September 25th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Volume 243, Tom Bukovac, "18 Strings And A Dozen Roses"

00:00 - Video footage of solo that will go down in History at Irsay gig with Ann Wilson
01:05 - Spinning into playing the Doubleneck
03:50 - What's up? / Farm Aid - Jim Irsay Band
06:00 - Homeskoolin' going on too long? / Thank you t-shirt and vacuuming
07:42 - VCB (Viewer Comment Bin) / "How long to get ready for gig?"
08:30 - Highlight of awesome solo at Farm Aid!
08:45 - Gibson SG and what amp?
09:20 - 10 Road Dog Tips for Being on the Road ("That Dog Will Bite You")
11:20 - "Are you plastered?" / Real tired
13:00 - Gibson SG Special only on live gigs / Continue with others
15:43 - Lesson: Scale chords and moving up fretboard
18:42 - Singing and dancing on the fretboard
19:25 - NFL eletric football team (Cleveland Browns)

Uncle Larry slaves over a hot slab of VCB in an effort to entertain and educate the class.

a LOT of new viewers have recently asked "where is the tip jar?" when they felt led to contribute something after 243 free guitar lessons

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AND....believe it or not....i have a new website 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 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:

August 4th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Volume 234, Tom Bukovac, "Ernie Davis Blues"

00:00 - Beautiful chord strumming intertwined with some magic
03:05 - Hello, friends! / Early morning / NFL - Browns vs. Jets
04:00 - Fucking football song
04:34 - VCB (Viewer Comment Bin) / What is favorite football card sets
05:12 - 1962 Topps football set
07:04 - '64 Gibson J-50 / Intonation
08:00 - Adjustable saddle for acoustic
09:09 - Intonation - "Death Chord" (E with no 3rd [0 7 9 9 0 0])
10:57 - Correction on Marshall amp (Swtichable 20 Watt to 5 Watts) / Vertical Marshall cabs
12:05 - Do you use compressors?
14:05 - What's bugging you lately? Guitar lessons are supposed to hurt a bit - bright light
14:35 - Fretboard Journal
15:14 - 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo / Burnouts and speeding tickets
16:08 - Epic intro
16:32 - Epiphone Al Caiola
17:00 - John Carpenter's "Christine" movie
17:52 - Orchestra ensemble - guitar is a percussive instrument
19:40 - Vinnie Bell and Dan Auerbach
20:30 - Old Ampegs
23:05 - Advice for a certain young guitarist / What level you want to be at
26:20 - The Gear Page comment / It is all work

Uncle Larry slaves over a hot slab of VCB....and waxes rhapsodic about the virtues of the infamous black border 1962 Topps football set.

warning, this track has been known to cause involuntary ass shaking....

June 12th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Volume 227, Tom Bukovac, "Got A Girl In Cincinnatti..."

00:00 - Song and dance, without the dance / Medley Michael Jackson - Beat It
03:45 - Thank you for comments / Robert Baker help with YouTube Channel
05:00 - Old concert programs (Eddie Van Halen photo of guitars)
06:10 - Wynonna Judd / Dave Letterman / Epiphone Crestwood best "chopper" ever had / Dan Huff story
07:30 - '64 Lake Placid Blue Fender Jaguar
08:00 - Cranking the mute on (cool sound, but goes sharp) / Adjustable individual string mute
09:45 - NFL cards (Hewrtitt Dixon)
10:36 - Kameron Marlowe - one-take singer / James Otto - loudest singer
12:00 - Coming to Nashville and getting vintage acoustic guitar with songs in it
13:00 - Watching YouTube and numbskulls who don't know shit
15:30 - "Strat Tuesday" video and joke / Ole Clevelander
16:25 - "Catch 22" band, spandex, hair, metal, glam
17:00 - Hearing damage & wearing ear protection / Hearing aid story
18:13 - Meaningful compliments are from people that don't overuse them / Club soundman compliment story
20:56 - Strat video comments / Rewire Strat tone controls
23:00 - Strat guitar shape & ergonomics

Uncle Larry talks about mutes and numbskulls.

May 21st, 2023

Homeskoolin' Volume 220, Tom Bukovac, "Mountain Larry"

00:00 - Playing the ganjo...
00:40 - Ain't getting dolled up / Deering 6-String Banjo
02:30 - Firtst time heard one / Keith Urban
03:05 - Aftermath of contest / Glasses / McLeod thanks
04:42 - Background checks on people / Prostitution-like
06:25 - Lesson: Little plucking lick
06:50 - What if Milk didn't exist / "Viewer's pick" and "I, for one" / Twilight Zone
09:00 - Graciousness / YouTube channel existance when young
10:47 - Ashamed of the name Bukovac / Rock & Country names
12:15 - String benders need "King" in their name
12:45 - NFL Tops football cards / Why?
14:00 - Playing the ganjo
14:30 - Movies: Duel, Christine, and The Car
16:20 - Assigned Rock names
17:36 - Warren Haynes is cool
18:10 - Reality of stars and meeting fans
20:00 - One song to show off guitar prowess / Guitar center playing vs. Plugging into God's radio station / Being into song mode

Uncle Larry takes you way back deep in the Hollar...

Overview from by the way is one of the coolest websites ever.

The 1957 Topps Football card set is incredibly popular with collectors due to the fact that it is loaded with stars and rookies of future Hall of Fame players. Of the 154 total cards, 31 of the players on the checklist have been inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame.

Key 1957 Topps Football rookie cards are Bart Starr (#119), Johnny Unitas (#138) and Paul Hornung (#151). Other major players appearing for the first time include Dick "Night Train" Lane (#85), Tommy McDonald (#124), Raymond Berry (#94) and Earl Morrall (#104). Collectors often contemplate what this set might have been like had Topps used all of the eligible rookies who had been drafted in the fall of the previous year. Missing from the set are a handful of future Hall of Famers, most notably Len Dawson and Jim Brown.

Measuring, the now standard, 2-1/2 by 3-1/2 inches, the 1957 Topps Football card set was designed with a horizontal orientation. While far from being a new concept, it was the first time that the format had been used for an entire set. Divided into two sections, the front of the cards display two pictures of the player. On the left side is a head shot, while an action shot occupies the space on the right side. Both pictures are superimposed over solid background colors (different for each side), which are set according to the player's team. A box below the head shot lists the player's name, and another one under the action photo gives his position and team name. The back of the cards are similarly bisected. The left side consists of a red football that contains the card number, with the player's name printed beside it. Several lines of vital information follows, along with a brief, biographical write-up outlining the player's career. Where necessary, year and career stats are added at the bottom. The entire right side is devoted to a pair of cartoons that caption career highlights.

Printing and Distribution
Printed in two separate series, the first contains 88 cards, with the second series having 66. It is said that 22 cards in the second series were double-printed to fill out the printing page, one of those cards, number 138, is the rookie card of Johnny Unitas. Generally, high-number cards are a little harder to find than low numbers and, therefore, command a slight premium. 1957 Topps Football cards were originally available in three different package and price options. Single cards were available in a one-cent pack, which also contained a piece of gum. Five-cent packs had six cards and a stick of gum. Cello packs came with 12 cards.

Errors, Variations and Condition Issues
There was also a checklist card printed. It is found with two different color variations. One is red, yellow and blue. The other is red, white and blue. Neither variation is given a premium. Card #58 of Bill Sherman can also be found with the Rams name missing on the front, which is a scarce error card.

The cards were printed on a fairly durable card stock for the era, and as a result, while not easy, several high-grade example of stars and rookies can be found. However, as is to be expected, the first and last cards in the set, of Eddie LeBaron (#1) and Fred Morrison (#154) are more difficult to find in high-grade.

Considered one of the classic football card sets of all-time, 1957 Topps Football is a release that serves as the foundation for any great vintage gridiron collection.

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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 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 19th, 2023

Homeskoolin' "The Greatest NFL Running Back Of All Time"

00:00 - Jim Brown tribute RIP

No one in their right mind would argue this fact.

12,312 yards rushing in 9 seasons

8 rushing titles in those 9 seasons

Never missed a game in those 9 seasons

4 of those 9 seasons they only played 12 games, the other 5 they only played 14...that's 118 total games that he played in.

Jim AVERAGED 5.2 yards per carry.....that is what he AVERAGED friends.

Sure Emmitt Smith broke Jim's alltime rushing record, but Emmitt also played in 226 total games (almost twice as many as Jim) and averaged 4.2 yards per carry.

This video is a chronology of Jim's NFL career in cards...starting with the 1958 Topps Rookie, straight through to his last card, from the 1966 Philadelphia Gum set.
For you diehard card collectors out there, yes i also have the four Fleer Jimmy Brown cards from 1960-1963, but I didn't want to dig them out.

You guys all clearly know he has always been my alltime favorite player.

I was lucky enough to stand right next to him for 45 minutes during a press conference a while back.

Another great one gone...he will be missed

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:
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.

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.

February 9th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Volume 191, Tom Bukovac, “Hats….and Capes”

00:00 - Speed picking that acoustic
00:40 - Hello, cats! / Back to picking
01:58 - Faux fingerpickin' thanks and explanation
02:37 - Lesson: Faux picking
04:44 - Dorito type picks
08:00 - Heavy VCB (Viewer Comment Bin) / Hands
09:50 - Nashville High String?
10:24 - Do you think about Sessions after they are complete?
11:18 - Hardest thing to get across to the listener? / Never sounds like live
13:13 - A conduit for music / Outstanding excellence
14:33 - Eagles or Chiefs for Super Bowl 57 / Wrestling and football players
16:23 - Still recording on iPhone? Yes
16:34 - Nick Drake
16:47 - The right hand impacts the most / Percussion instrument
18:30 - Feeling of throwing guitar in fireplace / Witness to astounding guitar playing and overcoming it
24:00 - Get into character when you are playing
26:38 - Seth Taylor guitar player met in sessions
27:38 - What is the biggest pet peeve on talkback
29:47 - 2 qualifications for person on the other side of the glass (nice or genius)

The rambler….just a ramblin’ on and on…carryin on without a comma…..

Larry gets deep into the VCB

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February 1st, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Volume 189, Tom Bukovac, “I Felt The Earth Shook”

00:00 - Hello, class! / Cancelled school
00:58 - Concept video / Preparing for a gig
05:00 - Chartbook / Laminated paper story
07:00 - Studying the songs / Taking notes
12:55 - Having gear ready
15:00 - Have the music playing in the background
15:53 - Thanks

Uncle Larry discusses some of the finer points of preparing for a common “pickup gig” in these modern times.

January 17th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Volume 188, Tom Bukovac, “Video Killed The Funk 49”

00:00 - Plucking some familar tunes on the Tele
01:53 - Hello, folks! / Boat drink
02:20 - Update and Vince Gill project / New subscribers and misunderstanding and welcome
04:14 - VCB (Viewer Comment Bin)
04:34 - Gordon Mote...amazing
04:50 - New guitars? Duesenberg
05:14 - Thank you for comments and support
05:58 - Right hand picking
08:00 - Never let... [them] ...enter your kingdom!
08:30 - Don't change the channel!
08:43 - NFL Dream Team
09:02 - Gear and sounding the same / 99% hands - yep!
10:15 - Alrosa Villa nightclub playing and Dimebag Darrell
10:47 - Dallas Cowboys kicker / Fucking up on the job

Uncle Larry unsuccessfully tries to transfer the legendary Geoffrey Downes piano masterpiece over to guitar....

It is virtually impossible….i mean, just try these chords ferchrissakes…

From low to hi

C# over F
13,11,11,13,14,16 (this one is a KILLER)

Eb min 7

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January 9th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Volume 184, “Moving In Mono”

00:00 - Reflective playing
04:50 - Morph into Sting - Bring on the Night / Howya doing?
06:00 - The greatest cover songs of all time
07:00 - Lesson: Bring on the Night / Vince Gill
08:20 - NFL cards
09:46 - '54 Esquire from Greg Voros / Playing / Top hat flying off
13:53 - Thanks
14:55 - Lesson: Harmonics
15:42 - Unknown riff from the '80s
16:36 - Lesson: Cars - Since I Held You / Solo
19:41 - The Cars solos story / Band person vs live improv / Test of time

Uncle Larry takes a ride on a slightly out of tune chopped 54 esquire and reflects on some childhood guitar store memories.....and childhood memories of watching Letterman.

Even the thumbnail pic shows Larry in a very "reflective type" mood.

In truth, sometimes (like tonight for example) i don't even bother to tune the guitar before i do these vids....because i usually spend all day at my "day job" caring WAY too much about when i get home at night, and it's just me all alone with my deep Cleveland thoughts it can be very stimulating for me to be a bit out of tune.
It's very freeing, sonically speaking, it's kinda like the emotional equivalent of walking around the house in your underwear.

I hope you guys don't mind.

There is one guy that watches the show that can't help but make a comment every time he hears five seconds of something out of tune on my totally unedited free form stream of conscious videos.  I think he's one of those unfortunate dudes who has to tune/edit/pocket shitty vocals on pro tools all day for bad local bands.

He probably also has a hard time enjoying led zeppelin and beatles records.

I've noticed that some people seem to feel really special when they can point out things that are "out of tune"....sometimes i think they think they are the only people that can "hear" it.

At any rate, thanks for watching guys

If you feel led:
the PayPal tip jar is always there...lurking...

so is that venmo one...

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.

Thanks for watching and supporting the show guys

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December 29th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Volume 181, Tom Bukovac, “Ol’ Number 32”

00:00 - Playing the 335
02:28 - Hello, Homeskoolers'! / Drinking beer glass
03:07 - Special thanks
03:53 - Cherry 335 with metal saddles
04:28 - Sustain test (comparison to old bend)
05:12 - NFL game (Dallas)
05:40 - Lesson: Open tuning
06:54 - Lesson: Explanation of open tuning
08:05 - Lesson: Barring chords / Sliding

Uncle Larry explores some of the potential naughtiness a person can achieve in an open tuning.

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December 26th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ “Holiday Smears & The Mash-up The NFL Never Talks About”

00:00 - Digging down to the roots
04:46 - Little piano holiday music & NFL

Another snow day here in the hood….working on some new smears for 2023, and some banjo rolls (try doing that, it is soooooooo hard)….i spent years trying to get the same power out of each note that danny gatton did….while holding a pick in my middle finger.

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.

October 31st, 2022

Homeskoolin' Halloween Special..... “The Black Cloud”

00:00 - Rendition of Halloween theme song
01:21 - Happy Halloween my friends / Holidays
02:18 - Subscribers / Thanks - - Barry Hackett - Peter Hall
04:47 - Trip The Witch news
05:50 - Haunted car story (1967 Dodge)
13:10 - VCB / Bukovac harmonies / Cliches
15:30 - NFL & pain
16:42 - Gifted pinky / Fingering
19:15 - Boxing story

Hello trick or treaters…at the beginning of this video is the only surviving photo i have of “The Black Cloud”…a spiritually unrestful 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T that i unfortunately owned in my younger years.

This one goes out to you Marion… sad little criminal

and speaking of cars, if you live in Nashville and you are looking for the most honest, trustworthy, straight shooting auto repair shop in North America, go see Barry at Hackett Bros.

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and, as promised, one of the most tragic stories in boxing history....if anyone out there knew Billy please contact me...

you guys can donate to Homeskoolin’ anytime you want…a good portion of the proceeds go to the fine people at Annheuser Busch LLC

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...and did you guys know Larry made a solo album a while back?

it's called “Plexi Soul” and you can can find it right here:

...and did you know that Larry made an instrumental record with Dean Deleo from Stone Temple Pilots called "Trip The Witch"?

October 20th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Memory Lane “NFL Action ‘72”

00:00 - Stamp book

Thank God for Ebay….say it with me people….
“Thank God for Ebay”

I figure if I am giving away 45 years worth of licks for free, the least you non football fans out there could do is suffer through a 2 minute video that has nothing to do with guitar, solely for the sake of pure nostalgia... man, just the smell of this 50 year old book takes me back....


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?

February 7th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Volume 127, Tom Bukovac, “Local Family Owned Sustainable Rock”

00:00 - Rockin' playing
02:45 - Hello, class!
03:20 - Covid and overposting / Thanks
05:47 - Viewer Comment Bin (VCB) / Top wrap
07:45 - Bengals or Rams / Candles
10:19 - Raise kids right
10:40 - Old guitars and the unexplained
13:41 - TV Shows / Ricky Gervais
15:45 - Songs that blow your mind?
16:32 - Best art created by high IQ / Beatles / Get Back
18:11 - Biggest influences?

A brief foray into the VCB and a little raunch from some old p-90s

February 4th, 2022

Homeskoolin’ Volume 124, Tom Bukovac, “If I Leave Here Tomorrow….”

00:00 - Beautiful playing
01:51 - Covid positive
03:17 - NFL reruns
04:34 - Tele Custom / "I thought you didn't like Teles"
05:41 - Skynyrd - Freebird / Allen Collins (Isolated track)
06:51 - "Rave up" ending lesson
07:47 - Secret of inverting chords / Pull-offs and chords (Need to know)

Well, if you’re wondering what a man with Covid plays and looks like here ya go fellas.

and here's some poetry for ya'


If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools: If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’ If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!


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