I had the opportunity to visit a music and nature camp hosted by 5- time Grammy Award winning musician, Victor Wooten, last week at Wooten Woods. It’s a non-profit organization in Only, TN (an hour outside of Nashville). Victor has played with everyone from Dave Matthews to Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and collaborated with other incredible musicians like Steve Bailey, Bootsy Collins, Marcus Miller-the list goes on and on. If you are a musician, you’ve probably heard of him and maybe even read his book The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music. I’ve visited Victor's camp previously but this was the first opportunity I’ve had to actually observe classes and learn serious music knowledge from some of the most credible musicians in the industry today. I’ve only been playing bass, seriously, for a couple of years and had the perception that visiting a camp like this might be intimidating for a defender of the low end "in training". I was wrong! Victor and the other instructors are able to teach students of all ages who play various instruments with different skill levels simultaneously. Amazing! And their willingness to do so is quite moving. To explain it is one thing but to see it first-hand is quite another. The intertwining of musical teaching with elements of nature is what this camp is all about as Victor believes that both nature and music are one in the same. The more I learn from him the more I agree. I hope to learn even more when I attend an entire bass camp myself in the near future.
Six very good reasons you should attend one of Victor’s camps:
-Obtain skills not only for your musical journey but also your life journey.
- Welcomed with open arms and treated just like one of the family.
-Learn from some of the most skilled musicians in the world.
-Grow your network of family to include folks from around the globe.
-Hear Victor’s comedy routine and eat bass cake ;-)
-Family, love, sharing and spiritual growth all based around learning about music and nature!
Where will your musical journey take you next?
Victor with students for open Q&A Session sharing any and all of his musical knowledge.
Felix Pastorius, son of the late bass great Jaco, teaching at camp! Yes, that Jaco! Look at the awesome drawing of Jaco overlooking the class as his son teaches. Very inspiring! Although Felix is not playing it in this photo, he even had his father's "bass of doom" at camp!
A few of the campers learning how to make fire!
Camp Instructors (l to r) Dave Welsch, Steve Bailey, Anthony Wellington and Victor checking out a new custom Fodera bass. Bass geeks unite!