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Ross Garren
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Ross Garren
Ross Garren was an emphatic "YES" when Jason and Winslow started discussing the Expert Guide lineup for the Spring 2016 gathering. Partly because he’s a fluent young player who's really coming into his own. Partly because he’s playing - and recording - with nearly every type of harmonica known to humanity, including chord and bass. Partly because as a film composer he has a wide experience of how to fit the harmonica into many contexts. He’s even written arrangements for B.B. King!
He’s all that, plus Ross is a great guy and an experienced teacher. As a teenager he studied both with Winslow and with David Barrett. At Dave’s, Ross is the overblow advice columnist and is also an Accredited Harmonica Instructor in the Levels of Achievement program.
Ross' brief bio from his website:
Ross Garren is a pianist, harmonicist, and composer currently residing in Los Angeles, California. He received his B.M. from the University of Southern California where he was named Outstanding Graduate in Composition. He is a member of the duos Garren & Cohan and the Sheriffs of Schroedingham, as well leading his own solo project, Taggart. An active freelance musician, he has been named a Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Fellow, won three ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Awards, arranged for BB King, has performed on countless recordings including as a featured soloist on Dumb and Dumber To starring (Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels), as well as having served on faculty at the Musician's Institute. Ross is a proud endorser of Seydel Harmonicas, the Lone Wolf Blues Company effects pedals, and Xkey midi controllers.
Visit Ross at
Ross talks about vibrato with overblows (excerpt from a longer teaching video)
(excerpt - for more, check out )
Ross Garren performing "Sleepwalk," accompanying slide guitar with chord harmonica
Ross Garren playing Low D to Tom Ball's regular D, combined with interview clips
Ross plays discreet, tasteful bass harmonica
(starting about 1:00) with Molly Miller’s smooth
jazz guitar take on “Still Crazy”