Victor WootenVictor Lemonte Wooten
is considered by some to be one of the most celebrated electric bass
players of all time. The youngest of five brothers, his oldest brother Regi taught Victor to play bass at age three. The Wooten Brothers band (Regi, Rudy, Roy, Joseph and Victor) played for many years in the 1970's around Williamsburg, Virgina in the Busch Gardens theme park, as well as opening up for Curtis Mayfield
. After moving to Nashville, Tennessee
Victor was immediately recruited by blues
and soul singer Jonell Mosser. A year later he was hired by banjo
maestro Bela Fleck
, along with keyboardist
player Howard Levy and Victor's brother Roy Wooten (a.k.a. Future Man). Their group, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones became famous first by playing a mixture of jazz
, and bluegrass
, then later becoming one of the most stylistically free-swinging bands of the modern era.
As an electric bass player he has helped develop some new techniques that were essentially still undiscovered before his time. His most innovative are the double-thumbing technique, which utilizes the thumb in a manner similar to a guitar pick in conjunction with a traditional funk slapping technique, and the open-hammer-pluck technique, which uses sometimes multiple hammer-ons from open strings to the desired fretted pitch.