Every once in a while, the stars line up, and something really neat happens.
That is exactly what happened for some kids from the new Memphis chapter of the School of Rock when they visited FOX13's Studios Friday for an appearance on Good Morning Memphis.
Even if they did not know who he was when he walked into the hallway next to Studio B, the kids from the School of Rock knew this must be somebody. All of their instructors from the School of Rock were getting their picture taken with Victor Wooten, a maestro bass player.
Wooten walked into Studio B with a bass guitar, plugged it in and began doing something they had never seen before.
Wooten plays the bass guitar like, well like no one else they had ever seen before. That's because no one else plays the bass guitar like Wooten, considered by most of the music world to be the undisputed world's best electric bass guitar player. He's won five Grammys, he's an author, producer and teacher.
Wooten told Good Morning Memphis anchor Ernie Freeman that the reason he became a bass player was because that was the instrument his brothers were missing in their band.
"It sounds like fiction but I'm the youngest of five brothers, and when I was born my four older brothers were already playing music," he said. "They needed a bass player, so that was me literally from birth."
So it came to pass that some kids learning to play music at the recently opened School of Rock got to stand in the same studio hooked up to the same amp next to a living legend.
They were thrilled.
Wooten is a lot more than just a great musician. He is a great teacher, and not just of music. He understands how it all works together and that is why he has joined forces with the Guitar Center for a free to the public workshop, for anyone, even if you don't play music. You will get something out of his workshop.
"Just because of how I learned I realize my outlook on music is different from the normal academic approach and so I like to share my approach," he said. "I learned from my family where it's a lot like how we learned to speak English. It wasn't sitting in a corner repeating the same thing over and over. So I like to add what I have to offer to the other approaches to hopefully make it a fuller approach."
That is the reason for a nine-city nation tour. The Guitar Center and Wooten think the same way when it comes to music.
"It's absolutely free, Saturday (Jan. 12) and 1 p.m.," said Nathan Till," Guitar Center Memphis manager. "One of the greatest things about Victor and Guitar Center relationship is that we really see eye to eye on a lot of things. It's not just music, it's music relationship with life and the ability to enrich both. It's fantastic that Guitar Center has the chance to work with Victor and offer something free to the public, and help you make music and make your life better."