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Victor Wooten's technique

Discussion in 'Ask Michael Dimin' started by nspark, Feb 16, 2003.


  1. Firstly, I'm new here to Talk Bass, but I go by "jazzbasseveryday" on The Dude Pit (it was too long a name to register here).

    Secondly, the reason that I chose "lonelyjazzbass" is because I have no one to play the bass with. Church, high school...can't play there for various reasons. I'm also not that interested in playing rock, so no local bands to join either, really.

    Anyways, my big thing is that I would like to play (even if just to myself) solo-ish stuff that isn't just a bass line I learned from a song I heard. Now, in no way do I ever expect myself to be able to play like Victor Wooten, and I'm sure it's naive to ask, but I was wondering if anyone out there could enlighten me as to how (or at least some tips of) how Victor Wooten does what he does. I guess that the biggest thing would be his "double thumbing," I think. Two-hand tapping too. I mean, he's just flat-out good, so there's no "one" thing. But, those two elude me. Is a certain bass setup also helpful/essential to doing either of these proficiently? Surely, though, it is the player, not the bass that makes all the difference.

    -Nick, the naive high-school senior bass player in Tampa
     
  2. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    Clinician: EA, Zon, Boomerang, TI. Author "The Art of Solo Bass"