guitar  Bud Tristano

Bud's official music page, in his own words ...

- A pianist by birth, I was so turned off by the way music was taught in public school and by my private teachers, that I gave it up by the time I was ten years old. Only after much reflection (and a little music theory) was I able to express why this was so: "Ionian Bias". It's a phrase I coined in retrospect (years later) - for an approach that may work for most people, but didn't work for me! (If they would have just given me some "snake-charming" scales, I would have been a little shredder ...)

- Then I discovered The Beatles and Eric Clapton, and I knew that I had to get to the bottom of what this was all about: it was obviously not Yankee Doodle. My quest became even more compelling after I heard Led Zeppelin (eventually to become my favorite band). I then began the long journey of teaching myself rock guitar, learning to love all music along the way. Back then, there was no internet, no instructional videos, and no books that would reveal the secrets to this music. Even the private teachers that knew these styles would not share this information. It had to be won painstakingly, by slowing down vinyl records on old funky turntables that had a 16 rpm setting.


- I eventually applied this method to every kind of music that reached my ears. It would never had been possible without the initial inspiration of rock guitar players. After many years of this self-teaching and jamming with other musicians, I eventually transcended "styles" and have been developing a more free-form approach.

- My earliest home recordings were deeply influenced by nature, and indeed, the guitar music is interwoven with wildlife and nature sounds. A compilation of these early works, "Pesunqua", is available for free download. My first publicly available CD, a collaboration with New York pianist Connie Crothers, is deeply influenced by Manhattan. This collection, "Primal Elegance" is available through the New Artists label. In music as in life I am going for the best of both worlds - the country and the city.

New Review: Primal Elegance


A new review of an album I made with Connie Crothers,
back in 2001. I like this:
Primal Elegance, Reconsidered (2015)

Free Downloads:
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* BT Sampler: BT Sampler 2014 (2.03 MB)

* Guitar Sound Collage: For Dime (355 kb)

* Acoustic Guitar Video: Intrigue (Prelude) (2.17 MB)

* Acoustic Guitar Video: Hermit Finds Guitar (12.6 MB)

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* My Bach Chaconne Power Tab: Chaconne Page

Pesunqua CD:
Pesunqua CD Page

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