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 (The Big Muddy Blues Festival, Blues In The District, Washington Blues, etc). and at clubs around the U.S. with my 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.
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 run an artist channel (Babylon), write articles for RIFF Journal, host live YouTube sessions and create instructional courses, such as the best selling Chord Navigator: CAGED series.
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 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, Chicken Picks 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! My favourite guitar players growing up were Gary Moore, Brian May and Steve Lukather.