Victor Wooten-slap bass

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by SKB, Sep 10, 2001.

  1. SKB

    SKB Guest

    What would be the best way to learn how to play Wooten's style of slap bass? I mean the really fast stuff like in classical thump.
  2. istaticl

    istaticl Guest

    Nov 29, 2000
    Prescott, AZ
    Practice some of his stuff until you get it, then use it in your own style.
  3. Oysterman

    Oysterman Guest

    Mar 30, 2000
    Oysterman's learn-how-to-play-like-Wooten-program consists of two major steps:

    1) Understand what he's doing and how he does it.
    2) Practice.
  4. onebassplayer

    onebassplayer Guest

    Jun 20, 2000
    Silver Spring, MD
  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Get Musician's CDPlayer or a similar program.

    You can save a song on your computer and play it at halfspeed or even slower while maintaining the original pitch.

    Now you can follow the flurry of notes much better.
  6. He uses a double thumb tecnique.
    I'm learning this off the 'bass day 98' video where he does a tutorial on it.

    1) put your thumb so that it runs parrallel with the string.
    2) come down on to the string and hit it with the top left corne of your finger nail.
    3) your actually aiming to go through the string and rest it on the string below (so you follow through the string)
    4) when your thumb is resting on the string below, it's in perfect position to come back up. do this and on the way up hit the string in the same place again.

    Thats the double thumb tecnique. Practice makes perfect!!

    after this you add a plucks into it, orde like.....

    thumb, thumb, index pluck, middle pluck
    buh, buh, beh, beh

    ya get it????

    - Russ
  7. Bass385

    Bass385 Guest

    May 30, 2000
    USA, Enid, OK 73703
    He's got a video out, "Victor Wooten - Super Bass Solo Technique" where he shows how he slaps.
  8. SKB

    SKB Guest

    Thanks for the replies, they really help a lot. The double thumb slap and the open hammer pluck are the ones that Im practising, but they are harder than they sound.:)