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, 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."
So you're interested in learning how to play fingerstyle guitar. In this lesson Buster B. Jones will take you from the very basics and start you on the road to fingerpicking. Buster's no nonsense and clear instruction will have you picking melodies in no time. You'll find phrase by phrase instruction for all the exercises and songs. Split-screen techniques are featured so that you can study and clearly see what each hand is playing.
77 minutes - Level 1 - Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD
Review: Great product! This DVD does exactly as advertised and more. Buster is not only a great guitarist but also a great teacher! I highly recommend this to anyone trying to learn how to play with a thumbpick. - Roderick R. Taylor/Amazon Customer Review
Review: Buster's usual great job. Buster B. Jones was a rare bird. He was a fantastic guitar player AND, more importantly to this review, a great teacher. He puts a lie to the "those who can do, those who can't teach" wisdom. I've been setting under some form of six string for longer that I care to admit to and know whereof I speak. If you want to play guitar this DVD is an excellent place to start. When you get this down he has advanced classes on DVD. For your viewing/listening enjoyment he also cut CD's and performance DVD's and Amazon had them the last time I looked. - R.T. Pirtle/Amazon Customer Review
Review: When I stared playing guitar you would be a lucky person to have a Beatles song book with guitar chords. There was very little learning information out there then. Today there is so much it's hard to determine where to start. When I was watching the first part of the DVD it appeared to be so basic (hears a C, F, G cord) I about turned it off. What I realized was this guy was teaching the backbone of finger picking style. This is something that is hard to find.