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Lessons With Tommy Katona
09/22/20

A few weeks ago I discovered that some of my TXBA Locals members were augmenting their studies by taking video lessons with Tommy Katona. That gave me an idea, so I set Tommy up with a Locals account, so now…

SRV Videos In 4K?
06/22/20

A few months ago I started experimenting with some new software that could upscale old videos with shockingly good results.

Talking blues, guitar & life with Shane from intheblues
04/06/20

Last evening I went live on YouTube with Shane Diiorio from the intheblues YT channel. We had a great discussion of blues, guitar, and some life lessons as well.

How I Livestream Guitar, Voice & Backing Tracks in Studio Quality on Mac
04/01/20

If you're a guitar player who's doing live streaming because of Covid-19 travel restrictions, it is possible to have great audio while streaming. This setup is what I use on my Mac and it gives me individual control over my…

The TXBA NAMM 2020 Report
01/22/20

I just got back from the best NAMM trip I've ever had. Here's a quick overview of the gear I checked out, and the people I talked to.

Learn 150+ Blues Licks All Over Again, This Time With Feeling.
12/11/19

Eleven years ago I published a course called 5 Boxes Essential Licks which I advertised with a simple, but very direct slogan: "Learn 150+ Blues Licks".

You Should Be In Our Thanksgiving Video
11/20/19

It's that time of year again, and Thanksgiving is almost here. I'm waaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy behind schedule this year, which means we only have one week to do this. Just like last year, I'm going collect videos of TXBA viewers playing along…

What’s On Deck (and what’s already finished) AT TXBA In November 2019
10/29/19

As we head into the last two months of the year, I wanted to share some details about what to expect heading into the holidays. But first, a quick recap of what's happened so far in 2019.

The Amazing TXBA Pro Player 7.3
08/26/19

Earlier this year I published a big update to our online player. Version 7 brought a bunch of new features, but I didn't stop there.

The What, Why & How Of Your Guitar Journey
06/04/19

Why do some guitarists stop playing for years, or even decades? I think it has a lot to do with the "How" of their guitar journey. What does that mean? I'm glad you asked.....

YouTube Import in TXBA Pro Player V7
05/17/19

Ever wish you could actually study one of those great live concert videos on YouTube? Well.. now our TXBA Locals members can do just that.

Introducing “Loop Stacking” in Version 7 of the TXBA Pro Player
05/08/19

Six months ago I started working on a major update to the TXBA Pro Player (that's the online player our TXBA Locals use to watch our courses). Version 7 of the Pro Player is now officially live, so I wanted…

TXBA Turns Five Years Old
04/25/19

It was on this day 5 years ago that Texas Blues Alley officially opened. But wait... didn't TXBA turn 10 years old in 2017? Well, not really.

The 4 Amazing Performances of “Old Love” That Inspired My New Course
03/25/19

Whenever I put together an "Influences" course based on a particular song, I seek out as many live recordings of that song as I can find. This used to be a lot harder, but thanks to YouTube's fairly progressive copyright…

Three Cool New Features In “Clapton’s Influence: Crossroad Blues”
01/03/19

Over the past 10 years, I've continually improved the production quality of my videos, as well as the educational quality of the lesson format. I've added three new features in my most recent course Clapton's Influence: Crossroad Blues that make…

There’s A Better Way To Study Crossroads
12/18/18

No matter how you've tried to learn the Crossroads solo before, you won't find a more "study friendly" format than Clapton's Influence: Crossroad Blues.

TXBA Live, Facebook, 11/30/18
12/01/18

I had a small block of time yesterday late afternoon, so I hopped onto Facebook live to answer a few questions, and drop some hints about upcoming courses.

Take Part In The Thanksgiving Ballad Community Jam
11/09/18

Update Thanks for taking part, the video has been posted. This year for Thanksgiving, we're going to try something new. Instead of me doing some kind of course or performance, it's your turn. I'll provide the track, you record a…

The Top 5 SRV Performances Of “Tightrope”
10/17/18

When I was in college trying to learn as much SRV material as possible, bootleg recordings were hard to come by. You had to know a guy who knew a guy, or pay top dollar at an independent music store…

The New TXBA Stage
10/05/18

Here's a behind the scenes look at the new stage I built in the TXBA Barn.