For the past two summers I have had the great pleasure of spending an evening at Wooten Woods. Â For those who may not know, Wooten Woods is Victor Wooten’s Music Camp, located outside Nashville, in the Tennessee woods. Â Victor holds several camps throughout the year ranging from weekend camps, to an intensive 3 week music and nature camp. Â Although the camp does have a bit of a bias towards bass, it is open to any instrument and musicians of all skill levels.
Our last day of TMBG Bass Camp came much too fast. Â I can’t speak for the others but I feel like I’ve learned more in the last week than I have in the past 6 months. Â It’s been such a great week, I don’t want it to end.
The last two days of TMBG Bass Camp were so jammed packed that I am just now getting the chance to sit down and blog about them. Day 4 started out with a very informative session with Tim Smith talking to us about groove and feel. From there we moved into a discussion about our current practice habits and why it is important to set goals for ourselves to keep us focused on improving our skills. Next Tim had us play through the songs we will each play at the Rutledge, giving us tips to improve upon our playing. We finished up with some ear training exercises trying to play along with something Tim would come up with, without watching him play it. It was great to get some immediate feedback on the song I plan to play on Friday, and the ear training really made me realize that I have a some work to do in that regard.
Last night, after an intense day of learning, I decided to stay in my room for the evening to review all that I had learned and work on the song I plan to play Friday night at The Rutledge. The first two days of camp were jammed so full of information I really needed to take some time to process it all. When I finally decided to turn in for the night I found myself lying in bed running through the modes, so I guess you could say I had a very musical day!
Wow! Today was only the second day of Roy Vogt’s Bass Boot Camp and my mind is crammed so full of information, itâ€™s going to take me a month to process it all. My day started out with an intense session on understanding modes with Anthony Wellington. Anthony used his 7 string bass to demonstrate an easy way to learn mode patterns, after which he had us all take a turn working through the modes, on the 7 string! This was the first time any of us had even held a 7 string bass, but with Anthonyâ€™s instruction, we all ended up playing it fairly effortlessly. I still canâ€™t believe I was using modes to solo over chords playing a 7 string today. Incredible!!
I'm back in Nashville this week for Roy Vogt's TMBG Bass Boot Camp and we had a stellar first day. Roy, Adam Nitti & Anthony Wellington gave us each a quick evaluation this morning to get an idea of our skill levels, then quickly split us up into 3 groups of 4. From there each group split off with a different instructor to work on a variety of topics.
Our last day at Roy Vogt’s Fantasy Bass Boot Camp had us breaking into two groups with half of us heading to class with Anthony Wellington and half heading to The Sound Emporium to record. Â My group spent the morning with Anthony digging deeper into our knowledge of music theory. Â We started out by talking about how many notes are available on our basses and that we should know where every note is. Â For example, how many C’s are on a Fender Jazz bass and what strings/frets are they on. Â He showed us how to make flash cards to help us memorize this information.