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Victor Wooten Bass Technique [1 of 4]

Sharing the genius, the Francois Rabbath, of bass guitar. The overall takeaway of his technique is that it is an amalgamation of most every technique. This allows for a breathtaking access to every style and sound. Used with an "economy of motion", this method of playing will open more musical doors than you can imagine. It all should be a rather gentle and not-forced action. It is hard until you get it right and feel what is correct. When I'm doing it (thumb, thumb, index, middle) my hand is rather relaxed. I have found that it's very hard to do the technique with your hand tensed up. Start from a gentle motion, it's a softer technique not meant really for percussive sounds. It usually comes out as four 16th notes, or a triplet if not using the middle finger. What most people have been rightfully calling "double thumb" (more like double slap) is a bit different than what i call " wooten double thumb" and requires a slightly different hand angle. It is a more aggressive, percussive technique where you do need to dig in up & down with your thumb. It usually comes out as two 8th notes and doesn't involve the other fingers. You can integrate the two techniques. But you need to learn and think of them separately.
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