The really great teachers that Harrison Wood has studied with.
My Really Great Teachers
"Over the years, I've had some really great teachers. Here's who's helped me on my way musically and I'd like to say a really big thanks to them all".
My Double Bass Teacher at the RNCM from September 2009 to Present
It's an honour to be studying double bass at the RNCM with Jiri Hudec. As well as teaching at the RNCM (since 2001), Jiri is also an associate professor at the Prague Academy of Music. After graduating from the Janácek Academy in 1977, he joined the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and became the Principal double bassist in 1990. Jiri is internationally known as an orchestral player and a much sought after soloist who's made recordings for radio and CD release.
Yi Xin Han
My Classical Double Bass Teacher at Junior RNCM from 2006 to 2009
Yi Xin's taught me since I first joined Junior RNCM. She's been a double bassist with the Halle Orchestra for over twenty years and has really guided and inspired me to be an orchestral double bass player. Even when Jazz playing was taking over my life, Yi Xin was patient and introduced me to some awesome classical double bass repertoire for which I'm eternally grateful.
My Double Bass Duet Teacher at Junior RNCM from 2006 to 2009
Rachel's taught me in my 'Double Bass Duo' lessons at Junior RNCM since I joined. I've had loads of fun with my double bass partner Andy in these lessons and I bet we've skint Rachel because she's bought loads of great repertoire for us to play. Rachel's ended up being like a big sister who I can share my playing problems and dilemmas with. She also tries to make it to some of my gigs. She's been a great help.
My Jazz Bass Teacher from 2008 to Present
I first studied with John at Jamey Aebersold's 2008 Jazz summer school in London and now travel to his home in Cologne (Germany) for lessons. John's simply one of the World's greatest jazz double bassists. He's the solo bassist with the WDR Big Band in Cologne and is actively involved in the jazz scene as a bassist, bandleader, composer, teacher, clinician and author. If I can end up being half the player he is, that'll do me!
To visit John's website, Please Click Here.
My First Ever Double Bass Teacher from 2003 to 2006
Lorna got me started on double bass and got me through my early days, early grades and my Junior RNCM audition. She stuck with me through all the weeks of not practicing and didn't dump me. She was great and I owe her a lot.
Thomas Martin (Double Bass Masterclass)
I was honoured to be asked to play double bass for a masterclass with the World famous double bassist Thomas Martin for the ESTA (European String Teachers Association) 2009 conference in Manchester. I played 'Elegia' by Giovanni Bottesini with and it was a real privilege to play for Mr Martin who's the Professor of double bass at the Royal College of Music as well as the International chair of double bass at the Scottish Academy and the ex principal double bassist of the London Symphony Orchestra. He also builds beautiful basses.
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Leon Bocsh (Private Lessons At LDSM)
I'm having private lessons and studying intensively with Leon Bosch at the Lake District Summer Music (LDSM) for ten days in August 09. Sir Charles Groves said about Leon; "I know he can play anything to be found in the repertoire for solo Double Bass for he is a true virtuoso". Leon was born in South Africa and studied double bass at the RNCM in the early 80's and has since gone on to be in that small select group of virtuoso double bass players Worldwide.
My Electric Bass Teacher from 2000 to Present
"He's the man!" Eddie's been the guiding light in my electric bass playing and has taught me since I was a little boy (nine to be exact) and has taken me right through my Rock School exams and we're now working on a diploma programme. We also play in a band together and he's not just helped me with the bass, but with my recordings too and even comes on a few recording jobs with me. I owe Eddie everything!
My Electric Bass Teacher at QES from 2008 to 2009
Dave has helped me with my bass soloing and improvisation as a part of my A level music studies at QES.
My Piano Teacher at Junior RNCM from 2006 to 2009
Duncan's both a fine recital pianist, accompanist and teacher and has all the patience in the World with me. As a second study pianist who only started piano in 2006, Duncan understands that my priority is to my first love, the bass, and has stuck with me and supported me whist at Junior RNCM.
My Aural Training Teacher at Junior RNCM in 2006 to 2007 and from 2008 to 2009
I first had Michael for Aural lessons in 2006. In 2008 we were time tabled together again at Junior RNCM. He's a brilliant Organist and musician and there's no doubt that my ear's improved because of him.
My Aural Training Teacher at Junior RNCM in 2007 to 2008
My Composition Teacher at Junior RNCM from 2008 to 2009
My Composition Teacher at Junior RNCM in 2006 to 2008
My Theory Teacher at Junior RNCM in 2006 to 2008
My Theory Teacher from 2008 to present
Jazz Trio & Big Band Tutor
My Jazz Trio & Big Band Tutor from 2007 to 2009
Eileen's been great to work with in the Junior RNCM Big Band and Jazz trio. I've learned alot about jazz, musicianship and performance from her and hope she'll be teaching and directing me in ensembles when I'm at the RNCM next year. I'd also love to gig with her in the future.
Queen Elizabeth School (AKA, QES)
QES Music Department
QES is a wonderful 'Arts' school. It has a great head of music in Jen Hartley and she has a great team in Dave Foster and Gareth Leather and a massive team of peri's like Dave Kellet (my 'A' level instrumental teacher). The head of the arts at QES is Peter Hooper who's as well as being the Assistant Head is also an ex pro musician who's helped and encouraged me so much (and even got me gigs).
QES Music Technology
In 6th form I did the BTEC National Diploma in Music Technology. The couse tutor at QES was Dave Beale who's ace. He's a great bass player and I learnt a lot from him generally. Because QES hasn't got a recording studio, we had weekly lessons in the studio up in the Kendal College's 'Allen Building' where their music technogy lecturer Paul Satterthwaite taught us recording techniques and how to use the latest recording software etc.
QES (One Extra Bit)
In the 6th form at QES, I was the chairman of our charity team. In that year we raised more than ever before. I want to mention one last teacher who's nothing at to do with the music department but has had a massive part of my school life and made going to school a pleasure. Carole Falcus, you're absolutely brilliant.
St Wilfrid's C of E Primary School
As a little boy, my first musical experiences playing to an audience were at my village school, St. Wilfrid's, in Halton-On-Lune. We had an excellent music teacher there called Debbie Pilkington (who's still there) who really encouraged us all to perfom. Debbie did a wonderful job with us and I really enjoyed playing in both the schools orchestra and shows. My little sister Jessica went there too and when her little jazz trio got to play at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Debbie made the trip down with them. She's one in a million.