September 8th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Bonus, “Uncle Larry Plays The Hits”

00:00 - Rehearsing for a big show

Uncle Larry goes back to his cover band roots on a gig in Indy.

Stacey McKracken
Peter Wolf
Sweet Mikey Mills
The Tireless Kenny Aronoff
and many others

September 1st, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Bonus “An Unboxing Of Sorts”

00:00 - '61 Gibson SG Special with Music City Bridge
06:33 - Rocking the SG
12:30 - The magic sound

You thought Larry would never do a silly "unboxing video"…... were dead wrong.

Here’s an in depth look at a 1961 Gibson SG Special I purchased recently from the fine folks at LA Vintage. Thank you Clif

Check out their website here friends:

August 15th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Bonus Jam, "Cleanup On Aisle 7/4"

00:00 - Putting out those melodies

Tom Bukovac

Playing guitar at home after a long day of playing guitar at work...

Gibson SG

May 31st, 2023

Homeskoolin' Bonus Jam, "Calamari"

00:00 - Some guitar wizardry playing

Uncle Larry bloze tru' a couple a changezz...(say this real slow like the Bears fans on that SNL sketch where they eat wings and talk about Coach Ditka.)

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.

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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 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 18th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Studio B Roll, “Too Country?”

00:00 - Recording a rockin' track

Uncle Larry applies a thick coat of oil based rawk to a session yesterday at Oceanway Studio in Nashville TN

Engineer: Joe “The Goose” Baldridge (he gets a great loud)
Artist: Jewels Gold (actual name i'm told, no kidding)
Drummer: Jordan Perlson
Bass man: Mark Hill
Organ: David Crutcher

May 12th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Bonus “Friday On My Mind”

00:00 - Introduction
00:38 - Son, Marshall's new SG
01:00 - "Issues" on the newer Gibson guitars / Sticky neck
02:32 - Greg Voros shows us how to un-sticky a neck

Greg Voros gives us some idea how to reduce that sticky fly paper feeling on the back of the neck of your new Gibson.

March 29th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Volume 205, "The Notes Between The Notes"

00:00 - Little swanky Beatles guitar
01:51 - Hello all / Kenny Wayne swipe / Wednesdays
03:20 - Gibson SG / Nylon saddles
04:00 - Nashville shooting aftermath / Thank for kind words
05:05 - Beatles - Hey Bulldog / More than 12 notes scale / John Lennon sing in between notes
06:06 - Nashville guitar show total fail
07:20 - Comments on originality in music
08:45 - Owning a legendary guitar? / Billy Gibbons Pearly Gates and story
09:49 - Showing a video with good guitar playing? Doesn't exist
10:05 - Best comment?  Joe Namath DJ your party
11:04 - Talking about some pedals / Pete Cornish pedal
11:55 - Son Marshall getting into guitar playing / Buying prebuilt pedalboard


Uncle Larry gettin' all microtonal and shit.....

If anyone wants to call James Burkett and order one of his re-everythinged old Harmony Sovereigns here is his number...(334) 797-6388.

keep in mind he does these by hand one at a time, so you ain't gonna be getting one tomorrow....or this week....or....

and totally unrelated, but fucking MORE terrible news, check this of the ONLY places in Nashville that i actually go to....or used to....
heartbreaking.....Johnny is a sweet sweet guy and this was the ONLY cool card store in this town.

March 16th, 2023

Homeskoolin' VOLUME 200!!!! "A Special Treat"

00:00 - Intro 200th episode / Pacifico and wine
03:08 - Homeskoolin' thanks / Dann Huff as a producer
06:18 - Collaboration and dictatorship / No right way to finish line
12:24 - Moment knew when making big
15:45 - Dann's take on guitar tone
18:00 - Dann bought Tom's pedalboard
18:53 - No greatest tone / Leslie West story
21:00 - Van Halen (tuning)
23:15 - Midrange / Small guitar tones
27:00 - Cool Dann story (Van Halen)
30:50 - Bass content with guitars
34:00 - Most genious overdubbing
35:50 - Great guitar tones / Billy Gibbons stories and Guthrie Trapp
38:19 - Great tones continued / Billy Gibbons - Jesus Just Left Chicago
41:16 - Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Chile
43:08 - 50% more distortion / Distortion and guitar
47:22 - Marshall Plexi tone / Foreigner - Hot Blooded / Greatest power chord Foreigner - Juke Box Hero
53:45 - Roxy Music - Love is the Drug solo
55:55 - That one note of Steely Dan
58:10 - Cooper Time Cube - 100 ft of garden hose (doubling effect) / Joe Walsh - Life's Been Good
63:10 - Steve Miller Band

One of my favorite humans on this planet

Sweet Dann Huff

March 10th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Vintage Long Form Session B Roll "Flower Power"

00:00 - Sessions: The work into forming a song


Taking you waaaaaay back to the chilly cold February of 2023....Larry was holed up for a few days in a home studio out by the airport to produce a few tracks for his dear old buddy Bobby "Gateweed" Gatewood from Cleveland Ohio. Bobby and Uncle Larry have been friends since the late 80's when Bobby originally hired Uncle Larry to play bass in his cover band called Calabash.

Every few years or so Bobby slips away from his cushy life as the mayor of Put-In-Bay Ohio and cruises down to Nashtown to make a record with the Nashville cats.

We are working at the legendary Headroom Studio in Donelson here and the engineer you are seeing here in this video is my dear old pal Rick "Sweet Ricky D" Delima. Rick's sweet wife Stacy helped out on the project as well with some lyrics and backing vox...and some delicious lunches.

Tasty live drums being provided by another fellow Clevelander, sweet Shawn of the sweetest human beings to ever inhabit this planet.

Bobby originally brought this tune in as an uptempo boogie woogie kinda thing...but i thought the sentiment of the song and the introspective lyric "all i was trying to do was find me" might possibly be better served by a wistful longing 60's hippie vibe, with some janglin' stoner we proceeded down that path.

Then later on, after some group lyric re-writing and the addition of David "Bird Dog" Dorn's B-3 and bunch of tasty Haight-Ashbury guitars and some folky holllowbody bass, this track turned out fantastic.

When it's finished and mixed i will play it for ya.

totally unrelated:

Here's an old song from one of Bobby's earlier records (2007) that i produced when we were all very much younger...."Did We Try?"
This track has some bad ass cats on it....Joe Vitale on drums, Will Owsley on rhythm guitar. David Santos on bass, Mark T Jordan on keys, Troy Johnson on backing vox, Larry on lead.

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February 10th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Bonus “Raunch Dressing”

00:00 - Rockin finger pickin / Full-blown rock
03:22 - '60 Fender Tweed Princeton
04:00 - Pedalboard look
04:27 - 80's Super Champ
04:50 - '63 Gibson SG

Hello friends….contact me at if you want the 63 SG (11.5k) or the Super Champ (1400.00)

Gonna be a week or so until the Super Champ is ready to go (unless you fix amps yourself)…it has a noisy tube that i would like to have fixed before i sell it.

Larry don’t sell no bullshit.

Buyer must pick up in person. Cash deals only. No shipping….unless of course there wa$ $ome kind of con$iderable incentive to do $o.....

January 26th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Bonus Jam “Greyhounds On Ice”

00:00 - Space jam

A little jam to calm the nerves as football season draws to a close.

Gibson SG

January 25th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Bonus Jam “Williamson County Blues”

00:00 - Finger pickin' with the best of them

Uncle Larry conjures some Southern sounds from an instrument born in Kalamazoo.

Sorry I ain't been around cats.....been W-O-R-K-I-N-G my hillbilly ASS off.

January 13th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Volume 187, Tom Bukovac, “From The Hills Of Northeast Ohio”

00:00 - Great fun with Gordon Mote and friends / Pickin' some Country
01:56 - Hello, cats!
03:30 - Country licks on the SG
04:35 - Lesson: Sliding 6ths
07:09 - VCB (Viewer Comment Bin) / Best kid books
09:28 - Session musician conversations and landscape?
13:10 - Hunting guitars?
14:45 - Great live band / Fender Blackfaces pointing right at you
18:27 - Tuning Nazi guy / Doing better on sound
20:10 - Agreement on when musicians are 13 and what they are listening to

Uncle Larry likes to pick a simple country and western song once in a while.

Intro footage taken by the legendary John Jarvis

January 4th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Volume 182, Tom Bukovac, “The Great Gear Chase”

00:00 - Mixing it up from rockin to
03:05 - Hello, friends! / Thanks / Vince Gill
04:49 - Bills game and cardiac arrest on field
05:39 - Billy Gibbons story
07:12 - Quora junk mail
08:00 - VCB (Viewer Comment Bin) / Gordon Mote
08:44 - Camaraderie in sessions
11:25 - Paul McCartney
12:45 - New Year's Resolution
13:08 - Kick head back
13:37 - Remastering 3rd & Lindley
14:27 - Fingertip tone / Different sound with different person with same gear
22:25 - Lesson: Pick straight eighth notes and play melody with fingers

Uncle Larry is wearing a hole in his soap box again…firing off maybe even more hot takes than usual.

Tell me this isn't the cutest damned thing you ever saw....what a sweet sweet boy...god it KILLS me.

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December 22nd, 2022

Homeskoolin Volume 180, Tom Bukovac, “PAF The Magic Dragon”

00:00 - Tinkering around
01:00 - Hello, friends! / Storm
01:53 - Gibson 335 (Cherry '63)
02:57 - Gibson 335 (Burst '63)
03:31 - PAF pickups
04:30 - Lesson: PAFs pickups
06:12 - Quacky / Burst playing
07:00 - Quacky / Cherry playing (quackier)
08:09 - More character middle-position (Cherry)
08:36 - Middle-position (Burst)
08:47 - Neck pickup (Burst)
09:08 - Neck pickup (Cherry)
10:15 - Sustain (Cherry)
10:49 - Sustain (Burst)
11:40 - '58 Les Paul Burst
12:55 - Fretboard separation
13:54 - Mike Bloomfield story & why Les Paul
15:15 - Sound of an SG

Uncle Larry discusses some of the more little talked about aspects of old pickups.

November 3rd, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Late Nite Bonus…. “Blues in 10/8” …..a.k.a. “Thursday Nite Slop”

00:00 - Chugging and a jammin'

Thanks for watching friends.

November 3rd, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Bonus “New Pedal Alert”

00:00 - Amazing sounding, tranquil playing
02:56 - Hello, kids!
03:00 - Mysterious pedal / Empress ParaEQ MKII Deluxe
04:50 - Demonstration

If you record guitars, go buy this

October 17th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Volume 168, Tom Bukovac, “The Shank”

00:00 - Bass loop playing
03:00 - Hello, class! / Update
04:03 - '63 SG / Playing
07:17 - Lesson: Chord changes
09:11 - Playing over loop - winging it and winning
13:12 - Thanks

Uncle Larry makes a crazy loop in front of God and Everybody….and takes a ride on a stolen 63 SG….

Fall is here

Chargers minus 4.5 tonite…thoughts?

August 10th, 2021

Homeskoolin’ Monday Night Bonus…”Buzz Saw Blues”

00:00 - Badass Blues loop jam

One of my favorite guitar tones of all time is the super bright razzy blown speaker distortion effect. Such as the direct sounding buzz saw tone on "Black Dog" by Jimmy Page.

Getting pretty close here with an old Roger Mayer Voodoo-1 through an old AC30. Another old pedal that gives up that tone in spades is the old Multivox Big Jam Distortion…although sadly i dont own one. Hope you guys enjoy!

June 9th, 2021

Homeskoolin’ Quickie Update “The Great Procrastinator”

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

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.

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