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2013 Reader Favorites: #6: Victor Wooten

Editor’s Note: At the end of each year, we tally up all the article and video views on No Treble to come up with a list of top 10 most popular bassists. This is entirely based on readership, not on opinions, polls or anything else. Just having some fun.

Victor Wooten

A fixture on our annual Reader Favorites list (and pretty much every other top bassist list out there), is the one and only Victor Wooten.

Victor’s name was attached to a couple of cool gear features this year, starting with the Rybski Wooten Woods Camp Bass. Later in the year, Fodera introduced Victor Wooten Fretless Bass, in a tribute to Joe Compito.

Of course, there were a few mega popular videos too, including one from 2012 featuring Victor’s “secret” harmonic technique.

Another from the archives which still gets a lot of reader views is Rod Taylor’s three-part interview with Vic, published at the time of the release of Sword and Stone and Words and Tones.

Bass of the Week: Rybski Wooten Woods Camp Bass

Bass of the Week: Rybski Wooten Woods Camp Bass

In 2010, extreme flooding left a trail of destruction across much of Tennessee including the area surrounding Nashville. Wooten Woods, Victor Wooten’s home base and teaching haven located near the Duck River, was temporarily overrun by water and had to be evacuated. Rybski built the Wooten Woods Bass entirely from the harvest of downed trees…

Victor Wooten: 2013 NAMM Performance

Victor Wooten: 2013 NAMM Performance

The NAMM Show is one of the highlights of our year… like a family reunion of sorts. But it is massive, and so we often miss many of the great performances that take place on the show’s floor. (Hey, we’re not lying when we say we’re working… at least not completely.) Thankfully, there’s video to show us what we missed, like this one…

Fodera Introduces Victor Wooten Fretless Bass; A Tribute to Joe Compito

Fodera Introduces Victor Wooten Fretless Bass; A Tribute to Joe Compito

Fodera is honoring one of their friends with a bass they’re calling the Victor Wooten Fretless; A Tribute to Joe Compito. The bass is a nearly identical replica of the 5-string fretless bass that the late Joe Compito built for Victor Wooten, which was used on the Grammy-winning Flecktones album Flight of the Cosmic Hippo

Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey and David “Fingers” Haynes: 2013 NAMM Jam

Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey and David “Fingers” Haynes: 2013 NAMM Jam

Another terrific NAMM video with Vic, Steve Bailey and David “Fingers” Haynes laying it down like only they can, quoting the Rolling Stones, Beatles and others, and having a lot of fun…

Victor Wooten: “Secret” Harmonic Technique

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)

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

In connection with the release of Sword and Stone and Words and Tones in 2012, we featured three different interviews with Wooten, 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 of releasing two albums at once. As you might expect, his reasons are anything but ordinary…