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.