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Victor Wooten why there are no "wrong" notes

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I stumbled upon this rare and priceless insight from Victor Wooten, a bass player I love very much.
He demonstrates why there are no wrong notes:


I also loved his book "The music lesson".

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Thank you Lutz! Real good Lesson for me to think....i´m not so bad! :D ;) Thanks for sharing.
Rockin´ in a free world !
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I understand. A wrong note is full with tension, but if you use it as a pivot point to reach a right note, the previous wrong one become a "passage note". I think this is the message from Victor
Edited by blubasso on 22-04-2016 22:51
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I think [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fgszIDQ0cs] This other part[/url] has a lot more to say

Pure fingerstyle
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That is so cool thanks for sharing Lutz - as a bass player, if Victor says its good then it is :) If you don't get off on some 'wrong notes,' then everything you do is conventional. Sometimes you need to go a little outside of the comfort zone to be expressive.
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This is cool indeed. As a matter of fact, sometimes when I jam along something, I have a little "game" I play, I simply put my finger somewhere on the fretboard, without thinking if it belongs to the scale or not, and then I go with it. And often it is one of those "wrong" notes, and I try to make something out of it :). :)
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There's been a number of (Jazz) musicians who have had comments in the same vein. Miles Davis said "There are no wrong notes". My favorite though (which fits perfectly with this video and is succinct) is attributed to Thelonious Monk: "It's not the note you play that's the wrong note, it's the note you play afterwards that makes it right or wrong." Great demonstration of this by Victor Wooten. Thanks Lutz.
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Or as my drum teacher taught me: if you make a mistake, do it again and make it look like you meant to do it!
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mpointon wrote:
Or as my drum teacher taught me: if you make a mistake, do it again and make it look like you meant to do it!

Lol I do that all the time...when I misplay what I wanted by missing a string pluck or playing the wrong note, I do it again once or twice again to make it sound intentional haha. Sometimes it works sometimes I have to start the jam all over again :)
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I know it's a bit late for this thread ...been listening to Victor for years ... I love this vid ...enjoy :) Anything with Victor in it is pretty much gold. And the other guys aren't so bad either. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTzNK1_XJMQ
Edited by MM3 on 17-06-2016 21:50
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