Victor Wooten: Groove Workshop
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Expanding on the groundbreaking concepts he introduced in his book, The Music Lesson 'A Spiritual Search For Growth Through Music, master bassist Victor Wooten lays out his unique philosophy of teaching and learning music in Groove Workshop, a 2008 DVD from Hudson Music. The two disc set features nearly five hours of material, including a complete master class where Victor, along with bassist/educator Anthony Wellington and six bass students, uses his personal experience and expertise to delve deeper into rarely discussed, yet vitally important, aspects of music making. While traditional music education focuses primarily on developing technique and note-perfect performance, professional musicians like Victor know that there's much more to making music than just playing the right notes. On Groove Workshop, Victor redefines the essential elements of music and demonstrates how to apply them in fresh, creative, musically relevant ways.
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An amazing bass player, and perhaps one of the greatest music teachers of our time. He'll prove to you that there are no "wrong" notes in music, only 12 beautiful tones on a chromatic scale.
No matter what musical instrument you play, you'll play it better and be more satisfied after watching this absolutely brilliant discourse.
Victor also has amazing insight on how to master different techniques and how to really understand how you're interacting with your instrument. EXCELLENT video that teaches not only about music but also about life. WATCH THIS
Vistor's idea that music is a language and should be learned the same way we learn to talk is revolutionary compared to the way I was taught by going right to the mechanics of music. We learn to talk by listening to others who can talk and pick it up at a natural pace one step at a time. The people we talk to encourage us and give us enthusisastic support for even the smallest progress. We need to do this more in our music education. This DVD demonstartes this in the interaction between Victor, Anthony Wellington (fellow instructor and excellent bassist) and the students.
I highly recommend this DVD especially for bassist but also for all musians.
Those aspects aren't taught anywhere. Actually, Victor doesn't really "teach" those aspects either. But he successfully demonstrates them and widens your point of view about being a musician. This video would widen your horizon and make you find out what to focus on for the following years of musical growth - and what you shouldn't overrate meanwhile. For example; he plays a solo in Gm with all the notes NOT included within the Gm scale, being careful about the aspects mentioned. Then, he plays a solo in Gm with all the notes included within the Gm, intentionally ignoring the aspects mentioned. And guess what? The first one sounds better.
His insight about evaluating music as a language and the necessity of having people approach to learning music like learning a language was also very good. Like; did we start learning our language by memorizing the rules first? Probably not. So why learn music by memorizing rules first?
I highly recommend this DVD to any musician at any level.