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New Comments, Questions & Answers Feature For the TXBA Pro Player

Today the TXBA Locals program gets a little bit more "community" focused. Up until this point, members studied by themselves, alone with whatever course they were working on.

Boogie Blues Theme Recap

Over the past 6-8 weeks I've been producing courses related to a central theme: Boogie Blues. This wasn't by accident, it's part of a plan that I've come up with for this year. I'll be covering several "themes" this year,…

The TXBA Thanksgiving Ballad Tradition: 2009-2017

On Friday July 31st, 2009, I walked away from a 10-year career as a software engineer to run StevieSnacks (the predecessor to TXBA) as my full-time job. Walking out of the building that last day was one of the strangest…

The Perfect Gift: TXBA Membership Vouchers

Every holiday season, confused dads, moms, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, girlfriends and boyfriends come to TXBA shopping for the guitar player in their life, with only a vague idea of what to shop for.

TXBA 10 Year Trivia Winners

Thanks to everyone who participated in the TXBA 10 Year Anniversary Trivia contest. The answers came in faster than I expected, and almost all the prizes were claimed. Here's a video summarizing who the winners were, and also the answers…

TXBA 10 Year Anniversary Trivia

Everything you need to know about the 10th anniversary of this strange internet guitar journey is in this video, including details about how to play TXBA 10 Year Trivia.

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 Blues Speed Workshop

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 Guitar Strings

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 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.