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Victor Wooten Bass and nature camp

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by JacoJr, Apr 7, 2003.

  1. JacoJr

    JacoJr Guest

    Mar 26, 2002
    Decatur GA.
    Does anyone know anything about this camp? can a 17 year old go?
    Would my money be better spent on a Jaime Abersold camp?
    Does anyone know of any good Bass camps?
  2. yoshi


    Jul 12, 2002
    England, London
    Theres a section on his site if you didnt check it out already; www.victorwooten.com

    I doubt that it'll be worth the $750 (I think) to be honest, half the time will be spent rummaging through animal cack, identifying who dropped it and when.
  3. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    I went To Gerald Veasley's Bass Camp for 500, it was totally worth it. There was a 12 year old there, and actually he wasn't bad at all! It seems there were many high school students there. If you can get in and you can afford it, of course being instructed by the worlds best talent is beneficial. however, witht he nature camp, I don't know what events take place.
  4. BassAxe


    Jul 22, 2002
    Culpeper, VA
    I don't mean to brag or anything. It was not my first time applying.

    Did anyone else get the good news on the 2nd of June?

    After not making it twice before, all I can say to those who didn't make it: Keep trying. I'll post again in September to let people know if it was worth it.

  5. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I got in too!

    I got the good news june 1st ;)

    then I got the revised acceptance letter june 2nd.

    I can't wait.

    I'll bring my TB hat, so you will know me.

  6. BassAxe


    Jul 22, 2002
    Culpeper, VA
    I'll be the fat guy with a Tacoma CB10

    Congratulations. :D

    See you in September.

  7. I went to the camp in 2002.

    It was great. Met lots of cool folks. Got to see some interesting players ... like Bela Fleck, Chris McBride, Edgar Meyer, John Billings, and of course, Vic, Steve, Adam, and Chuck Rainey.

    There were some great bass classes - one of the ones I really got a lot out of was Anthony Wellington's (Vic's bass tech) 'permutations' lesson. Man, that could keep you busy for months and months! Vic, Adam, and Steve also offered some cool stuff.

    If you're wanting an all bass camp, this is not it. There is a lot of nature stuff; I found it interesting. Also I got introduced to yoga there.

    I would recommend it...the nature stuff may sound hokey at first but I definitely took something away from it.
  8. BassAxe


    Jul 22, 2002
    Culpeper, VA
    I finally heard back from Woot Camp about my attending the Autumn session.

    Appearently, my deposit and release form were never recieved. :(

    It has been driving me nuts that I never recieved any kind of confirmation, nor had my check for the deposit ever cleared my checking account.

    Anyone else, don't assume they got your info already and just show up. I would be immensly irked if I got there and was told that I'd just have to turn around and go back home.

    I don't mean this as criticism, just a heads up for anyone else who had been accepted but never got confirmation. Being a father myself, I understand about the new baby and all.
    Congrats to Vic and his wife on their new daughter, Arianna.
  9. thewanderer24


    Apr 29, 2002
    SJ, CA
    Thought I'd revive a very old thread.

    For the few of you that have attended victor's nature/bass camp. what were your thoughts?

    I guess my main question is about the atmosphere. Was it an ultra-competitive wank fest, or a friendly, sharing learning environment between the campers??

    I am a nature guy, so I know I would enjoy the outdoors part of things.
  10. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    The atmosphere was... busy. Literally, you're pretty much doing something every minute of every day. Wake up really early, goto bed really late. There are a couple hours total in a given day you might have to sit down and take a breather, but it's pretty much just a big frantic jumble of stuff going on.

    As far as the players. I'd say there were a handful of people wanking away at whatever chance they had, but there were also a whole bunch of really considerate and thoughtful players that didn't step on anyone's toes, and didn't try and be something they were not.

    There was one night, when a bunch of people were 'jamming' in the main hall. It was like 7 bass amps accommodating 10 people, it was too much, couldn't hear a thing! the whole room was just a big blur of booming noises. That night vic blew a gasket and left the campgrounds to go meditate or something. The next morning he came back and gave a little talk about being considerate when you're playing heh.

    The nature stuff was definitely my favorite part of the camp. A man by the name of Jon Young gave a seminar about his journey into tracking, and it was incredible. But there were some very valuable music lessons snuck in there as well.

    I'm most likely going to goto the reunion camp this august, I will know for sure in 2 days(on my birthday)
  11. thewanderer24


    Apr 29, 2002
    SJ, CA
    Cool, thanks for the reply on this. It sounds like Victor and the crew want it to be done the right way. There's always gonna be egos.

    Happy B-Day. Mine's coming in a few weeks.

    I am probably gonna be applying as soon as stuff opens up this week. Seems like a good adventure and a chance to meet some new people.

    BTW, is your moniker a reference to NoMeansNo, by chance?
  12. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Nah, I had this screen name before I ever heard of nomeansno, but they are a radical band.
  13. Sane

    Sane Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2004
    Melbourne Fl
    Seems like an enjoyable and worth while venture... though im not much of a nature guy(nevermind the fact I live in Alabama), give me a beach or pool before ya give me dirt or a tree. To each his own.... I like Vic and all... but I dont know if id follow him into the woods. Hes a wonderful bass player but in case of an attack could he double thumb a bear? :meh:
  14. thewanderer24


    Apr 29, 2002
    SJ, CA
    They are definitely a great band. One of my all time favorite rhythm sections.
  15. lakiehelena


    Aug 2, 2005
    Marketing & PR, Lakland
    Bass Nature Camp was cool. No, hot. It lit me on fire.

    The classes and players and students (Wooties) were all great. My session featured special guests Marcus Miller, Rhonda Smith, Michael Manring and Adam Nitti. The staff includes Victor, Reggie "Teacher" Wooten, Steve Bailey, Dave Welsch, Anthony Wellington and bass legend Chuck Rainey.

    To say it was inspiring is an understatement.

    I would say, for me anyway, it was a place to be exposed to a ton of stuff, and to get my head on straight, and get real about how much these guys put into it to get what they got out of it (i.e., their careers and chops.)

    I can learn theory and technique anywhere (but believe me there was plenty of that offered...) but for me the most important thing that came out of it was getting totally inspired, real and focused about what I needed to do to be able to play at the level I want to play.

    I also established what I know will be life-long new friendships with people from all over the country and world with other bassists. You become part of a tight knit very supportive network as a result of that experience.

    As for the nature part, after living in the city for 12 years it was so awesome to be back in the woods for a week. The best part was seeing the wonderment in the eyes of one guy that had never been out of the city when he found a toad in the field we were doing an exercise in. The things I experienced on the nature side of the program were just as important as the bass experiences. In both cases you end up doing things you didn't think you could do.

    The best part of the whole thing was jamming with Reggie Wooten's band the last night and realizing how much I'd already been affected by the experience. And the results/effects are still unfolding. I would not be moving forward as fast as I am now without having had that experience.

    PM me if you want more info. - Helena
  16. Nadav


    Nov 13, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
    I was in the same session as Helena and it was an amazing experience. The nature stuff was great, as were the lessons (of course... when they're taught by Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Anthony Wellington, Chuck Rainey, Adam Nitti, etc), and the group. Oh, and jamming with Derico Watson and Regi Wooten was great. :bassist:

    And yes, they take people from all age groups. I'm 16, and the ages went all the way up to people in their 60's.
    I have some pictures up at http://nadav.name/bnc
  17. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I hope to see you two at the next reunion camp :)
  18. Garey

    Garey Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 23, 2003
    Northern California
    Artist Relations/Product Specialist: Mesa Boogie
    I was at BNC 2003 with Wrong Robot.....wow, what an experience! Well worth the $$$ IMO.

    For something similar, but different....check out Vic and Steve's Bass At The Beach, in Myrtle Beach, SC. Application period is open now until Mid-December....its about 14+ hours a day of Classes, Lectures, Clinics, and NIGHTLY CONCERTS with special guests! Instructors are Vic, Steve, Mike Pope, and Gregg Bissonette.....and special guests have included MIKE STERN, Chris Duarte, Jimmy Herring, Oteil and the Peacemakers, and MORE!!


    I'm on staff if anyone has any questions....

    And I want to say how seriously GREAT it is that these guys put on events like these. They do it for the LOVE of it....and don't profit off it....VERY cool.

    Aloha, Garey
  19. BassAxe


    Jul 22, 2002
    Culpeper, VA
    I have been so much wanting to post here about my experience at BNC. I was at the same camp as Garey and WrongRobot in September 2003. I got accepted to the reunion camp this past August, but scheduling conflicts occurred. I did make it to the F.U.N.K. Festival immediately after the re-union. It was cool seeing some familiar faces and new ones, too.

    My BNC experience has been part of the reason why I don't come back to this website, much. I used to come here with questions. My BNC experience led me to know that I already know the answers.

    Sheesh, so much time has passed. During that time my wife and I have had a son. Vic and Holly have had another son, too. My daughter got to play with Arianna Wooten and Adam Wooten around the grounds at F.U.N.K. Fest. Heck, Adam jammed on my djembe as I accompanied him on didjeridoo while Ma Wooten (Vic's mom, the one you hear on his albums) sat nearby listening to her grandson making music.

    But back to the camp. There's more to it than just nature and bass. I could put it all into words about as well as I could express it by drawing you a picture. How do you describe a color to someone who has never seen light? Fifty people gathered in the woods for a week, each seeking something different. And we each got something out of it as individual as the person. What happens next, Helena, is up to you. Welcome to the Fellowship of Wooties.

    Take Care,