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June 18th, 2024

Homeskoolin’ Bonus Jam “Nunchuck Sunset”

Chapters
00:00 - Ole finger picking straight to the heart of music


Notes
Uncle Larry rides the subway train through blues town

May 2nd, 2024

Homeskoolin’ Volume 304, Tom Bukovac, “The European Way”

Chapters
00:00 - Picking at the Blues
07:55 - Flimsy pick? / Morning beer / Playing
09:43 - What a 335! / "The Click" and Larry Carlton on Steeley Dan record
10:43 - Ted Williams & Mark McGuire story ("Bat burn")
11:51 - Brett Papas and video work
12:10 - Lesson: Loose and from the wrist
13:43 - "Bat burner" Ted Williams
14:29 - '60 Gibson ES-335 / Thin, fast, controllable neck
15:38 - The Easybeats - Friday On My Mind interpretation
16:30 - House with the pool / Inner Clevelander
17:29 - May have to sell '57 Goldtop
18:35 - Lesson: Cool lick that makes your bass player give you a look


Notes
Uncle Larry pulls out of San Pedro late one night and shakes it on down into overdrive…

This one is chock full of licks you can steal…brought to you by none other than Peter Blacklarge.

Hope you enjoy these videos friends.

April 29th, 2024

Homeskoolin’ Volume 302, Tom Bukovac “Boilin’ Frogs”

Chapters
00:00 - Cruising in the Monte
00:45 - Playing some uplifting tunes with a loop
04:10 - Hello, friends! / Thomas Joseph Bukovac / East Lake Public School shout out / Boys update
06:39 - SPAM calls
07:10 - VCB (Viewer Comment Bin) / Pete Townshend or Rose
07:41 - Hardest thing you had to do on a session? / Sessioneering, being a prostitute, and picky
12:06 - Trippy effect / In the face of negativity and insight into lashing out / Focus on the positive
14:39 - The Gear Page thread twist into personal attacks / Darkness in the world and focusing on the positive
19:06 - Saying something fucked up / Teddy Boy
20:15 - Lesson: Burning fast lick / Gibson Maestro


Notes
I remember my dear old friend Tony Lucido talking a while back about how all the stress and pressure of this modern world just keeps getting ratcheted up higher and higher….

I remember him saying “we are all just boiling frogs man”….

Hahaaa…so can anyone out there relate to that???

…if truer words have ever been spoken I’d sure as hell like to hear them…

Stay strong friends…a lot of this shit is actually not our fault.

not to sound TOO cliche….but like I always tell my boys….you just gotta zoom out and try to get some perspective about where your own personal problems fall inside the BIG picture of real problems….

and you GOTTA TRY to focus on the positive

March 4th, 2024

Homeskoolin’ Bonus “Uncle Larry’s Early Spring Collection Garage Sale”

Chapters
00:00 - Picking a good tune out (Ann Wilson - This Is Now [Tom Bukovac])
01:15 - Hello, everybody!
01:40 - Nicky G / Vance Powell
02:17 - Lesson: This Is Now / Chords that test intonation
04:30 - Uncle Larry's Garage Sale / Thanks
05:52 - Princeton Reverb
06:45 - BC Rich Mockingbird
08:10 - Fender Esquire
10:58 - Digitech Whammy


Notes
Ok friends…as always, the first responder/committer gets it.

if you want any of this stuff email me at tombukovac@gmail.com

65 Princeton reverb…I WILL NOT SHIP THIS…LOCAL PICKUP ONLY 4250 cash…this thing is painfully straight and in EXTREMELY condition.

77 bc rich mockingbird 7k plus shipping

54 esquire …a VERY reasonable 20k firm on this plus shipping…look on reverb, people are asking 20k for refinished 54 and 55 esquires on there

Original digitech whammy with power supply
600 plus 30 bucks shipping

February 2nd, 2024

Homeskoolin’ Volume 272, Tom Bukovac, “Hit It Maestro”

Chapters
00:00 - Statesboro Blues into Bad Company into Led Zeppelin - No Quarter into playing
03:03 - Classic Rock tone Maestro Accordian Amp / Ebo cosmetic magician
04:43 - Back to playing that Rock sound / Thanks
05:50 - Party fun and Black Jack
06:30 - The Cliffs
08:45 - Playing to remember
09:13 - Rebelling against the YouTube Police / Genius of Allman Brothers Band
10:30 - Lesson: Ghostly move from bend to next note
11:58 - Allman Brothers greatest guitar shit
13:10 - Lesson: Half-step slides


Notes
Uncle Larry explores the creepy ghostly qualities of the much overlooked half step slide.

By the way that matchless is sold...

The model of the amp i am playing in this video is Maestro GA-45T with four gold 8" Jensen speakers in it, listed in the original catalog as a "Maestro Standard"...circa 1960....apparently harp players love these amps....harp, accordion...reeds...get it?

Bub always knows about the cool shit.

January 8th, 2024

Homeskoolin' Volume 268, Tom Bukovac, "Panties Applied For"

Chapters
00:00 - Homemade Evel Knievel stunt
00:45 - Plucking that Goldtop
03:27 - Episode 268 and Homeskoolin' Inc. / Hardest thing about playing guitar (bending content)
05:00 - Cookin' with Larry thanks / Taking things too literally / Nick Gordo shame
06:20 - Heavy double-stop tangent into Marilyn Manson
06:56 - Cleveland into the playoffs
07:23 - Working with Steely Dan's Michael Omartian (Omar)
08:19 - Comparison of PAFs
09:27 - Burst PAF (Bridge)
10:42 - Goldtop PAF (Bridge)
11:45 - ES-335 PAF (Bridge)
12:54 - Burst PAF (Bridge)
13:20 - Goldtop PAF (Bridge)
13:48 - Goldtop PAF (neck)
14:54 - Burst PAF (neck)
15:47 - ES-335 PAF (neck)
16:33 - Goldtop PAF (neck)
18:11 - Burst PAF (Bridge)
18:47 - ES-335 PAF (Bridge)


Notes
Uncle Larry lines up a couple PAF equipped suspects in a tone identification interrogation...

a 57 Les Paul Standard, a 58 Les Paul Standard and a 63 es-335

We all know that it's impossible to REALLY hear anything in this iPhone mic'ed scenario, but let's just act like we can hear, and play along for fun.

Which one ya like best?

January 2nd, 2024

Homeskoolin’ Bonus Jam “24 Pack”

Chapters
00:00 - Slow and steady


Notes
Happy 2024 to all you lads and lasses.

December 1st, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Bonus Jam “Bet Ya' Didn’t See This Coming”

Chapters
00:00 - Playing Boy Meets Girl - Waiting For A Star To Fall


Notes
Uhhhhh….why the fuck is Larry playing “Waiting For A Star To Fall”???...is this some kind of career suicide or something??

Because it’s fucking awesome that’s why.

One must be confident in their manhood to attempt this…

I played this track for my boys last night in the car for the first time, and they were totally blown away by it…cuz it’s an amazing sounding record that has more hooks than a slaughterhouse...

Rock on Homeskoolers

November 30th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Bonus Jam “All Things Must Pass Out”

Chapters
00:00 - Playing George Harrison - All Things Must Pass


Notes
A little number by George and Dylan...maybe a window to a better time for some

November 25th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Saturday Pedal Shootout For Nobels Lovers

Chapters
00:00 - Comparison Nobels
01:50 - Clean sound
02:11 - New Nobels pedal
02:49 - Old Nobels pedal
03:40 - Old higher gain
03:54 - New higher gain
04:30 - Old, old Nobels pedal on hidden board
05:00 - Vemuram
05:30 - Big Jam Distortion
07:00 - Old Burst photos


Notes
Hello lads and lasses…the kind folks at Nobels were kind enough to send me a 30th anniversary ODR-1 Overdrive pedal to try out, so I thought I would give it a swing.
Tell me what you think.

I realize this subject matter has been perhaps flogged on a bit too much in the past, but I still get a million questions regarding ODR-1s, so there must still be people wondering...so here we are,

The sweet lads at Nobels asked me for a short quote so I will say this:
“I am extremely proud to be a long time card carrying member of the Nobels family, the finest overdrive pedals ever made”

November 22nd, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Bonus Jam “Oven Roasted Turkey Hollowbody”

Chapters
00:00 - Some light, soulful jamming


Notes
Special Thanksgiving Eve thanks to all you sweet viewers who have contributed, donated, gave all, gave some, watched, cried, bled….wow...what a ride

And special thanks to Folkway music for sending some of those badass thin picks and a nice comfy t shirt.

In this lesson, Larry skates on that very thin ice between major and minor that John Lennon used to talk about...

My PayPal tip jar is
tombukovac@gmail.com

My venmo tip jar is @Tom-Bukovac-1

November 10th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Bonus “90,000 Bored People”

Chapters
00:00 - Some beautiful plucking into the epitome of raunch
02:23 - Hello Homeskoolers! / 90,000 subscribers and some thanks / Born to play
04:14 - Joe Walsh, ELO, Jeff Lynne gig for Veterans
04:54 - '60 Gibson ES-335
06:43 - VCB / John Lennon's gibberish
07:14 - Love the Beatles / Crying vs biggest piece of shit


Notes
Thanks for stickin’ with me through this whole bloody mess dear friends....

what a ride

in today's news, there are 70 of the original 1000 vinyl copies of Plexi Soul still left...if you want one go to either of these two links...there will not be any more made.
https://thesessionman.myshopify.com/

https://thesessionman.com/


if you care to make a donation to the Homeskoolin' cause...
my PayPal address is
tombukovac@gmail.com

my venmo address is
@Tom-Bukovac-1

October 14th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Bonus “Snake Bite Fever”

Chapters
00:00 - Playing a nice little tune
01:14 - Remeber that song? / Checking in, thank you
02:35 - '60 Gibson ES-335
03:27 - Trip The Witch signed copies


Notes
Uncle Larry checks in real quick and plunks ya out a good old country and western song on a recently acquired snake bit '60 335

if ya wanna buy some signed vinyl go here:
https://shop.bandwear.com/collections...


if you want to hear a perfectly written and produced old country song go here:
Every Which Way but Loose (2009 Remas...


Urban Guitar Dictionary:
snake bit: (adj) refers to any old Gibson ES-335 that has visible Bigsby holes on the top

mummy toes: (noun) the crumbling disintegrating tuner buttons found on many old 50's and 60's Gibson guitars

witch hat: (noun) a hat that a witch wears

October 9th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Volume 247, “Dak’s Blooze”

Chapters
00:00 - Blues
01:06 - Hello, I don't really have the blues / Talk about the weather
02:15 - Thanks (musical ideas) / Writer's block
02:59 - Great song about writer's block (Chicago 25 or 6 to 4) / Tom playing on Chicago XXX
04:20 - New Ann Wilson & Tripsitter - Another Door (new album) / Hipgnosis did cover
05:50 - Signed ZZ Top - Tres Hombre album
06:22 - Slapback echo, "what would we do without it?"
07:24 - Roxy Music - Avalon album / What was used on "More Than this" (Phil Manzanera)?
08:30 - '63 Gibson ES-335
08:40 - '65 Gibson Trini Lopez
09:30 - Talk about the Gruhn Versitar
10:18 - Playing the Trini Lopez
11:10 - VCB (Viewer Comment Bin)
11:42 - Wet/Dry and complicated rigs? No
13:02 - Multi-channel amps? No
13:09 - Lesson: How Tom sets up his guitar rig (important deep dive)
15:00 - Creepy user comment / Clean your car before I steal it
16:18 - Israel craziness


Notes
Hello friends, hope all you Texans have recovered from last nights prime time drubbing.

June 24th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Bonus Jam "Beach Music"

Chapters
00:00 - Slow, tripped-out playing with some frenzy


Notes
A real top down summer cruiser from Uncle Larry after a long but extremely fun week of playing lots of guitar on lots of sessions.

June 2nd, 2023

Homeskoolin' Bonus "Shoot Out At Kalamazoo Corral"

Chapters
00:00 - Intro bends / Hello, friends!
00:30 - Prepared show / 5 guitars and which sounds best?
01:15 - Intro to guitars / Listening with eyes
03:13 - Gibson ES-335
03:49 - Gibson Les Paul Custom
04:45 - Gibson SG (PAF)
05:49 - Gibson Les Paul (PAF)
07:05 - Gibson ES-1235 (PAF)
08:38 - Blind test / Guitar A
09:00 - Guitar B
09:20 - Guitar C
09:49 - Guitar D
10:05 - Guitar E


Notes
Which one of these five classic Gibsons sounds the best to YOU?

1963 ES-335 TDC
1969 LP Custom
1961 SG Standard
1958 Les Paul Standard
1958 EMS-1235 hollow body double neck

a LOT of new viewers have recently asked "where is the tip jar?" when they felt led to contribute something after 222 free guitar lessons...despite Dominic Hudson's best efforts to deter them.

You can make PayPal donations to this address:
tombukovac@gmail.com


You can make Venmo donations to this address:
@Tom-Bukovac-1

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:
https://tombukovac.bandcamp.com/album/plexi-soul


another is an instrumental collaboration with his dear friend Dean Deleo (originally from the Stone Temple Pilots organization) that is available here:
https://tripthewitch.bandcamp.com/album/trip-the-witch


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...
https://dvg-inc.shoplightspeed.com/merch/tom-bukovac/

June 1st, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Studio Update, “Atmos Man”

Chapters
00:00 - Recording a solo for a song
09:20 - Gear, gear and more gear


Notes
June 1st 2023....at an overdub session with my dear old friend, engineer Mills Logan....who happens to reside in a house i used to own many years ago.

Working on a track for a band called Mister Vertigo from Boston.
https://www.facebook.com/mistervertigomusik/

Camera work by Grant Morgan.

Tone courtesy of a '63 Gibson ES-335 in a very "cheerful cherry" finish....an exemplary old chunk of lightweight and perfectly balanced Kalamazoo... built during the often talked about "Golden Era of guitar manufacturing" which took place in the United States from 1935 to 1965

Distortion courtesy of a Gerald Ford era (1973) Electro-Harmonix Ram's Head Big Muff....which Uncle Larry considers to be an absolute MUST have for any guitarist who takes playing the instrument seriously.

a LOT of new viewers have recently asked "where is the tip jar?" when they felt led to contribute something after 222 free guitar lessons...despite Dominic Hudson's best efforts to deter them.



You can make PayPal donations to this address:
tombukovac@gmail.com

You can make Venmo donations to this address:
@Tom-Bukovac-1

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:
https://tombukovac.bandcamp.com/album/plexi-soul

another is an instrumental collaboration with his dear friend Dean Deleo (originally from the Stone Temple Pilots organization) that is available here:
https://tripthewitch.bandcamp.com/album/trip-the-witch

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...
https://dvg-inc.shoplightspeed.com/merch/tom-bukovac/

May 31st, 2023

Homeskoolin' Bonus Jam "Remake/Remodel"

Chapters
00:00 - Continuation of some mastery


Notes
Some people say that a song is never REALLY finished being written...
Larry explores some possible new avenues of approach on a little tune some folks call "Calamari"

May 11th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Goes To Gruhn’s Volume 2

Chapters
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


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

Starring:
Greg Voros
Corey Terrell
Uncle Larry

May 1st, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Bonus “Torch Light Larry”

Chapters
00:00 - A little practice with the big man


Notes
Uncle Larry gettin’ a little blues on with Wille and Sheryl.

Great singers.
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