Jim Wood cut his teeth on the old-time music of his hometown of Fairview, Tennessee where his father, championship guitarist Jimmy Wood, was heavily involved in the local grassroots musical scene. He holds fifteen state championship titles on fiddle and mandolin (including five times the Tennessee State Fiddle Champion) and the Berry C. Williams Memorial Award, and he was presented the Outstanding Achievement Award by governor Ned McWherter for his work in preserving the traditions of Tennessee. He was the founder of the Tennessee Fiddle Orchestra and has taught private students since 1980 (thirty-four of his students have won national and/or state championships). He spent decades in the Nashville studio and live scene working with celebrities too numerous to mention and opened his own professional studio in 1993 where he produces projects for indy artists. He has published nine instructional videos with Homespun Tapes (Hal Leonard) and the Murphy Method (Mel Bay) and writes a regular column for Fiddler Magazine.
Jim has developed over the years his Helix Learning System of teaching (both fiddle music in particular and as well as general musicianship) whereby all musicians can participate in making music together while still being challenged and stimulated at their given level of skill and experience.
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