Profiles

Victor Wooten on the way you should play music: "It needs to affect the world."

With his virtuosic playing and two-handed approach, Victor Wooten has long been a pacesetter on the electric bass. From his work with Béla Fleck & the Flecktones to a vibrant solo career launched with his outstanding 1996 debut, A Show of Hands, Wooten has proven the broad potential of the bass guitar. Not only is he a major force on the instrument, but he's one who's been more than willing to share his knowledge with other musicians. Wooten (due at Boulder Theater on Friday, May 30 and Gothic Theatre on Saturday, May 31) has written books such as The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music and spearheaded a number of music clinics, workshops and camps.

Wooten says one of his reasons for writing The Music Lesson was that he was finding lot of teachers and academics were essentially looking at music from one angle.

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Jon Solomon writes about music and nightlife for Westword, where he's been the Clubs Editor since 2006.
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