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, opening for artists such as B.B. King, Chuck Berry and Booker T. The band attained airplay on international radio and T.V. stations.
In 2018 Rob joined the faculty at Musicians Institute, Hollywood, CA as a guitar instructor.
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 teaches private lessons via the TrueFire platform, runs an artist channel (Babylon), writes articles for RIFF Journal, hosts live YouTube sessions and creates instructional courses for TrueFire. He also teaches via Skype and at his studio in Los Angeles, CA.
He currently plays with his fusion power trio (Rob Garland’s Eclectic Trio) and jazz band (Catatonic). 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).
Endorsements include Bogner amplification, Xotic guitars, D'Addario strings and Moody Straps.
Rob is influenced by "everyone from Joni Mitchell to Frank Zappa."