From Rob Garland
Rob Garland is a professional musician with a passion for all things music and the guitar, with over 20 years of playing and teaching experience. He has had a varied career (so far) including extensive gigging/touring, composition, session work, film scoring, product demonstrations and tuition clinics. In 2014 he released a digital EP of recent original compositions and is currently working on a follow up.
Rob grew up in England, played in a diverse array of bands, studied at Canterbury Christchurch University and later studied jazz improvisation with guitarist Jimmy Bruno. In his mid-twenties Rob moved to the US and split his time between teaching and performing with his jazz/blues group Rob Garland & The Blue Monks. The band released several albums of original music and played hundreds of gigs at festivals and clubs as well as international television and radio performances. After being featured in numerous guitar magazines Rob's first instructional book entitled Jazz For The Blues Guitarist was published through Cherry Lane Music in 2007, which led to him working for TrueFire.
Currently Rob lives in Los Angeles where he writes and performs with various musicians including Rob Garland's Eclectic Trio, PhunkYard and Red Spectrum. He publishes a free monthly e-newsletter Babylon with TrueFire discounts, guitar lessons, music recommendations and an occasional rant!
Rob is a guitar instructor for TrueFire. He has a series of online workshops, an interactive classroom and a course entitled "The Guitarist's Pentathlon." He is scheduled to film his next course early 2016 and also teaches in the flesh at Green Brooms Music Academy, Santa Monica, CA and almost as in the flesh via Skype/Facetime. See the Tutorial page on his site for more information. He is influenced by "everyone from Joni Mitchell to Frank Zappa." Musicians Rob has worked with include Jimmy Haslip (The Yellowjackets), Andy Sanesi (Scott Henderson), Tony Newton (Gary Moore/Tony Williams) Mick Stevens (Brand X) and Gus Thornton (Albert King/Stevie Ray Vaughan).