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Who taught ________________ to play?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by StrudelBass, Dec 21, 2002.

  1. StrudelBass


    Jul 6, 2002
    This question bothers me so here it goes:

    Who taught the greats to play? Jaco, Victor, Jamerson, etc., who taught them how to play?
  2. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    I did.

    Next question??
  3. I seriously doubt any of the above-mentioned would credit any one person for having taught them how to play. If you could have asked them, they probably would have said something to the effect that they learned from many people, not necessarily all bassists, and that they continue to learn new things from others. Of course, you won't be asking Jaco or Jamerson any time soon.
  4. right on XG, hows your daughter coming along with her bass?
  5. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Oh wow, man. The first time Vic came to see me for his first lesson, he was as nervous as a pretty man in prison. So, I start off by showing him where all of the "E's" are on the bass, then I showed him..............
  6. StrudelBass


    Jul 6, 2002
    Thanks for tainting my topic.
  7. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA

    It's very taintable. And like addressed above, it's hard to link a single person to all those bass greats as teachers. And teachers are usually just the beginning, especially for bassists as phenomenal as them.
  8. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    If my memory serves me correctly I think Jamerson learned to play the bass in school. I think I read that in Standing In The Shadows of Motown.
  9. Oooooooooookay..

    I don't know who taught Jamerson but If I'm not wrong, Jaco learned a lot of theory from a jazz guitarist he knew, dont know his name. Victor was taught initially by his older brother Reggie Wooten.
  10. According to Bill Milkowski, Jaco learnt a lot of his theory from ****** Brent, who was the MD for Wayne Cochrane and the CC Riders, in the back of their tour bus.
  11. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    Apparently Michael Manring studied with Jaco.

    Cass Lewis although not a great but played with Skunk Anansie and now Gary Moore was taught by Mikey from Culture Club!

    John Pattatuci (sp) stated in an interview that he studied with Abe Laboriell (again sp).
  12. DaveBeny


    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    Jaco picked up a lot of stuff through his friend Bob Bobbing - I believe it was Bobbing who first showed him the 16th-note muted style and artificial harmonics (it's all in the Milkowski book).

    Stanley Clarke was shown a few things on the electric by Colin Hodgkinson in 1972 when Return to Forever and Back Door were on together for a fortnight at Ronnie Scotts in London. Stanley mostly stuck to upright at the time, but did play a Gibson EB0 on a couple of tunes. Colin was already playing chords/melodies/soloing and slapping/tapping on a Precision. Apparently, Stanley asked Colin backstage to show him a few of these new techniques. The rest is history...
  13. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Jaco's dad also showed him a lot about music itself.
  14. Secksay

    Secksay Guest

    Sep 6, 2002
    New York, NY
    now thats a name. (way to go parents)
  15. Smithplayer

    Smithplayer Guest

    I come from a musical family and I know of many people who have influenced me since I got my first Bass. It was never only one person that did it all. I think this is like the greats you speak of. A person does not learn from only one player/teacher. That's how I would think people get there style. If you learn from more and more people you develope your own taste and style.:)
  16. DaveBeny


    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    Very true. I should have mentioned that.
  17. I can tell you Victor, like his brothers have incredible ears. He said he learned Jaco's Donna Lee by ear.

    The question suggests the teachers in these cases were significant in making the players these guys became. I doubt it. I don't think much could have kept these guys from becoming monster players.

  18. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Being a pretty ex-con, I can empathize.

    BTW are you sure you showed him "all" of the E's? Two this day I still see him hit that E on the A string (third fret) and it just doesn't sound right.
  19. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Everybody they ever heard and a lot of people they talked to and met.
  20. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Bruce: Your post is the very reason why I say that NOBODY is truly self taught.