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2012 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #3: Victor Wooten

Victor Wooten

Another well deserving and permanent fixture on our annual reader favorite lists is Victor Wooten. The highlight for us was the release of his two new albums, Words and Tones and Sword and Stones – both in heavy rotation here at NT HQ.

Another highlight for us was Rod Taylor’s three-part interview with Victor – each focused on a different aspect of these new albums.

Plus, the always jaw-dropping videos featuring the bassist who is known for causing that reaction just about every time he shows up. Don’t miss our complete Victor Wooten archive.

Victor Wooten: “Isn’t She Lovely”, Live Solo Bass Performance

1. Victor Wooten: “Isn’t She Lovely”, Live Solo Bass Performance

In April, Victor Wooten held a music clinic at a music school in Mechanicsville, Virginia. One of the songs he performed was his solo bass take on Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely”. The folks who shared this video said that this was recorded “at 8am on a Sunday morning, and during a torrential downpour…

Victor Wooten: “Secret” Harmonic Technique

2. Victor Wooten: “Secret” Harmonic Technique

As part of our three part interview with Victor Wooten, we’ve shared several exclusive videos for the series. So many, we’re afraid some might get lost in the mix. And so, we decided to pull one out to share today. Here, Victor shares his technique for the solo on “Sword and Stone”…

Playing with Words and Music: An Interview with Victor Wooten (Part 1)

3. Playing with Words and Music: An Interview with Victor Wooten (Part 1)

In connection with the release of Words and Tones
and Sword and Stone, we featured three different interviews with Victor, each focused on a different aspect of these new albums. In the first of these conversations, we got a chance to ask Victor about the motivation for such an unusual move. As you might expect, his reasons are anything but ordinary…

Victor Wooten: “The Lesson”, Live

4. Victor Wooten: “The Lesson”, Live

EMG has shared an excellent video by the one and only Victor Wooten, performing his tune, “The Lesson” live in studio. The tune was written as a companion for his book, The Music Lesson, and appeared on the soundtrack released last year. Is there anything Victor can’t do?

Victor Wooten: Live Solo Bass at 2011 NAMM Show

5. Victor Wooten: Live Solo Bass at 2011 NAMM Show

While we were packing our bags for the 2012 Winter NAMM show, we started looking back at some videos from the previous year’s show and found this gem from Victor Wooten. Victor was performing at the Music Education Day session and delivered the keynote presentation…