Bassist Spotlight #2: Victor Wooten

15 04 2010

Ah, Vic. I was lucky enough to see Mr. Wooten live in concert while he was touring solo a few years back. At the time, I was still a novice bassist, and seeing the things he could do with his bass absolutely inspired me to go home and see if I could (eventually) do the same.

Vic is known for his non-conventional slap-style playing, and he usually sticks to his own mixture of funk and jazz. I have never seen a bassist with so much control over the fretboard: He moves up and down it like nobody’s business, and just when you think, “Okay. He’s got to play a wrong note sometime,” he launches into another amazing, heartfelt riff.

Here is a video that gives a lot of insight into the non-traditional way that Vic views playing bass. I apologize that it’s somewhat of an advertisement for his DVD (which is wholly worth buying if you dig his style), but pay attention to what he’s saying, it’s pretty interesting.

He’s also one of the most chill, down-to-earth musicians out there, even though he’s played with the likes of Bela Fleck (he was the bassist for The Flecktones: watch the video below) and many other uber-famous people. Check him out, he will not disappoint!