

See y’all tomorrow at Lucas Oil Field in Indy for the big Jimmy Irsay exhibition gig. 60,000 plus tickets already spoken for…

Should be crazy

Mikey Mills
Kenny Wayne Sheperd
Jimmy Irsay
John Hiatt
Ann Wilson
Mike Wanchic
Buddy Guy
Kenny Aronoff
Billy Branch
Carmella Ramsey
Danny Nucci
Michael Ramos

The singers
The dancers

August 23rd, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Volume 160, Tom Bukovac, “The Honey Man”

00:00 - The Pretenders - Kid play through
01:20 - Hello / Analog Man
02:52 - Genesis and challenge
03:50 - MXR Dyna Comp / Foam turns to glue tip
05:45 - The Pretenders history and talk / Lesson: Chord
08:38 - Lesson: The Kid bridge lesson
10:12 - Lesson: The Kid solo lesson
13:00 - VCB
13:20 - Amp-like pedals / Modeling
15:56 - Epiphone Casino / Choppers and modifying guitars / Tremolo vs. Vibrato
19:00 - David Gilmour / Variation of out of tune makes it real
21:33 - Apple products
22:04 - Musical memory and ear training
24:39 - Hanging out with Ann Wilson

A brief look at some genius shit from 1980…and a gaze into the vast crevasse (i like to say it like kruh-vaaaaahhhhzzzz) that is the VCB

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June 30th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Bonus “Starship Lullaby”

00:00 - Touching playing from the heart

“I always wanted to do a collection of my acoustic numbers with the London Philharmonic…”

June 26th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Private Edition “The Bayou Rocker”

00:00 - Reviewing a lesson for a generous watcher
01:32 - Start song lesson
03:10 - Chord explanation

A special thank you to a Homeskooler named Jewel Chattelier, aka “Bayou Rocker”…he wanted a private lesson on how to play this old chestnut from many years ago.

Thank you bro

June 19th, 2022

Homeskoolin Fathers Day Bonus Redux

00:00 - Acoustic song expounded

There were a few comments on this morning’s fathers day bonus acoustic video that said “you need to do more with that” or “how would you go about finishing a song like that?”


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