Johnny Rector was born in Hickory, North Carolina. Started playing guitar at the age of 13. He has been a freelance guitarist/ teacher in the Chicagoland area for the past 25 years. Studied guitar under Joseph DePiano of Chicago. Studied dance band arranging under the well-known Bill Russo of Chicago. Studied a condensed Joseph Schillinger method under Daniel Garamoni also of Chicago. He is the author of several other well-known guitar books which have gained prominence throughout the country. Johnny Rector is perhaps one of the most prolific writers of guitar material currently on the scene.