Victor Wooten: Groove Workshop
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Victor and Anthony break these elements of music down in a very logical manner, allowing us as musicians to take a sober look at what we actually know and don't know. This can be a very shocking reality check, but it's also very inspiring.
The content is best suited for good bass players who want to grow into great bass players, but it is also applicable to beginning and intermediate bass players, and to musicians in general. Some exercises are strictly for bass players, but this video teaches music as a whole.
You won't learn how to play the VWB's funk-infused jazz from this series of lessons, but you will learn something more valuable -- how to make whatever you do more musical.
Victor's approach to learning music is unusual, but it's not radical. He does not attempt to replace the classic methods, but to supplement them. I would be skeptical if his teaching methods were radical, but they are simply based on observation of how music really works.
The setting on this DVD is a class room with six bass-geeks, holding some very expensive Fodera and other assorted boutique basses, gawking at Victor and his assistant Anthony Wellington. The first sign that this DVD may offer something for bass playing mortals like myself is the first assignment: Victor has his disciples play something on their basses. For all the thousands of dollars that is sitting in their laps, most of them acually sound like crap! Good to know Victor isn't preaching for a selected audience of professional bassists with cum laude conservatory diplomas.
Victor then has his students make a Top Ten of the most important aspects of music, like "Choice of notes", "Groove", "Articulation", etc. Interestingly, the students come up with "Listening" as the last entry, and only after some prompting by Victor. Good point made right there.
Victor elaborates on all ten aspects, throwing in several great exercises, some of which I will definitely start using. For anyone who might think they will be watching a philosophy lecture, there are several "How to" segments during Q & A time at the end of the video. Funny that in the end, the bass geeks just want to know how Victor does that double thumb thing. Fortunately for them and us, Victor, being the cool guy that he is, doesn't show any disappointment that apparently technique (again) beats philosophy and is happy to oblige.Read more ›
The workshop is more about practical philosophy for bass than specific techniques. He won't teach you slap and pop or tapping, nor will he do much with scales or arpeggios, but he will get you thinking about translating your techniques into an expression of you as an artist. This video is about breaking through the mechanical parts of bass playing and conveying music and emotion, and as a bassist bogged down in playing mechanically, I really benefitted from this.
While mostly centered on jazz, any bass player who gets to improvise or play more complex stuff will benefit from this.
Most of the things Victor teaches I never heard before, certainly not from teachers. I am not saying that this is an alternative to lessons or a complete way all unto itself; I am saying that this is another level of thinking to add to your total approach to music, and a very good one at that.
Well done, Victor. Much, much better than the Entwistle and Jaco videos, which while fun are limited by the reality that those two greats were not teachers. Victor Wooten talks about communicating with the bass, but he also communicates with words and example really well.
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Ace of bass and a fine teacher and communicator who is insightful and endlessly creative.Published 1 month ago by Ian Gray
Victor is pretty out there but he is a fantastic teacher. I learned to think about bass in a different way so that makes this DVD pretty much gold.Published 7 months ago by Matt
I've learned so much from this DVD. Not only in my bass playing but in the way I think about playing music, especially playing music in a band setting. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Matt Hubbard
I've been playing the guitar for over 30 years and always felt 'constrained' by most instructors. The first CD alone is worth the price and helped me break outside the 'box', so... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Grumpa777