Victor Wooten: Music as a Language

Source: TED-ED: Lessons Worth Sharing

Music is a powerful communication tool–it causes us to laugh, cry, think and question. Bassist and five-time Grammy winner, Victor Wooten, asks us to approach music the same way we learn verbal language–by embracing mistakes and playing as often as possible.

How did you learn the first language you spoke? Were you allowed to make mistakes? How do you think those mistakes helped you learn the language? How do you think that relates to learning to play a musical instrument?

Should beginning musicians play with accomplished musicians? Why? How often should it happen? Who are some of your musical idols? Do you think they improve when they play with other musicians?

Wooten says that beginning musicians should play more than they practice. Do you agree? Why or why not?


Wooten, now a five-time Grammy winner, hit the worldwide scene in 1990 as a founding member of the super-group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Continuing to blaze a musical trail with the band, Victor has also become widely known for his own Grammy nominated solo recordings and tours.

Watch Victor jam.

Borrowing proven skills, techniques, and philosophies from his Nature teachers, and combining them with many years of learning Music from his brothers, Regi, Roy (Future Man), Rudy, and Joseph, Victor developed a new, unique approach to Music; an approach that not only caused him to immediately play better, but also directly improved his Life.

Now cruising into its twelfth year, Vix Camps continue to be the perfect setting for Victor Wooten to share his musical approach with students from across the globe. With a collection of the world’s most innovative instructors, they have directly helped hundreds of musicians better themselves and their Music.

Victor played with Béla Fleck and eventually helped start Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Béla Fleck has won 14 Grammy Awards since 1998, and he has received 30 nominations. He has been nominated in more different categories than anyone in Grammy history.

About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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