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Back Porch Picking

Born Bradley F. Jones in Ames, Iowa, he first became known after entering Guitar Player Magazine's International Reader's Soundpage Competition in 1988 on a whim. He submitted an original composition, titled Back Porch Boogie, as well as a cover of Salty Dog Blues, recorded using a reel-to-reel recorder and then transferred to cassette using a boombox. Jones came in first place out of nearly 900 entries.  He went on to win the National Fingerpicking Championship at Winfield, Kansas in 1990.

In 1995, Jones became a spokesman for Godin guitars,[3] playing a custom instrument he named "Pearl" for the mother of pearl inlay of his name on the neck. He toured often, earning the nicknames "Le Machine Gun" and "Pistola" for his fast playing style. That same style earned the notice of Chet Atkins, who described Buster by saying; "Buster B. Jones is the best fingerpicker I've heard since Jerry Reed... He plays like he's double parked."

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    Buster B. Jones is a master of the guitar styles of Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and Jerry Reed. He has explored their music, styles and techniques and has developed his own unique approach. Buster is known as a blazing fast and dynamic player, but his original compositions expose a lyrical and gentler side to his musical personality.

    In this DVD lesson he presents six original instrumentals. They are dedicated to and influenced by his friends and family -- Thom Bresh, Marcel Dadi, Paul Yandell and his granddaughter Marissa. These instrumentals will charm you as well as challenge your playing techniques.

    Titles include: Charming, Basically Bresh, Farewell My Friend, Marissa Dawn, Paul's Place and A Walk In The Park

    81 minutes - Level 2/3 - Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD

    Review: Buster, home style! Everything on here was written by Buster, a good thing because he was a strong composer for guitar - good enough to give the likes of Tommy Emmanuel a serious run for his money. As usual, Buster does an excellent job of leaving you in no doubt as to how to play these tunes,you just provide the time and practice. Stand out tunes for me were "Basicaly Bresh" (a Travis/western swing tour de force) and ......oh what the hell -t hey're ALL great-buy it! - Mr. Side/Amazon Customer Review

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