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Re: Victor Wooten's technique

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Posted by Brose on August 23, 2000 at 15:14:39:

In Reply to: Re: Victor Wooten's technique posted by Kostas K. on July 28, 2000 at 03:31:26:

: : Can anyone explain Victor Wooten's technique (slapping, triplets, chords and harmonics)? I'm deperate for the info.

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: As far as I know Victor Wooten uses mainly four techniques.

: 1) He uses his thumb in a downward and upward motion just like a guitar pick(double thumbing)and adds when ever possible a "pop" with his index finger.
: Be aware that in this technique he picks with his thumb, he doesn't slap the strings.

: Here is a C major scale for you to practise on double thumbing. Use various right-hand fingerings.

: G:-----------------2--4--5--|
: D:--------2--3--5-----------|
: A:--3--5--------------------|
: E:--------------------------|

: 2)When he plays funk after slapping the strings with his thump he uses his right-hand index,middle & ring finger to play a very fast "popped" triplet which when muted sounds like a drummer's flam.

: 3)Also, usually when he plays funk, he uses a concept which he calls open hammer pluck. First he hits a string with his thump,then he hammers-on on to a fret and lastly he adds a "pop" producing a very fast triplet. Keep on your mind that none of the notes he plays have to be on the same string.For more on this technique visit his site.

: Here is a nice fill you can use when you play funk. It should take you a lot of time (months?) to perfect but once you have the open hammer pluck technique mastered you can use it anyway you like (for fast scales & arpeggios).Start slowly (slow tempo) and as soon as you can play it clean increase the speed. All notes are sextuplets which means that you must play it in two beats.

: T = thump, H = hammer-on, P = pop with index finger

: G:---------0---------16---------0-----------14--|
: D:------------0--14------------------0--12------|
: A:--0--12----------------0--10------------------|
: E:----------------------------------------------|

: |---T--H---P--T--H---P---T--H---P----T--H---P---|

: 4)When he is playing a melodic solo unacompaned, he uses a Stanley Jordan two-handed tapping technique to get a much fuller sound. For more on tapping check my follow-up at a message that jack daniel posted(7/26/00).

: Hope this helps!

: Kostas K.
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Victor also has a video on his technique's at his website

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