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Howard’s passion for music was kindled in the idyllic landscapes of Suffolk, at the renowned Royal Hospital School. His early musical experiences with the French horn and bass drum set the stage for a lifelong journey in music, but it was the soulful resonance of the bass guitar that truly spoke to his heart.
At the Royal Hospital School, Howard was privileged to play with renowned ensembles such as the Royal Marines Band Training Band and The BBC Big Band, and acclaimed saxophonist, Derek Nash. His talent led him to perform at high-profile international events, like the Calgary Stampede, and even before Her Majesty, the Queen, during her visit to Newmarket (source).
To hone his bass playing skills, Howard enrolled at the renowned Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford post-school. Here, he had the privilege to learn under the mentorship of eminent musicians and teachers like Brian Henry (Soul II Soul, Shola Ama, Incognito), Sandy Beales (One Direction, Wheatus, Loick Essien), Arron McSporran (Virvum, Mark Letteri), and Kevin Glasgow (Tommy Smith, Tim Garland).
But Howard’s journey didn’t stop at performing. His musical prowess is complemented by a Master’s degree in International Events Management at the University of Brighton, which he attained with distinction, adding another layer to his eclectic portfolio, enabling him to handle the logistic intricacies of the music industry. This unique combination of musical prowess and managerial acumen makes him a valuable asset on and off the stage.
Further reinforcing his credentials, Howard has been DBS checked – an assurance of his integrity and trustworthiness, crucial for those seeking a safe and secure learning environment. He holds a Grade 8 with Distinction in Bass Guitar from the Registry of Guitar Tutors (RGT), and has achieved the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Grade 5 music theory, also with distinction. These qualifications serve as testament to his high-level musical knowledge and proficiency.
Beyond his extensive performance experience with a myriad of up-and-coming artists, , including the popular Thomas Heppel Blues Band. Howard is also deeply passionate about teaching. To guide aspiring musicians on their own musical journeys, he has carefully crafted five comprehensive tuition books, available on the website or through Amazon. For more insights into Howard’s professional experiences, explore the Testimonials section.
‘I am a versatile player who can competently match the ‘feel’ and perform a variety of techniques and playing styles to suit a particular song. I love listening and playing to all types of music! Which has caused me to have an expansive musical palette and catalogue of suitable tones. The bass guitar is my main instrument but I can also play synth bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar and backing vocals. Through my years of playing, I have also had experience working with large bands that require sight-reading music notation, as well as performing alongside many up and coming artists.’
Howard’s music career is an ongoing journey of continuous learning and sharing. He invites you to join him and immerse yourself in the rhythm of the bass. Connect with Howard and let him guide you in your exploration of the bass guitar. Learn, play, and experience the transformative power of music.
Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what industry professionals and fellow musicians have to say about working with Howard. Read all the testimonials here.
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Upgrade your musical journey with Howard’s meticulously crafted tuition books, designed to meet the learning needs of musicians at all skill levels. These instructional materials will help you master the intricacies of the bass guitar and delve deeper into music theory. Discover the full range of products in the Store.
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Compelling Review from Bassist, Teacher and Author Barend Tromp!
“In his book ‘How to Master the Electric Bass’ Howard Head is introducing a very wide range of basic concepts for the beginning bass student, regardless of musical style. In the introduction of this book he says it all: ‘this book will not tell you what to play, but instead, give you all the tools and knowledge to help you nurture your own sound and playing style’. And that is exactly what Howard does.
All the important things that you need to know when you start your bass career are discussed. Topics as varied as setting up your bass, gear advice and even records and music film recommendations are covered in the first part of the book. In the second part Howard explains how to play the instrument, treating the basics of techniques such as finger style, pick playing and slap bass and also how to read music (in tabs and standard notation). Every exercise is provided with a thorough explanation, which makes it easy for the student to understand.
A large part of the book is devoted to learning how to master the fretboard. It is explained for four, five and six string bass. Howard does this on the basis of scales, making use of fretboard diagrams.
The last part of the book treats the theoretical side of music. Understanding rhythms, scales and harmony, the circle of fifths, intervals, chord function and modes.
Along with this extended book Howard also provides audio recordings and backing tracks of every exercise. How to master the electric bass is very thorough study for every serious bass students. I recommend this book to everyone picking up the bass, no matter what musical genre you want to play.”
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Explore a variety of services offered by Howard, tailored to meet your individual musical needs.
1. Freelance Bass Player: Looking for a talented bassist for your gig or recording session? Howard is available to provide the right ‘feel’ and deliver a variety of playing styles to suit your musical needs.
2. Remote Recording Services: Can’t meet in person? Howard provides remote recording services to bring your musical projects to life from anywhere in the world. Explore more about this service.
3. Bass Guitar Lessons: Learn from a pro! Howard offers personalized lessons, ranging from the basics for beginners to advanced techniques for seasoned players. Book a bass guitar lesson.
For more details on these offerings, including pricing and availability please get in touch!
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Are you inspired by a captivating bass line in a song, but can’t seem to figure it out? Allow Howard to help you break down those complex rhythms and bring the music to life on paper with his Bass Transcription Service.
With Howard’s highly developed ear for music and comprehensive understanding of bass guitar techniques, he can accurately notate any bass line for you. No matter how complex the rhythm or elusive the notes, Howard’s expertise ensures that every detail is captured.
This service is not only a great tool for learning and understanding intricate bass lines but also a valuable resource for musicians wishing to recreate or adapt bass parts for their compositions.
Howard’s Bass Transcription Service is a testament to his commitment to sharing his passion for music and helping others on their musical journey. With precise and clear transcriptions, Howard brings the world of music to your fingertips, helping you decipher, learn, and master any bass line.
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Bass Guitar Blog
The ‘Bass Guitar Blog’ is Howard’s digital diary, where he shares his experiences, tips, and insights into the world of bass guitar. Whether you’re an aspiring bassist or a seasoned player looking to expand your knowledge, there’s always something new to learn. Check out the latest posts here.
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