Growing up in England I worked in a diverse array of bands and performed on the London college circuit. Later I played hundreds of gigs at festivals (such asThe Big Muddy Blues Festival, Blues In The District, Washington Blues, etc). and at clubs around the U.S.
My group, Rob Garland & The Blue Monks, opened for artists such as B.B. King, Chuck Berry and Booker T. The band attained airplay on international radio and T.V. stations.
I 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. I studied with jazz great Jimmy Bruno.
Since being featured in guitar magazines, (Guitarist, Guitar One, Premier Guitar, etc), my first instructional book was published by Cherry Lane in 2007 which led to a wonderful relationship with TrueFire where currently I create instructional courses, such as the best selling Chord Navigator: CAGED series. I am also going to begin filming courses for JamPlay, Summer 2021.
In 2021 I published an eBook containing motivation and practice concepts for guitarists, entitled Guitar Play! I also launched a Patreon Page offering exclusive guitar lessons, live video chat and more, for members of “The British Invasion!”
I’ve been a guitar teacher for over 25 years and am very proud to be part of the faculty at Musicians Institute, in Hollywood, CA. I also teach private lessons from my home in L.A. via Zoom/Skype.
Currently I play gigs with jazz/funk band Catatonic and my jazz rock group Rob Garland’s Eclectic Trio at venues such as The Baked Potato, Vitello’s, Alva’s Showroom and The Mint. I’ve performed sessions at Los Angeles studios such as Revolver and The Village Recorder and co-written music for Bad Robot.
I love writing, recording and releasing my original music ranging in genre from jazz/rock instrumental to acoustic vocal folk, which can be streamed on Spotify or downloaded on iTunes, as well as numerous other digital platforms.
In 2020 I released three new tracks: two vocal tunes (Restless & A Different Song)
and an instrumental (Quantum Waves).
In September 2018 I was honoured to perform and jam with legendary guitarist
Steve Vai at the ‘Big Mama-Jama Jamathon’ in Hollywood, CA.
Some of the amazing musicians I’ve 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 the wonderful folks at Bogner amplification, Xotic guitars, Curt Mangan strings, ChickenPicks and Moody Leather Straps.
I love all different genres of music and am influenced by everyone from Joni Mitchell to Frank Zappa, via Prince and Black Sabbath! I’m fascinated by the harmony of jazz combined with the energy and tone of rock.
My favourite guitar players growing up were Gary Moore, Eddie Van Halen, Brian May, Richie Blackmore and Steve Lukather.
Blimey that was a bit long!
If you made it this far, thanks for reading,