Rob Garland graduated from Christ Church College in the U.K. with a Bachelor’s degree in Music/Radio Film & Television. After moving to the U.S. in 1999 he studied with jazz great Jimmy Bruno.
Growing up in England Rob worked in a diverse array of bands, performed on the London college circuit and later played hundreds of gigs at festivals and clubs in the U.S. with his group, Rob Garland & The Blue Monks. The band attained airplay on international radio and T.V. stations.
After being featured in numerous guitar magazines, Rob’s first instructional book was published by Cherry Lane in 2007 which led to him working for TrueFire where he has released full length instructional courses on topics such as CAGED chords, the pentatonic/major scale, songwriting and chord tones. Rob has an interactive TrueFire classroom, an artist channel (Babylon), writes articles for RIFF Journal, hosts live YouTube TrueFire lessons and teaches privately from his studio in Los Angeles. He also is a guest open counsellor at Musicians Institute, Hollywood, CA. Rob currently performs with his fusion power trio (Rob Garland’s Eclectic Trio), jazz band (Catatonic) and progressive rock band (Red Spectrum). He has performed sessions at Los Angeles studios such as Revolver and The Village Recorder and co-writes music for Bad Robot. He continues to write, record and release his original music ranging in genre from jazz/rock instrumental to acoustic vocal folk.
Musicians Rob has worked with include Jimmy Haslip (The Yellowjackets), Andy Sanesi (Scott Henderson), Tony Newton (Gary Moore), Mick Stevens (Brand X) and Gus Thornton (Albert King).
He is endorsed by Bogner, Xotic, D'Addario, Hell Picks, Moody Straps and is influenced by "everyone from Joni Mitchell to Frank Zappa."
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