Tim Twiss was born in Adrian, Michigan in 1957 and, caught by the "music bug," began playing the guitar at age 10. One thing led to another and he ended up with a Classical Guitar Performance degree from Eastern Michigan University, and a certificate from the original Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T.) in Los Angeles. He began teaching when he was 18 years old and at 29, opened his own music shop in Milford, Michigan. Over the years, he has performed in almost every type of venue imaginable. At some time after the year 2000, he was captivated by the music of the Civil War at a battle reenactment. This led to the discovery of the music and history of the fretless banjo. "I placed myself right in the middle of the 19th century, with no preparation or prejudice of any kind," Tim wrote. His formal training and ability to read music proved to be an asset as he played every piece of notated banjo music he could lay his hands on. In a natural chain of events, he came across the music of the British-born musician, James Buckley; this book is the direct result of that encounter.