Richard Yates began formal lessons when he was fifteen with Joseph Mayes and then Peter Collona at the Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music in Pennsylvania. He completed degrees at the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science degree at Western Oregon State College. He studied with John Doan at Willamette University for more than ten years. For the last eight years, he has written a series of articles in the Guitar Foundation of America's magazine Soundboard titled "The Transcriber's Art." He is the author of five other volumes of transcriptions for classical guitar.