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Victor Wooten's bass camp?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Steve Clark, Sep 10, 2004.

  1. Steve Clark

    Steve Clark

    Jan 9, 2004
    London ON
    Has anyone been to this? I would like to apply next year. I'm 38 but I think it would be a great experience.

    What are the audition/application requirements? I asked by email but they said I would have to wait until next year to find out.

  2. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I went last year. I had to apply 3 times before I finally got in. That's the thing, they aren't trying to weed people out, they don't care how well you play or how much you know.

    The application asks a bunch of questions to help give them an idea of your character, who you are..etc., then they try and mix as many different sounding people as they can together, giving preferential treatment to those who have applied more than once.

    Since its inception the camp has grown tremendously. The first camp had ~50 students, with maybe 150 applications. Now they get about 600-1000 applications a year and they accept ~60. That's why they've started doing 2 camps a year. The demand is high.

    It was a very very awesome week, And despite the price of the camp, all things considered, it's quite a bargain. Given that you get lessons with some amazing players, guys that charge triple digits for lesson time otherwise. Aside from that, the nature aspect is really eye-opening stuff. Jon young is a fascinating guy with lots of great stories. Additionally the activities are fun and creative, and the food is amazing.

    The only downsides that I can think of right now, would be the weather; hot, humid, muggy for most days and we had a wicked rain storm for some days. And it's only a week.
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  3. I went in 2002...it was a pretty moving experience, I got to meet Vic, Bela, Chris McBride, Steve Bailey, Chuck Rainey, etc. (Got to talk with Chuck at length). Also I got to jam w/Jeff Coffin, Regi Wooten, and J.D. Blair. He has some guest speakers that talk about a variety of nature-related topics.

    It was my 1st experience w/yoga, tai chi (sp?), and other things...it was very cool.

    If you're looking for a more straight music oriented camp, I would suggest 'Bass at the Beach' or Gerald Veasey's Bass Boot camp.
  4. battousai


    Sep 3, 2004
    Nashville, TN
    I just got back from BNC 2004 and I am now a different player and a different human being. I don't have words to describe the experience. Plus, our guests this time were Gerald Veasley, Will Lee, and Stanley Clarke!
  5. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002

    Awesome! I'm happy for you that you got to meet some of those cats. GReat times, I can't wait for a reunion camp.
  6. Steve Clark

    Steve Clark

    Jan 9, 2004
    London ON
    Thanks guys. It sounds like it would be great. For sure I will put my application in when next year rolls around.

  7. Bass Tranquil

    Bass Tranquil

    Nov 16, 2003
    Hopefully I'll see you there Steve. I really want to attend this camp, and almost did this past time around.

    But I can only fund so many interests in a given summer.
  8. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    I'd love to do it, personally...at 16, however, I can't afford it.

    Even so, where is it and how much does it cost?
  9. ivanthetrble


    Sep 9, 2002
    Held about an hour outside of Nashville Tenn. Actually, I think it is a bargin! I went last fall and the week was $600. That included lodging, classes, a week of good food, everything. Pretty reasonable if you ask me.
  10. Rickenbrad


    Aug 13, 2007
    how was the food, or what kinds of food is there at the camp? (i'm a picky eater)
  11. JimHouchin


    Mar 19, 2016
    Bump.... Any new info on this? I was wondering if anyone has went recently?
  12. George1962


    Jan 9, 2017
    Houston, TX
    I'm a bit concerned that as a beginner most of the classes would be over my head. I terrible at theory. Thoughts?
  13. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    Don't be worried about that. Victor and all the people associated with the camp are all extremely nice people and they work with you on the level you're at.
  14. JimHouchin


    Mar 19, 2016
    Looks like they have a three day theory camp! That said, I would have to agree with LowNote... no way they care what "shape" your bass playing is in. They are there to get you to YOUR next level. BELIEVE me, I've had more than one Bass "Instructor" crawl RIGHT UP MY @SS for generally "sucking" and "wasting their time." EVEN though I was paying them and they knew I'm just a hobbyist! That said, Victor's reputation proceeds him and I will bet there will be no shenanigans.
  15. George1962


    Jan 9, 2017
    Houston, TX
    Thanks. I am defintely a "hobbyest" myself. I am 54 years old and don't plan to tour anytime soon! LOL!!!
    Any other old farts out there?
  16. JimHouchin


    Mar 19, 2016
    Yep, crossing into the mid-40's here. I've been playing (after a long, long break) for about a year. KILLIN the SBL (Scott D), TalkingBass (Mark M), Janek, Joe Hubbard and YouTube in general! Different world for learning bass and I'm lovin it!!
  17. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I went in 2001. The oldest camper was 70 and the youngest was 15. Age and ability matter exactly zero. An open mind and a kind personality are all you need to thrive there.

    I have said it for years. When it comes to Victor, Steve Bailey, JD, Anthony Wellington, Adam Nitti, etc. and all the guys involved with that camp they are even better humans than they are bassists.

    I can't say enough good things about the experience. If you can possibly swing it, try to go. No matter how hard you have to save or how inconvenient the travel it, it is well worth the expense/effort.

    I actually drove 12 hours from Eastern NC to attend. Even the road trip to and from was dang near spiritual.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2017
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  18. George1962


    Jan 9, 2017
    Houston, TX
    Going to have to check this out! I need something to look forward to in order to avoid losing motivation and giving up so soon. I wish I had some natural born musical talent!
  19. FWIW, I know a local guy who says VW's camp changed his life & he is one of the better bassists around here.
    That said, he doesn't play professionally.
  20. George1962


    Jan 9, 2017
    Houston, TX
    Sounds stupid, but is Victor at all the camps?