Start off any conversation about the bass guitar and Victor Wooten is always one of the first names to come up.
Victor has made playing bass and music, not just a career choice, but a philosophical one. With both his live performances and his Bass Nature Camps, his playing takes the bass to metaphysical heights.
His teachings are influencing and paving the way for a whole new generation of bassists.
I’ve been lucky enough to have shared the stage with Victor one time, and I am very honored and excited to have him as part of this month’s ‘Bass 2 Bass with Freekbass’. Hope you enjoy.
I know you started gigging when you were very young, what was your first bass, and do you still own it?
VW: I was lucky enough to be in a band with my brothers at a very early age. My first real bass was a Univox. It was a copy of the Paul McCartney style Hofner. Yes! I still have it.
-What movie (either already in existence or one yet to be made), would you like to compose the score for?
VW: I have an idea for a movie where all the dialogue is delivered as Music. I would love to compose for that.
-If you could choose any bassist to study with for a day, who would it be and why?
VW: It would be difficult to choose only one, but Bootsy comes to mind just so I could hear all of the stories from one of the creators of FUNK bass.
-If you were asked to create a new bass pedal, what would you like to design and what would it do?
VW: I’ve been wanting to get a pedal made that is a combination pitch bend and vibrato. It would work just like the modulation wheel on a synthesizer.
-What superhero would make the best bass player?
VW: Bootsy Collins
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