Yeah, I'm talking about solo bass music.. I'm not talking about a bass solo in the context of a Jazz band (which is another topic), I'm talking about music that is centered and focused on bass - an instrument, that from it's conception all the way until the 20th Century, was never seen (or heard) as a "solo" instrument, but rather an accompanying instrument.. and for good reason, since the majority of people (most being non-musicians) have a harder time hearing the bass, than they do hearing a higher register instrument such as a sax, or an instrument that has a broad range like the piano (which typically is soloed on in the middle and upper registers). So it makes logical sense that instruments that are in the higher range, that most people can really distinguish the easiest, have traditionally became known to be "solo" instruments. I think there's reason why there have been hundreds or even thousands of famous violin soloists, but only a handful of famous tuba soloists - and I believe it's because the tuba (and any other instrument that reads from the bass clef) just doesn't appeal to the masses on its own, because it was designed to be a supportive instrument. We all know that bass instruments play a vital role in the music as a whole, and even non-musicians, although they may not know exactly what the bass is doing at any given time, they would sure notice if it just stopped! But I think there's a reason people don't normally perceive bass as a solo instrument. Just about everyone has heard of "The Four Tenors". But I couldn't tell you the name of a single famous bass opera singer.. partly because opera isn't my thing, but yet I can still name all four famous tenors, so that says something. Back to bass soloists.. If 98% of Victor Wooten's listeners are other bass players (which is pretty undeniable I think), doesn't that sort of make what he's doing a more of a "how-to manual" on the technique to play bass, and less than actual "music" - if it only appeals to people who are trying to gain that skill. Don't get me wrong, VW is a better technical bass player than I would be if I lived to be 1000 years old. And I'm NOT saying what he does isn't music. However, I don't personally think what he does is very "musical". I think I'm a pretty open-minded musician (some of you may not agree at this point, lol). I believe if something speaks to you, then who am I to tell you anything. So please don't be offended at my personal musical taste. However, I feel like I need to make the point that when I have showed Wooten to others who do not play music, they all, universally, have absolutely zero interest in it whatsoever. I think to non-musicians and especially non-bassists, that all his chops just come across as self-indulgent noodling, on an "unfamiliar" sounding instrument. Even being a bass player, I have never gone away singing anything I heard from him, and I think that's a big part of why it isn't very appealing to most people as what they consider "music" to be. I think most people need to relate to it before they really consider it (their definition of) music. How many times have you heard someone say, "Rap isn't real music."? Sure it's music, and so is VW and all the other solo bassists out there, to those who perceive it as such. But the people who that stuff doesn't appeal to, hardly see it even as music. So if you only appeal to other bassists, then isn't it at least worth mentioning that maybe your a better teacher than an artist. You don't need to be a painter to appreciate the Sistine Chapel, or an architect to appreciate Notre Dame. But it sure seems that you pretty much have to be a bass player to appreciate solo bass. So does it stand on its own as music/art, or just a series of weak compositions full of great technique? I see so many bassists nowadays doing the solo bass thing. And just because I don't get it, that does NOT mean that I think you're "wrong" or anything like that if that's what you do or like to listen to. But I've always wanted to ask a solo bassist, "Did you pick the wrong instrument and now it's too late to change?".. because the opportunities for solo bassists are so limited compared to basically all other instruments. I'll be honest and say that it seems to me like most solo bassists are more concerned with showing every trick they've ever learned (usually in just one piece too), than playing something that is truly composed well. I have no doubt ego plays a big role to some people carrying the flag for this genre. And I also realize that some people just appreciate the chops and don't care about ego. I'll even say that I'm glad that guys like VW exist, because variety is the spice of life. But I guess I just have a hard time understanding the personal motivation behind wanting to take an instrument that historically and socially, doesn't appeal to the majority of people as a solo instrument, and "forcing" it to play that role. Ok go.