Victor Wooten: Groove Workshop

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  1. Patrick King says:
    38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Master Class?, April 17, 2009
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    Patrick King (Exeter, NH) –
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    This review is from: Victor Wooten: Groove Workshop (DVD)

    Don’t let the Master Class classification fool you. If you’re thinking of taking up any instrument and know virtually nothing about music, watch this video first! This video was a complete reawakening to me of what I’m tiresome to do culture music. If you’re reading this you doubtless, as I do, consider Victor Wooten among the top five living bass players. I hoped simply to watch the self analysis of a master architect. This video is vastly more than that. Wooten starts out with major music as a form of communication and then questions, “How did you first learn to communicate?” He looks at the remarkable success rate of humans culture to speak a first language and compares it to the frustration for most people of approaching music classes. Do we question a baby to recite the alphabet before we teach them their first words? Wooten questions the participants what clarification are in a G minor key? He proceeds to play a bass solo in G minor using only clarification NOT in G minor. Then he plays one in the G minor scale. The first solo sounds better. Wooten’s point is that music is not about clarification. Clarification may really be the smallest amount vital part of playing music. This is one of the most thought provoking music lessons I’ve ever taken, primarily because it questions me to STOP THINKING when I’m playing. I LOVE this video.

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  2. Todd Flanders "- ToddF" says:
    24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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    An Essential Reality Check for the Performing Muscian, October 30, 2008
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    Todd Flanders “- ToddF” (Detroit, MI) –
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    This review is from: Victor Wooten: Groove Workshop (DVD)

    There are many aspects of musicianship that “go without saying”. We don’t talk about them, so growth occurs slowly (if at all). We can flounder for decades without ever becoming fantastic players, by no means questioning why.

    Victor and Anthony break these elements of music down in a very most likely manner, allowing us as musicians to take a sober look at what we really know and don’t know. This can be a very shocking reality check, but it’s also very inspiring.

    The content is best suited for excellent bass players who want to grow into fantastic bass players, but it is also applicable to beginning and intermediate bass players, and to musicians in general. Some exercises are strictly for bass players, but this video teaches music as a whole.

    You won’t learn how to play the VWB’s funk-infused jazz from this series of lessons, but you will learn something more valuable — how to make whatever you do more musical.

    Victor’s approach to culture music is unusual, but it’s not radical. He does not attempt to exchange the classic methods, but to supplement them. I would be skeptical if his teaching methods were radical, but they are simply based on observation of how music really works.

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  3. Alexander Mercieca "FingerMan420" says:
    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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    Not a quick fix, but well worth it!, November 16, 2008
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    Alexander Mercieca “FingerMan420″ (Huntsville, AL) –
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    This review is from: Victor Wooten: Groove Workshop (DVD)

    I bought this DVD thinking that it would be an instructional video like Billy Shehan or Jaco Pastorius. Well, it was not what I expected, but it was much more. It seems that Victor Wooten does not place out a DVD that is just simply an instructional video. This DVD is perfect for someone who wants to look at playing bass in a whole new way. He really gets you thinking about the music itself, not just memorizing different fiddle with patterns.

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