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The TXBA 2016 Winter NAMM Report

Last week I flew out to sunny California for the 2016 Winter NAMM show, and this year's show did not disappoint. It was an exhausting 4 days but what a great experience. Here's a report of what I saw, what…

TXBA Pro Player Version 5 Quick Tour

I'm releasing a big update to the TXBA Pro Player today. Even though Version 4 just came out a few months ago (with Instant Loops), Version 5 is ready with a big new feature. The video below covers the changes…

52 Weeks In 15 Minutes - The TXBA 2015 Year In Review

Sit back, grab a drink and take a walk through 2015 with me as we recap everything that happened around the Alley last year. A list of related links can be found below the video.

Introducing Instant Loops - What They Are And How To Use Them

I have found looping to be one of the most useful tools for learning guitar solos. In fact, when I was first starting out, looping was the only tool I had. Looping isn't complicated, you just pick a start, end,…

TXBA Pro Player V4 Changes & Improvements

In about another week, we'll be announcing a major new feature for our Pro Player. But there's a bunch of smaller improvements and changes that have been in the works for several months, so we're publishing all those smaller changes…

The 3 Things To Expect From TXBA Before Christmas

As we enter the final two months of 2015, I wanted to let you know what to expect as this year draws to a close. Here are the three things you'll see before Christmas: 1. A big new feature for…

The Pro Player Now Has Keyboard Shortcuts

I love it when a member of the TXBA Locals thinks of a way I can make the program better. About a month ago, one of my Locals asked if I could add keyboard shortcuts to the Pro Player. What's…

2015 Was Supposed To Be Easy, Here’s What Happened Instead

What a crazy year this has been. If you've been following my posts on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, ...then you already know why. If not, allow me to tell you the story of why 2015 has not been easy, but…

Improvements to our FAQ Section

TXBA Headquarters isn't the most glamorous place along Texas Blues Alley. There's no lessons, no gear videos, nothing.... fun. But when you need help or information, you'll be glad Headquarters is there.

Cool things I found at Summer NAMM 2015

I work alone pretty much all the time, and I live in the middle of Pennsylvania - not exactly a hub of activity for the music industry. That's fine, I don't mind living somewhere boring as long as I get…

30+ Years of Blues Rock On Letterman

Last night (5/21/15) was David Letterman's last show. Over the years Dave's show (first at NBC, then at CBS) has occasionally featured blues, and blues rock acts - and Dave appeared to genuinely appreciate this style of music. Thankfully these…

Is TXBA Locals Worth It For Existing Customers?

This question was posed by several loyal TXBA customers, and I'm sure more people will ask the same. Here's why I think TXBA Locals may (or may not) appeal to the existing TXBA customer.

Announcing TXBA Locals - Let Us Work For You

Two years ago when I began dreaming up Texas Blues Alley, part of that dream was to have a site where people like me could really "belong". It's taken me until now to make that possible. The title for this…


If you've got a question about the new TXBA Locals program, it's probably answered here.

How You Changed My Life

Lots of people dream about leaving their job to play guitar for a living. For guitar players, this doesn't usually happen without the help of a record label and lots of press from guitar magazines. But this isn't always the…

This Is My Story

In a few weeks I'll be announcing a major new feature on TXBA. But before I do, I'm telling a story about how TXBA came to be. The TXBA starts with my story, and here it is.

Dream Catcher: Rock n’ Roll Dreamer

Riff is an online journal published by TrueFire. It features articles on a variety of guitar-related subjects, including profiles of the teachers and players they hire to create courses for them. I've done two courses for them in the past,…

TXBA Gets A Facelift

While I was napping for the past few weeks, I found some time to finish up an extensive set of changes to the TXBA "look". These changes were published last week, so here's a video explaining what's different and what's…

TXBA 2015 Winter NAMM Report

Last week I went to the 2015 Winter NAMM show, a nice ending for my vacation. I'm not a reporter, so this is not a comprehensive report of the whole show. But I did see a few cool things that…

I need a nap

Before we fire up the cameras for 2015, I'm going to do something that's not easy, but very necessary. I'm going to sign off for a few weeks to recharge.