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(YouTube) Video I see your paltry Flea solo and raise you the absolute bass perfection of Victor Wooten   (youtube.com) divider line 61
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2008-06-13 12:57:28 PM
Nice tremelo-finger pick work.


Somebody get this guy a bassist to back him, then we'll have something!
 
2008-06-13 01:29:03 PM
He plays for "Bela Fleck and the Flecktones". You should check out his own band, "Soul Circus". I saw them in Seattle a few years ago. It was amazing! Four bass players, one rhythm guitarist and two drummers, along with the usual singers. Awesome show!

Link (new window)
 
2008-06-13 01:31:40 PM
I'm seeing Vic perform with Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller in August. Cannot effing wait.
 
2008-06-13 01:42:30 PM
WIN!

Love Bela Fleck!

This is fantastic!
 
2008-06-13 01:45:47 PM
"Get a f*cking guitar."
 
2008-06-13 01:55:21 PM
Poultry fleas? Ewww!
 
2008-06-13 01:58:16 PM
If you want actual music, nobody was better than James Jamerson.

people.eku.edu
 
2008-06-13 02:12:51 PM
He's good.

I've always been partial to Michael Manring.
 
2008-06-13 02:12:52 PM
Drongo3: If you want actual music, nobody was better than James Jamerson.

Are we only talking about bass guitar? Because I'm putting my money behind Ray Brown if not.
 
2008-06-13 02:13:22 PM
I think a "best bass video" contest is about the... uhm... well, farkest thing I've ever seen.
 
2008-06-13 02:16:17 PM
Vic rocks...saw the Flecktones in concert a few years ago, one of the best shows I've ever been to.
 
2008-06-13 02:17:00 PM
Vim: Hello, Colin?
Colin: Yes, what is it now?
Vim: You know that really farking moronic bass run you do?
Colin: Which one?
Vim: That one that goes "Dunna Dunna Dunna Dunna Dit Dit Dit Dit..."
Colin: Yes, what about it?
Vim: Can you change it up a bit? Can you make it go "Dunna Dunna Dunna Dunna DAAA! Dunna Dunna Dunna Dunna DAAA! and you can slide your finger down the fretboard.
Colin: No- I've got a cut.
Vim: Can't you use a different finger?
Colin: Well, it might mean using a different string.
 
2008-06-13 02:17:05 PM
Vic is a monster. It is hard to have a best of _____ contest, because there are to many musical styles. So if we are going to make it a contest we need well outlined rules.
/Didn't he play with DMB???
 
2008-06-13 02:20:46 PM
flecktone ftw
 
2008-06-13 02:31:45 PM
www.buoy.com

Cliff is king.

Four notes should be enough for anyone.
 
2008-06-13 02:33:51 PM
Vic got his start at Busch Gardens - Williamsburg playing the country music show in the French-Canadian area (early 90's?). I've seen the video of the talent show all the musicians put on for the workers. Even then, he had the mighty skillz.
 
2008-06-13 02:33:54 PM
joepac1: Drongo3: If you want actual music, nobody was better than James Jamerson.

Are we only talking about bass guitar? Because I'm putting my money behind Ray Brown if not.


I was only talking about bass guitar. You just took it to a whole new level.

They're both gods as far as I'm concerned.
 
2008-06-13 02:41:24 PM
Uhm yeah, the the reason he's doing the tremelo work is because it's a SOLO. If you want regular ole' back end bass, Wooten can play as seemless and funky as you like.
 
2008-06-13 02:42:24 PM
I saw Wooten with Bela Fleck a couple years back and it was the single coolest bit of musicianship I've seen live.
 
2008-06-13 02:48:52 PM
This man is a god.
 
2008-06-13 02:55:31 PM
saw this coming

/still rocks
 
2008-06-13 03:00:48 PM
Victor Wooten pisses me off, because he's so good at actually playing the bass yet his songwriting is so shiatty all of the internet crawlers that look on youtube are amazed but don't see the whole picture as a musician.

So when one of my friends, who listens to nothing but techno and has never picked up and instrument tells me that Wooten is a better musician than Les Claypool, I want to slap him in the face.
 
2008-06-13 03:10:58 PM
All of music is subjective.

Except for one thing...Jaco Pastorius is the greatest bassist who ever lived.
 
2008-06-13 03:25:34 PM
I'm not saying he's the greatest that ever lived, but you should take a gander at Doug Wimbish of Living Colour.

Link (new window)

Link (new window)

(hoping this linking stuff works. Not too good at teh internets
 
2008-06-13 03:26:47 PM
priestrape: All of music is subjective.
Except for one thing...Jaco Pastorius is the greatest bassist who ever lived.


Not to hate on or disrespect the other fine bass players in the world, but THIS.

"Teen Town" is a thing of great joy and beauty.
 
2008-06-13 03:38:17 PM
I've seen him twice and he's astounding. But he lectured the audience to stop passing joints around during the show, which I thought was odd.

They ought to call it "Victor Wooten and some other guys" instead of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.
 
2008-06-13 03:41:28 PM
I once went to a demo of Victor's when he was playing at the local theater in College. He proceeded to show us how he does the double hammer thumb pluck technique. I proceeded to be so amazed with it that on the way home i drove through a red light on the busiest road in town. I actually had to accelerate through the intersection to keep us, all 4 of us, from being killed.

A while later the car was silent, i turned to my passengers and said "i bet you are all thinking about how i almost killed you all, huh? Man that was an awesome demo"

/he's just that good.
 
2008-06-13 04:21:13 PM
Listen to Tal (who is a girl) kill the bass with Jeff Beck live.. killer..

http://youtube.com/watch?v=2gO7FI_ogvA
 
2008-06-13 04:39:25 PM
Les Claypool owns all these guys.
 
2008-06-13 04:57:03 PM
Ray Shulman?

Google and ye shall receive.
 
2008-06-13 04:57:50 PM
As the jungle chief said, this is why it's very important that the drumming not stop.
 
MN2
2008-06-13 05:15:06 PM
Just more proof that all the talent in the world can't keep you from being a wanker.
 
2008-06-13 05:16:33 PM
ghastly1: Les Claypool owns all these guys.
 
2008-06-13 05:24:29 PM
ghastly1: Les Claypool owns all these guys.

Comments like this disrespect all great musicians.

/Music - it ain't a competition
 
2008-06-13 05:46:24 PM
I've bee playing bas for a solid 15 years now and no one beats wooten in my book. In terms of technixcal profiicency , style, and inventivnes he is unmatched.
 
2008-06-13 05:52:50 PM
kungfu jesus with a side of lime: Vic is a monster. It is hard to have a best of _____ contest, because there are to many musical styles. So if we are going to make it a contest we need well outlined rules.
/Didn't he play with DMB???


Bela Flek & the Flektones (band he plays in) plays with DMB on a semi-regular basis. Ants Marching from '97 (new window). Just Bela Flek I think tho.
 
2008-06-13 06:07:46 PM
ghastly1 owns karmachameleon and his boy george love fest
 
2008-06-13 06:45:19 PM
Damn, bumped into him on the net a few years ago, had forgotten all about it. Tee-eeeej-eeex, subby! Adding to last.fm list.
 
2008-06-13 06:54:17 PM
where's the flea solo?
 
2008-06-13 07:38:38 PM
I can't find the Flea solo either.

Wooten is great.
 
2008-06-13 07:51:22 PM
dillenger69
He's good.

I've always been partial to Michael Manring.


+1

I really like this performance of his:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=waIhJDgC5dQ (pops)
 
2008-06-13 08:13:48 PM
false404: dillenger69
He's good.

I've always been partial to Michael Manring.

+1

I really like this performance of his:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=waIhJDgC5dQ (pops)


I don't know if you meant to do this or not, but your link is to a PARODY of the Michael Manring version...it's hilarious (the person who posted it took out all of the loops and overdubbed some horrible crap)
 
2008-06-13 08:24:28 PM
Here's a video of Wooten doing the same piece, but without all the fancy effects that make him sound good. The difference is surprising! I hate it when people hide behind their effects...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ig_ZRuSW8_g (pops)
 
2008-06-13 08:45:42 PM
Isn't he in the WooTen Clan?
 
2008-06-13 08:58:44 PM
ive tried listening to wooten several times over the last 7 years.

everything ive ever heard is utterly forgettable. the man can't write a song for shiat.
 
2008-06-13 09:03:18 PM
From Wiki about Mr. Wooten: Modern improvements in electric bass guitar construction, such as a lowered string " action" and additional strings, have brought the bass closer to the electric guitar, allowing new playing techniques that were essentially impossible on a bass in the 1970s.

Don't get me wrong, I think he is a remarkable musician. And that is a very impressive video.

/BUT, Entwistle played like a maniac, with those old 60's and 70's monsters.
 
2008-06-13 09:06:37 PM
false404: Here's a video of Wooten doing the same piece, but without all the fancy effects that make him sound good. The difference is surprising! I hate it when people hide behind their effects...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ig_ZRuSW8_g (pops)


Hah hah haaaaaaaaah!!!

It isn't about effects, he played it better in subby's link, z'all. Yours was probably an early draft. A very bad early draft.
 
2008-06-13 09:15:51 PM
+1 subby, that was a most excellent rendition of Amazing Grace. Thanks.
 
2008-06-13 10:01:06 PM
Vic!

Notice that even his (Flecktones) audience is solid enough to keep a stable backbeat clap in time. That's kinda rare.
 
2008-06-13 10:08:21 PM
I've always liked the bass work of Percy Jones in 70's Brand X, and his work with Eno.
 
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