December 2017

Victor Wooten Pushes Pedals

A great bassist experiments with sound.
For as long as there have been effects pedals for electric guitars and other amplified instruments, there have also been musical purists who complain that players rely on those pedals too heavily, at the expense of their own technique. But it’s hard to make that case when you hear how much a technically gifted player like bassist Victor Wooten can get out of a few magic boxes. In this video, Wooten puts three Hartke effects pedals—a chorus, a fuzz, and a looper—through their paces, adding a quick tap on the fretboard with his right hand just for fun.