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wondering how victor wooten plays cords

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by ivanfeg, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. ivanfeg


    Mar 15, 2012
    Hi all, I came accross victor wooten's vidios of amazing grace on youtube, as well as some of his instructional vids. I'm blind, and can't see the vidios. So I ahve no idea for finger placement. Can anyone help? Was just wondering how he plays the major miner and 9 cords. He's got a crazy way of playing hte bass guitar that I've allways wanted to learn
  2. MalcolmAmos

    MalcolmAmos Supporting Member

    As no one has answered.

    In his Amazing Grace video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEyEu-hS0fA&feature=kp he does many things, but, what I think you have reference to; it looks to me like he is playing notes of the song, the tune, from one of the higher position on the neck, perhaps the 15th fret or above. It's more of a treble clef melody than a chord tone solo. The other thing I'd call a rake, I can't rake so the other guys will have to help with that. That de-tuning took me back to my banjo days... Now on ......

    ..... this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nhYqG4F5fQ Looks like he fingers a chord pattern with his left hand like the 6 string rhythm guitar guys would do and then instead of strumming he sounds individual strings to play the chord tones he wants sounded. Much like what is done in guitar finger picking or in Travis picking, but, Travis picking with out the repetitive thumb part. It's like what is done by the guitar guys.

    This may be way off from what you are asking about .... Wooten does many things all of them well. I may have missed the specific thing you wanted to know about.

    As far as the 9ths, in the second video, they are just part of the chord pattern his left hand forms and are played as needed as individual notes.

    That's what I see........ Now for some ear candy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpMeebtwXB4