The Setlist

The record of everything that happens around Texas Blues Alley.


Big Update to the TXBA Pro Player

Today I'm announcing a big update to the TXBA Pro Player for members of our Locals program. I've been working on this for several weeks and it is the best work I've ever done. Today's update brings two major new…

Texas Flood Performance - For Texas Flooding

Last week, Houston TX was buried under enough rain to fill the Houston Astrodome 85,000 times, an estimated 27 trillion gallons. Most of you know that I'm not actually from Texas, I try to stay nice and cool up in…

TXBA Live: Facebook 08/04/17

An afternoon livestream and chat with the TXBA Facebook crowd. Some good questions addressed in here.

Looking For Video Testimonials for Texas…

If you're a member of TXBA Locals, or someone who's purchased Texas Blues Speed Workshop, I'm interested in getting a video testimonial from you for use on Texas Blues Alley.

Getting Ready for Texas Blues Speed Workshop

For the past 6 months, I've been working on a series of courses designed to help you build speed for blues guitar. This has been a challenging process because helping people build speed is a very different problem than showing…

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.