Roger is a national award winning guitarist, and has been teaching
music since 1978. He teaches guitar, mandolin and fiddle from many
styles. Roger cut his teeth on old Bill Monroe records, and cites
Bob Wills, Don Reno, Doc Watson & Django as major influences.
He grew up in the Pacific Northwest with music in his blood. Both
grandfathers were fiddlers, and his Midwestern parents were musicians.
Music was just part of living - in fact, late-night jam sessions were
so common at the Ferguson home, Roger was shocked to realize this way
of life was not the norm. At age twelve, he started learning guitar,
mandolin, and fiddle from his father, and was soon performing with
professional acts in the area. He later performed around the Northwest
with, fellow .old-time fiddler. at the time, Mark O.Connor.
In 1979 Roger established himself as a world class player, by winning
first place in the Winfield National Flatpick Guitar Championship, and
placing in the semi-finals on mandolin. He toured nationally for two
years with The Shoppe, playing electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin,
and fiddle, and regularly opening for Country/Western heavyweights like
Merle Haggard, Doug Kershaw, and Emmylou Harris.
Many of Roger.s instructional columns have been published in Guitar
Player Magazine. One lesson appears in the book, Licks and Lessons from
the World.s Greatest Guitar Players and Teachers where, along with Bob
Brozman, Ray Flack, Duke Robillard and others, Roger is acclaimed among
the "finest pickers and teachers on the planet".
Roger teaches at music camps as his schedule allows. Previous
workshops include: Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, the Northwest Regional
Folk Life Festival, and Sorrento Bluegrass Workshops. Currently, he
shares his "tricks of the trade" on guitar and bass at Olympic College
Poulsbo campus, and maintains a limited number of private students at
his home studio on Bainbridge Island, WA.