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February 21st, 2024

Homeskoolin’ Volume 285, Tom Bukovac “The Top 5 Most Asked Homeskoolin’ Questions”

00:00 - Hello, friends! / Elaborate full production
00:32 - Jacob Collier / "Greatest Night in Pop" (We Are the World)
02:13 - Martin D-45 / "Then I'd be happy" (Black hole inside us all)
03:19 - "What are the top 5 questions?"
  1. "New, cheap guitar as good as old?"
  2. "What New pickups as good as old?"
  3. "Desert island guitar and amp?"
  4. "Will you evaluate my playing?"
  5. "Are new Nobels pedals as good as old?"
04:50 - Today's setup
06:20 - Duesenberg bridge
06:50 - Duesenberg neck
07:09 - Burst with PAFs bridge
07:49 - Burst with PAFs neck
08:21 - 2006 SG Special Lollar P90s bridge
09:01 - 2006 SG Special Lollar P90s neck
09:17 - '61 SG Special original P90s bridge
09:49 - '61 SG Special original P90s neck
10:30 - Fender Tele with '62 and Ellis bridge
11:26 - Esquire with original bridge
12:03 - "What New pickups as good as old?" / Don't know
12:32 - "Desert island guitar and amp?" / Goldtop and Princeton
13:00 - "Will you evaluate my playing?" / Don't always have time / Lessons
13:33 - "Are new Nobels pedals as good as old?" / Nothing as good as original

The title pretty much says it all here kids....

today's test gear...
amp: dead original 1965 Fender Princeton Reverb with original 10" Jensen
pedals: original no-balls ODR-1, strymon el cap slapback, tiny bit of reverb from the amp

full disclosure...i completely forgot to mention that the bridge pickup in the 1954 esquire is actually an original wound fender pickup taken out of a 1960 tele custom, so not original to the guitar, but still over 60 years old.

If you guys are getting something useful out of these ridiculous videos please feel free to visit the tip jar...

paypal is tombukovac@gmail.com
venmo is @Tom-Bukovac-1

Thank you for watching...and i TRULY mean that. Uncle Larry realizes that you have PLENTY of other choices when it comes to Youtube travel.

January 16th, 2024

Homeskoolin’ Bonus Jam “Fretted America”

00:00 - Rippin' it on a Tele

there is always that space there
just before they get to us
that space
that fine relaxer
the breather
while say
flopping on a bed
thinking of nothing
or say
pouring a glass of water from the
while entranced by

gentle pure

it's worth

centuries of


just to scratch your neck
while looking out the window at
a bare branch

that space
before they get to us
when they do
they won't
get it all


January 16th, 2024

Homeskoolin’ Volume 269, Tom Bukovac, “Got My Mojo On Temporary Hiatus”

00:00 - Plucking Beatles and jamming on a tele
04:53 - Intro / Snow day
05:45 - Jim Irsay gig / Comfortably Numb / Stephen Stills
07:54 - Cigarette tuner / T-shirt / NFL
09:03 - '66 Tele & Goldtop / Sex appeal
10:53 - Strings brand (DR Pure Blues)
12:20 - Doors - People Are Strange
13:30 - VCB (Viewer Comment Bin) / Collectables / Topps cards / Beer cans
15:18 - Modeling amps / Deluxe / Princetons
16:10 - Best arm in the NFL?
17:18 - Playing with Billy Gibbons
17:52 - Selling guitar for son / Uncle Larry's Garage Sale

Uncle Larry covers a ton of snowy frozen ground in today’s episode...

the week in recap....plus a few attempts at quelling the insatiable needs of the VCB...
and a little neck squeezin' on 6 pound maple cap transition logo tele.

so we have a lot of new viewers recently ...and dearest Rick Beato told me that the video we made together a while back should be coming out very shortly, so i'm imagining there will probably be a few new arrivals from that world...

here's the real inside shit folks...i NEVER ask anyone to subscribe or "smash that like button"....

if you do indeed learn a lot of stuff from this channel and feel like it is indeed helping you as a player, all i ask is that you just throw a little something in the tip jar...

i'm not gonna lie people, it helps pay for beer, food for me and the boys, bills, and old guitars...that is truly all i use it for....oh, and maybe the occasional football bet...

where is this tip jar you say???

You can make PayPal donations to this address:
You can make Venmo donations to this address:


a person could potentially purchase a myriad of Homeskoolin' related merch..including several different extremely comfortable and nice feeling T-shirts and some beautifully constructed coffee mugs for those afflicted with thin lips...i pride myself on having the comfiest t shirts on earth...no scratchy bad fitting horseshit here people.. check it out at

AND....believe it or not....i have a new website people....an actual proper website.

You can see all kinds of weird old photos there, you can also purchase a download of the live concert i did last December if you like.

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:

October 27th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Bonus, "The Early Years"

00:00 - Bending the Country out of that thing
01:36 - Real quick check-in
02:02 - Old school pedalboard
05:53 - Custom Shop Tele relic / Uncle Larry's Garage Sale notice
08:09 - Lesson: Old Country Western licks

Thanks to Jeff Grossman for unearthing that ancient photo

This tele is a custom shop 2021 "1960 Telecaster Custom HVREL"

which i assume stands for "heavy relic"...or "heavy fake memories" as i call it

Its a super fancy custom shop piece that comes ALL the outrageous case candy...AND i put some good brass saddles on it for ya...you're welcome

October 25th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Volume 249, Tom Bukovac, “The Snake”

00:00 - Throwing down the layers again
03:02 - Hello, friends! / Thanks and session spa
04:45 - Plexi Soul / Guthrie update / Roll your weed / Gate fold
05:38 - Bought holy grail of home recording - Tascam 388
07:00 - '66 Fender Telecaster / Playing and some free licks for you
08:27 - Lesson: Good exercise for practicing / Little finger
09:00 - (VCB) / "Space between the notes?"
10:19 - Rolling Rock fuckers
10:50 - Buddy Jolly - If Tom Ever had a Video Editor
11:45 - Favorite football player / Football betting
13:54 - Dumbest website?  "Quora"
15:01 - Musicians so good back in the day? / "The great distraction"

Uncle Larry proclaims his immense lifelong love and respect for the great Kenny Stabler…and then he also discusses a bit of music...because this IS a guitar channel.

a LOT of new viewers have recently asked "where is the tip jar?" when they felt led to contribute something after watching a few of the 700-ish free videos i have posted over the last 3 years.

You can make PayPal donations to this address:
You can make Venmo donations to this address:

AND...you can purchase a myriad of Homeskoolin' related merchandise..including several different T-shirts and some beautifully constructed coffee mugs for those afflicted with thin lips...

AND....believe it or not....i have a new website people....an actual proper website.

You can see all kinds of weird old photos there, you can also purchase a download of the live concert i did last December if you like.

There are still a few more of the hand signed limited edition Uncle Larry prints that Ziggy O'Leary did left....if you wanna check one out go here:

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:

October 10th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Bonus Jam “Wish You Were Graffiti”

00:00 - Recording of Tom playing with Page and Waters and adding some sugar

Sometime…somewhere…in the very distant past….Uncle Larry engaged in a cosmic jam with Jimmy Page and Roger Waters….

For many decades it was thought that this strange and surreal event was never recorded…but this extremely rare footage was recently unearthed.

Our editors worked tirelessly to restore the tape to as close as possible to it’s original condition, please disregard any signal degradation and tape warble.

August 15th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Bonus Jam, “The Weather Man”

00:00 - Loop with some soaring playing

Uncle Larry test drives a beautiful old blonde '61 Telecaster around some tight corners, possibly hitting a few orange cones along the way.

Dig this cat...I fuckin' love this guy...

i especially love how they put his landline phone number in the vid description (per his request I'm sure) so that he can field phone calls from potential ass all day hahaaaaa

it gets lonely out there in the country...

July 30th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Volume 232, Tom Bukovac, "Ice Breaker Blues"

00:00 - That playing that hits you right there
03:39 - Hello, friends! / Early morning Larry
04:00 - Lesson: Old Larry trick with a lot of Soul (2 chord progression)
06:30 - Thank yous
08:45 - Robert Keeley - Nobel Screamer / Halo
09:20 - Guitar nerd chat / Support your pedal friends
12:15 - Goodbye to Donnie Baker
12:55 - VCB (Viewer Comment Bin) / Jim Irsay Boston gig
13:45 - Peter Wolfe
14:24 - Selling gear? Buying?
15:45 - Car shopping with motorhead Scank
16:40 - '61 Fender Telecaster / Callaham stainless steel compensated saddles
17:51 - Telecasters happening in the '60s
19:20 - Slab board (Brazilian fretboard)
19:45 - Super low pickup height / Selector
20:20 - Mud cap and playing it as a bass / Playing
22:12 - 1970 Monte Carlo

Uncle Larry answers some VCB and talks about his favorite "soundcheck song".

Here is some CLASSIC Donnie Baker for anyone who doesn't know....

rest in peace brother

if you guys feel led to throw something in the jar...
my PayPal address is tombukovac@gmail.com

June 27th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Session Update, “Division Street”

00:00 - Session and talk with Russ Pahl
02:55 - Tour of Omni
04:30 - Little keyboard playing

THE BIRTHDAY CONCERT VID IS OFFICIALLY LIVE ....go to thesessionman.com if you wanna check it out!

Uncle Larry was busy as usual today kids….he did two sessions in two different studios that were waaaay across town from each other.

This little clip is from the morning session where I led a demo session (four songs in 3 hours) for my old buddy Dan Friszell at an old studio downtown called Omnisound on Division Street.

The band was
Russ Pahl: pedal steel
Evan Hutchings: drums
Mark Hill: bass
Jenee Fleenor: fiddle
John D Willis: acoustic
David Crutcher: keys
Uncle Larry: electronic guitar

When I say i “led” the session that means I wrote the charts and got twice as much dough as the rest of the guys for doing so. By the long-standing rules of the Nashville Musicians Union AFM branch 257, every session must have an assigned “leader”, who makes twice the dough of the other cats, in return for going through the trouble of making all the charts beforehand. Also, historically, whoever is the leader of the session gets to boss people around a little more than usual on that day, People kind of treat you like it's your birthday when you are the "session leader".

This video stars the legendary Russ Pahl, who has played pedal steel and guitar on A LOT of records…he has played with Vince Gill, Dan Auerbach and Bob Plant to name a few. Russ makes some really nice guitars under the brand name of “RP Guitars” (mostly Fender Tele and Strats with a few twists and turns) and he hand winds his own custom pickups. He is the living definition and pure embodiment of the phrase "tinkerer". Contact me for his email if you would like to investigate his work further.

And…if you can name the tune that i play on the piano at the end of this video, then I KNOW that you are a cool person

May 13th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Volume 216, Tom Bukovac, "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em"

00:00 - Beatle-esque intro playing
01:05 - Hello, friends! / Fun night with Gov't Mule and playing with them
03:00 - Plugging in and there's no audio (Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs3Yf82sVsE)
03:45 - Collage of sound and loudness - "God's Stereo System"
04:30 - Rock'Em Sock'Em
05:36 - Nick, Audley, Warren story / Dreams
07:12 - VCB / Dan Auerbach project / Guitar shop
08:19 - More testosterone playing?
09:33 - Skipping the talking vs. skipping the playing / Free channel
11:09 - Fastest Tom can play? BPM
11:40 - Lesson: Cascading harmony moving all around and the unexpected
13:18 - Lesson: A lot of Tom's playing style
14:15 - Lesson: Cool chord (Absus/E [0 x 6 6 4 4])
14:42 - Mama's and the Papa's - California Dreamin'
16:00 - John Unitas card

Uncle Larry with the news of the day.

This day.

Summer is here...make sure you keep those ants out of the kitchen folks.

and...everyone knows that chiropractic porn is one of the fastest growing industries of 2023.

this channel is pioneering the way with some cutting edge content.

May 11th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Goes To Gruhn’s Volume 2

00:00 - Intro
01:25 - Pet peeves when visiting Gruhn's / Playing guitars in house
04:18 - Hesitant repair vs. knowledgeable repair (Explaining and educating)
06:59 - Heirloom guitars that aren't expensive
08:00 - George Gruhn and his business
11:35 - '53 Telecaster / Cool factor vs collector's and playing guitars
14:40 - Back to the Tele
17:00 - Stickiness of a neck and lacquer
18:00 - Gibson ES-335 / "Electric Spanish" (ES) naming convention
19:25 - Playing Gibson
24:00 - 1931 OM Shade Top acoustic / Playing
27:40 - Checking on binding indicates refinish
29:31 - 1966 Epiphone Caiola / Playing
40:00 - 1965 Gibson Melody Maker D
42:20 - Gibson Melody Maker
43:30 - Joan Jett and I Love Rock 'N Roll cover (Arrows)
45:00 - 1963 Gibson Special (Lefty) / Playing upside down
49:00 - 1958 Fender Esquire (Lefty) / Playing upside down
54:10 - Back to the Gibson ES-335 / Prices
60:24 - Trivia: Pickup rings
62:25 - Closing statements too soon
67:12 - 1963 Gibson Firebird / Playing

The dynamic trio pulls 7 killer guitars from the current Gruhn’s inventory and takes them for a ride.

Greg Voros
Corey Terrell
Uncle Larry

May 9th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Bonus Session Update “Fro-ceanway”

00:00 - Laying down a solo for the Guthrie Trapp project
02:00 - Rolling Rock and the bottle vs. can beer taste story
04:20 - Vertex pedals (Boost) and The Gear Page comments

5/8/23....Donelson Tennessee

The last piece of the overdub puzzle to complete the 11 track instrumental LP that your dear old Uncle Larry is making with guitar slinging prodigy Guthrie Trapp…which will soon be in a theatre near you.

Co starring Eric “Ebo” Borash, Brandon Bell and the world's lightest 1966 Fender Telecaster.

oh, and totally unrelated, try to watch this whole thing without getting all queasy or getting sweaty palms....

April 22nd, 2023

Homeskoolin' "I've Always Pictured You Wearing Pants Pt. 10" (Rare B&W Mix)

00:00 - Deep, soulful song

Beautiful day in downtown Nash Angeles...been cruisin the old 65 Chevy drop all day lookin at houses with a pool.
Took a break to plunk my old 66 Tele and this is what showed up.

Some folks out there have taken my tunes and messed with them in the past...but no one has topped this.

April 2nd, 2023

Homeskoolin' Volume 206, Tom Bukovac, "Disclaimers Are A Sign Of Weakness"

00:00 - Tinkering around / Loop
03:09 - Hello, friends! / Beer cans / Old stuff and born out of time
04:11 - Old neck, new body Telecaster with Ron Ellis pickup / Thanks
06:30 - VCB (Viewer Comment Bin)
07:10 - Original 10" speaker in Princeton (Jensen)
07:50 - Nobels pedals and no disclaimers / Mini
10:00 - The Klon thing
10:34 - Use your ears not your eyes and blindfold test
11:40 - Klon value
12:47 - Pedal video
14:00 - Randy Rhoads tone
16:20 - Billy Sims (NFL)
16:45 - Todd Sharp - Vacuum Tube Loop Driver


Uncle Larry gets busy on a Ron Ellis tele bridge pickup through a device that Todd Sharp made into a device that Leo Fender made.

and...just try to get through this whole video without bawling like a baby.


March 10th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Bonus "Blues In A Squeaky Chair"

00:00 - Puttin' out some special tunes

Uncle Larry tries to foul as many players as possible on the basketball court....otherwise known as a typical Friday.

February 3rd, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Dance Party, “Mission Impossible Blooze”

00:00 - Playing the blues

Uncle Larry gets way out in the blues wilderness, fighting for his life, out there alone in the devil’s blues triangle where the only form of survival against the merciless blues monsters is to throw my fedora at them and proudly show them my bowling shirt with the chili peppers embroidered on it.

If he can just make it back to his 66 caddy that is parked by the blues metroparks entrance, everything will be alright.

Hey its guthrie birthday today!

January 10th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Bonus “The Guitar Slinger”

00:00 - Plethora of guitars and knowledge

Day 2 of a 10 day Vince Gill session in downtown Nashville TN

Jedd Hughes
Jimmie Lee Sloas
Justin Niebank
Matt Rausch

December 21st, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Bonus, “Link To Live Show”

00:00 - A little Christmas pickin'
00:50 - Friends! / Happy Birthday to son
01:41 - Show thanks
03:11 - Goodbye to Franco Harris
04:45 - Back to pickin' / Clunky switch
06:05 - Refret feel

Hey friends, apparently there is some confusion about how to stream the show if you weren’t able to watch it live.

Here is a link where you can see it.


Also special thank you to miss melissa for making the most awesome Duesen-cake ever.

November 23rd, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Volume 176, Tom Bukovac, “81 Is The New 78”

00:00 - Country pickin'
02:01 - Intro
02:26 - Lesson: Picking fingers
03:08 - Lesson: Piano voicing / Deconstructing chord notes for picking
05:55 - Lesson: Angle of the pick
10:00 - Circle of 5ths vs. Circle of 4ths
11:34 - Santo and Johnny - Sleepwalk
12:15 - Twitch / Guthrie Trapp
13:45 - Lesson: F Chord progression / Playing

He just woke up and his hair is a mess, but Uncle Larry can still teach ya’ some redneck guitar licks while he is having his coffee.

Today’s tone courtesy of a lightly/tastefully chopped 54 esquire and a 59 tweed deluxe.

Probably around 6 tonite things are when things are gonna get cookin' on twitch.com...here is the link


Ya' know, if anyone out there has some nice old 50's or 60's football cards they wanna sell or trade for guitars, please email me at tombukovac@gmail.com

Uncle Larry's therapist suggested that maybe he should try getting his mind off music for a minute, and collecting old cards is the closest thing Larry has to a "non-music related hobby"....

November 22nd, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Volume 175, Tom Bukovac, “Transition Logo Blues”

00:00 - Pickin' and a playin'
03:17 - Hello, friends! / '66 Tele
03:57 - Dorian Crozier jam
05:10 - Lesson: Standard Country progression
06:03 - Lesson: Nirvana meets Jerry Garcia chord progression
06:42 - Lesson: Circle of 5ths (Steve Morse)
07:50 - Steve Morse story
09:00 - Allan Holdsworth

Uncle Larry goes a few rounds with a tricky little progression before going completely off the rails…this was his 2nd and final take…you gotta know when to walk away kids.

here is the link for tomorrow's twitch madness......
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