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Victor Wooten: Enlighten me.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Robus, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. Robus


    Aug 25, 2013
    Chicago Area
    From what I've seen, an amazing player and a down-to-earth guy. His instructional videos are fantastic.


    I haven't been exposed to a lot of his music. What I have seen was flashy and busy. I understand his band includes another bass player to keep rhythm and lay down the groove.

    What music of his should I be listening to if I want to hear what he sounds like when he isn't soloing, tapping, slapping, playing elaborate chords, and all that. Just laying down the groove. He must have done that for years before he became Victor Wooten.
  2. Clef_de_fa


    Dec 25, 2011
    Listen to Bélà Fleck and the Flecktone. And well ... he still solo in it but everyone solo and it is in the context of a band so it isn't the same but still, that guy play busy and it is his style.
  3. silky smoove

    silky smoove

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    His "Yin-Yang" album was much more groove oriented than some of this other work. Listen to the track "What You Won't Do For Love" off of the "What Did He Say?" album for some great multitrack bass playing that definitely grooves. He did a track for India Arie called "Summer" along with Rascal Flatts where I believe he's playing an acoustic bass guitar, and really just holding it down.
  4. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    This is a great clip of Vic grooving with Bela:
  5. christoph h.

    christoph h.

    Mar 26, 2001
    He's played on albums by guitarist Shane Theriot and there's no "flash" at all on it... Just some great grooving! Victor has incredible time-feel and expressiveness on the bass.
  6. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    in the dog house
  7. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    People tend to focus on the flashy tappity stuff, which IS amazing, but yeah... the dude definitely knows how to groove. He'll step up to shred a solo when it's time for it, and lay back in the pocket when it's time for that. I saw him on tour a year ago, and again with his brothers just a week or so ago, and it's very clear - he aims at great music, not just a chops fest.

    Just a random sample off his recent album, should show how he likes to groove...

  8. Bass Fund

    Bass Fund Banned

    Nov 30, 2013
    He's playing backup one third of the time, when he's touring with Marcus Miller and Stanley Clarke.
  9. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    I put this in an earlier post, but here's a link to a complete SMV concert. Enjoy!:bassist:
  10. R Baer

    R Baer Commercial User

    Jun 5, 2008
    President, Baer Amplification
    I strongly suggest getting "The Music Lesson" on audio books for real insight on just what makes Victor tick. Victor just has a different way of looking at the world and his book really does a great job of letting you get into his head a little. I really enjoyed the book, but the audio book even more, as Victor did the actual narration. While there are no actual music lessons in the book, there are certainly a lot of lessons to live by!
  11. Steveman


    Jun 25, 2010
    Bela Fleck and the Flecktones album Live Art is a great place to start. Victor Wooten's album Palmystery is also one of Vic's better solo albums.
  12. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    +Infinity (at the risk of sounding like a texting teenager!)
  13. Bass Fund

    Bass Fund Banned

    Nov 30, 2013
    Well thank you. Great show.
  14. lfmn16


    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Why do you think there is something to 'get'?

    If you don't like him, you don't like him.
  15. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings

    That album, I felt, was a let down. The only thing that I really enjoyed on that was Marcus Miller, but then I knew M2 could hold it down prior. He still inspires me though, with every note and space.

    To the OP, another +1 on getting "The Music Lesson" in either audio or paper book form. It's a very good read and helps to prioritize what's truly important. I'm not a big Wooten fan, but I greatly enjoyed the read.
  16. Robus


    Aug 25, 2013
    Chicago Area
    Thanks for the suggestions!
  17. Space Pickle

    Space Pickle

    Apr 15, 2013
    He is Wootentastic.
  18. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    The OP did say that he hasn't listened to very much of Victor's playing so I'd say he doesn't have enough information to make a decision.

    To the OP's point: Flashy and busy to me implies a lack of musical content. I've listened to a lot of Victor and everything he does is based on maximum musical expression. Listen to everything that the Flecktones have recorded.
  19. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Phillipsburg, NJ
    I dig Victor! He is just mind blowing. He is on a level that requires a lot of hard work to get to. Hours and Hours of practice but you can see the love he has for it. My favorite thing is that he lives for peace. I don't think there's a mean bone in his body.