About Texas Blues Alley

Texas Blues Alley is a place where guitar players who are serious about their craft can learn, improve, and be inspired.

Texas Blues Alley was created by Anthony Stauffer (that’s me). I love teaching blues guitar as much as I love playing it. The blues has been an intensely personal form of music for me and the process of learning to play it has been deeply satisfying. I hope that others will experience deeper satisfaction and joy in their own playing through the resources here at Texas Blues Alley. What you'll find here is incredible blues guitar lessons, a serious case of gear addiction, and a place to play along and be inspired.

About  Me 

Anthony Stauffer I started playing guitar at the age of 18. My earliest and most significant influence was Stevie Ray Vaughan. As the years passed, I also studied Albert King, Jimi Hendrix, Freddie King, B.B. King and others. I’ve been teaching guitar lessons online since 2007.

My degree is in engineering so I teach blues guitar with an engineer’s mentality. This approach resonates with a lot of people and has helped me build a fantastic audience of players all over the world.

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In 2007 I started putting short blues guitar lesson videos on YouTube. The popularity of the lessons began to accelerate quickly, so I built a small website and called it StevieSnacks.com (small, snack-sized lessons in the style of Stevie Ray Vaughan). I soon began selling longer video courses. In 2009 I left my job as a software engineer to run StevieSnacks full-time.

StevieSnacks continued to grow in popularity, but I was never satisfied with the name ‘StevieSnacks’ — it was a name I chose with very little thought, long before I had any clue how successful it would become. In 2013 I began a careful, deliberate process of rethinking my entire business. In January of 2014 I put down the guitar, picked up my laptop and began coding furiously.

Texas Blues Alley was born in April of 2014.

About Stevie

Stevie Ray Vaughan was my biggest influence at a time where I desperately needed some kind of outlet. As a college student I began to battle depression, I just didn’t know it. Actually I didn’t even know what depression was, nobody talked about it when I was growing up. All I knew was that certain days were just....bad.

I discovered Stevie Ray Vaughan’s music during the summer before my first year of college. It didn’t take at first, but later that year I rented the El Mocambo video and as I watched him play Texas Flood, something changed.

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