Jim Ferguson was born in Dayton, Ohio, and began playing the guitar at age 15. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Mills College in Oakland, California, where he wrote his thesis on the composition Segoviana by Darius Milhaud. Jim has taught music at California universities and colleges for nearly 30 years. He resides in Santa Cruz, California, where he continues to write, instruct, and compose. A former editor of Guitar Player Magazine, Jim has written several acclaimed jazz guitar books, including All Blues for Jazz Guitar, All Blues Soloing for Jazz Guitar, and Shapes, Patterns & Lines for Jazz Guitar. He is also profiled in Maurice J. Summerfield's The Jazz Guitar-Its Evolution, Players and Personalities Since 1900, he contributed numerous entries to The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. In 1994, Jim was nominated for a Grammy Award for annotating Fantasy Records' 12-CD set Wes Montgomery: The Complete Riverside Recordings. He also penned the instructional column Fundamental Perspectives for Great Britain's Classical Guitar Magazine and he is the editor of several books issued by Guitar Solo Publications, including a series devoted to the studies of Leo Brouwer, Fernando Sor, and Matteo Carcassi.