The Setlist

The record of everything that happens around Texas Blues Alley.


TXBA Live - March 22, 2017

A live Facebook chat covering a range of topics about gear, tone, and general Q&A. This was a long one, about 1h20m.

Try Out The TXBA Pro Player For Free

A few weeks ago a prospective member emailed me to ask if the TXBA Pro Player would work on his Android phone. He was thinking about signing up for the Locals Program, but since he uses his phone for most…

Introducing TXBA Power Lines Electric…

I've been using heavy gauge strings, tuned down to E-Flat, for over 20 years. But I have never had a set of strings that matched my preferred gauges... until now. Today I'm happy to announce the availability of TXBA guitar…

The Setlist Podcast #009: How Powerful…
  • Speed Course(s) updates
  • TXBA Power Lines Guitar Strings
  • Instant Loops for all Free Lessons for TXBA Locals
  • Trip to Austin in April
  • How Powerful Does Your Amp Need To Be
The Setlist Podcast #008 - Speed Course…

An update about the upcoming speed courses, some new features for TXBA locals, a fascinating pickup dissection over at Zexcoil, and my new favorite band, Rival Sons.

The Top 20 Videos From TXBA in 2016

I combed through the stats for all the videos that were published during 2016 to find out which videos got the most people watching this year. So here they are, in descending order, the top 20 most-watched videos from TXBA…

Interactive SoundSlice Tablature - Now With Video

The TXBA Locals program launched in April 2015, and one of the major features the program offered was interactive tablature, powered by SoundSlice. In the months leading up to the launch date, I had to setup all these tablature scores…

RIP Bill M.

Bill Machrone, or simply Bill M. as most of you knew him by, passed away yesterday at the age of 69. Most of us in the guitar community came to know about Bill because of his world-famous mods for the…

9 Years Already? Thank you.

Nine years ago today (10/21/07), I uploaded a video to YouTube that started everything you see at TXBA today.

TXBA Live - Facebook - 08/17/16

Here's the recording of the Facebook Live chat from 8/17/16. A list of questions answered is below the video.

TXBA Live - Facebook Chat 08.10.16

For this Facebook Live stream, I added a few more camera angles so I could demonstrate things on the guitar. The questions addressed are below the video. I showed a cool picking drill, and 3 core SRV licks.

The Setlist #007: How Good Could YOU Be?

In this episode of The Setlist Podcast, I'll talk about the recent studio tour, Facebook Livestreaming, and a gentle rant about comparing yourself to others.

TXBA Live - Facebook 080316

I'm experimenting with some live streaming software and last night I did a 35m Q/A session on Facebook Live. Here's a recording of the livestream. The last minute or two of this video did not get included in the video…

TXBA Studio Tour - July 2016

This week I was able to move my shooting rig up to the main level of the barn, but made a quick video showing how I had it setup in the basement since last July.

The Setlist #006: Rock’n’Roll, Quick…

A rundown of what's new, some thoughts on what a Quick Fix course is, and answering your questions.

The Setlist Podcast #005: Properly…

Updates for the barn, what's new at TXBA, and some thoughts on creating compelling musical experiences online.

The Setlist Podcast #004: Thoughts On…

In this episode I softly rant about guitar practice, how much is enough, what's the "right" way to practice, and why there is no one-size-fits-all approach.

The New Full Courses Guide

Among the most common emails I field are those asking for guidance about what's a good place to start if you're brand new to TXBA. After 9 years, and 35+ courses, that's not an easy question to answer.

The Setlist Podcast #003: The Full Story…

As many of you know, before Texas Blues Alley, I ran a site called StevieSnacks. In 2014, StevieSnacks was shut down, and Texas Blues Alley took its place. It might seem a little bit nuts to shut down a successful…

A Guide To The New TXBA Look

Today I published some changes to the TXBA Site that affect how you navigate around the site. I feel these changes make everything look more neat and clean, and definitely improve usability on mobile devices. To help you get used…