September 5th, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Bonus “Sunday Leftovers”

00:00 - That amazing thing Tom does - playing
03:17 - Bag Men band live footage
04:55 - Electric football

A classic Larry hodgepodge of random footage to help get you through the last NFL-less Sunday we are going to have to deal with for a good while….

the live band jam in the middle is the Bag Men…a new trio project starring Steve Gorman, Luther Dickinson and Nick “Nicky G” Govrik....caught in action at The Basement in Nashville TN....the OG Basement.

Chiefs/Bears electric football game ended up being stalled after a group decision to eat some Rao’s pasta....that segment stars Scank, Marshall and Mikey Gossin from the Gloriana's.

The board of directors wanted me to mention that if one was so compelled to throw a "Sunday offering" in the Homeskoolin' collection plate, one could do that by going to PayPal and using the address tombukovac@gmail.com

and totally unrelated...this is an AMAZING video...

July 26th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Volume 229, Tom Bukovac, "Grandma"

00:00 - Mixing it up intro playing
04:58 - Hi guys...stitches out / Kid "Bob" Rock jamming and writing
06:28 - Thank you for headless guitar vids
07:00 - Mike "Scank" Scaggs injury
08:31 - VCB (Viewer Comment Bin) / Favorite and least character trait?
10:00 - Most underrated singer?
10:18 - Ready for some football?
10:52 - What guitar are you hunting for?
11:40 - Lesson: Blues minor and major badassery licks and trilling

You guys know I don't name guitars.... but i do call this old 64 firebird V that i have had for ages "Grandma"...is that weird?

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 hiss...love it
32:30 - Sound wizard
32:50 - Lesson: Capistan reverb sound / Firebird video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztsptU_XIPk
34:48 - Wynonna Judd memories & Dave Letterman

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

June 2nd, 2023

Homeskoolin' Bonus "Shoot Out At Kalamazoo Corral"

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

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:

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 30th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Volume 222, Tom Bukovac, "Leather Pants In June"

00:00 - Spacey McCartney playing
02:25 - Hello, class! / Scank Amp
03:12 - '69 Les Paul Custom
04:58 - Audio cut out / Merch
05:40 - VCB (Viewer Comment Bin) / Rush
07:00 - String Gauge
07:30 - Lightest and heaviest guitar owned?
08:30 - Flying V
09:59 - Thoughtful for negative folk
11:00 - 1,200 records played on
12:00 - Guthrie record and new name
13:00 - Playing guitar to overcome disadvantage / Just you and the guitar
15:30 - Whammy bar / Danny Gatton
17:00 - Loud playing (Angus Young, Daryl Hall & John Oates)
18:41 - Being in the mix
20:10 - Lesson: Paul McCartney - Ram On (Cmaj7, C6, B, E/B)

Uncle Larry reflects back on a busy day of endless string changing and intonation adjustments. Thanks for watching friends.

May 25th, 2023

Homeskoolin' Volume 221, Tom Bukovac, "Clean Out Your Desks"

00:00 - Playing the Gibson Doubleneck
04:25 - Hello, class! / Thanks & "Foxhole buddy"
05:50 - A.I. bot companions
06:47 - Best smellin' guitar (Gibson '58 EMS-1235)
07:30 - Gifts
08:00 - Tina Turner
08:38 - VCB (Viewer Comment Bin) / You are a wizard
09:23 - Lynyrd Skynyrd - Tuesday's Gone (liner notes) / Roosevelt Gook aka Al Kooper (Producer)
10:30 - Teddy Boy!
11:07 - No BS playing
11:30 - The Contest and recognizing talent when you see it
12:58 - Blue Chevelle vs Torino / Can't be fucking around with power tools
14:15 - Disguised as a piano
14:30 - Watching Tina Turner video & touring
15:47 - Lesson: Cool lick (Amb6 [5 x 3 5 x x], Gm bend Bb [3 x x 3^ x x]) / Playing
17:00 - Unusual Gibson tone: Spruce top, hollowbody
17:45 - Heavy Metal kids and bringing back licks

I was on the outskirts of a little southern town
Tryin' to reach my destination before the sun went down
The old CB was blarin' away on channel 1-9!
When there came a little boy's voice on the radio line
And he said: "Breaker 1-9! Is anyone there?
ome on back, truckers and talk to Teddy Boy"
Well, I keyed the mike and said: "You got it, Teddy Boy"
And a little boy's voice came back on the air
"'Preciate the break, Who we got on that end?"
I told him my handle, and, then he began:
"Now, I'm not supposed to bother you fellows out there
Mom says you're busy and for me to stay off the air
But you see, I get lonely and it helps to talk
'Cause that's about all I can do, I'm crippled, and, I can't walk!"
I came back and told him to fire up that mike
And I'd talk to him, as long as he liked
"This was my dad's radio", the little boy said
"But I guess it's mine and mom's now, 'cause my daddy's dead!"
"Dad had a wreck about a month ago
He was trying to get home in a blindin' snow
Mom has to work now, to make ends meet
And I'm not much help, with my two crippled feet!"
"She says not to worry that we'll make it alright
But, I hear her crying, sometimes late at night
You know there's just one thing I want more than anything else to see
Aw, I know you guys are too busy to bother with me!"
"But, you see, my dad used to take me for rides when he was home
But, I guess that's all over now, since my daddy's gone
Not one breaker came on the old CB
As that little crippled boy talked with me
I tried hard to swallow a lump that just wouldn't stay down
As I thought about my boy back in Greenville Town
"Dad was going to take mom and me with him later on this year, Why,
l remember 'I'm saying: 'Someday this old truck will be yours, Teddy Boy"
But, I know I'll never get to ride an 18-wheeler again
But, this old base will keep me in touch with all my trucker friends!"
"Teddy Boy's gonna back on out now and leave you alone
'Cause it's about time for mom to come home
But, you give me a shout when you're passin' through
And I'll sure be happy to come back to you!"
Well, I came back and I said: uh! "Before you go 10-10
What's your home 20, little CB friend?"
Well, he gave me his address and I didn't once hesitate
'Cause this hot load of freight was just gonna have to wait
I turned that truck around on a dime
And headed straight for Jackson Street, 229
And as I rounded the corner, oh, I got one heck of a shock
late wheelers were lined up for three city blocks!
Why, I guess every driver for miles around had caught Teddy Boy's call
And that little crippled boy was having a ball
For as fast as one driver would carry him in
Another would carry him to his truck and take off again
Well, you better believe I took my turn at riding Teddy Boy
And then I carried him back in and put him down in his chair
And buddy if I never live to see happiness again
I want you to know I saw it that day, in the face of that little man
We took up a collection for him before his mama got home
And each driver said goodbye and then they all were gone
He shook my hand with a mile-long grin
And said: "So long, trucker I'll catch ya again!"
Well, I hit the Interstate with tears in my eyes
I turned on the radio and I got another surprise
"Breaker 1-9!" Came a voice on the air
"Just one word of thanks from Mama Teddy Boy!!"
"We wish each and every one, a special prayer for you
'Cause, You just made my little boy's dream come true
I'll sign off now, before, I start to cry
May God ride with you, 10-4, and goodbye

May 23rd, 2023

Homeskoolin’ Bonus “The Scank Research Kitchen”

00:00 - Intro to Super Deluxe by Mike Scaggs
00:35 - Playing (Queen - We Are the Champions)
02:00 - Lesson: Figuring out chord progression
03:00 - Back to letting the amp sing
04:37 - Cabinet to be built with Eminence speakers (Legend EM12)
05:00 - Tremolo

Uncle Larry goes by to visit his old buddy Mike “Scank” Scaggs.


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