A beginner bassist's foray into the unknown

Evan Brewer at Bass Player LIVE! 2013

Here’s a fantastic video from Evan Brewer, who plays bass for The Faceless and has released two solo jazz albums of his own. The video focuses on technique, because he wanted to discuss functions that all bassists must perform during his Bass Player Live (2013) clinic, instead of venturing too far into theory, which wouldn’t necessarily be understood by the entire crowd.

He shows different applications of the same technique in different musical settings and I like his analogy about the fretting and attacking hands as a language, with fretting representing the words being said and attacking representing inflection, like whispering or yelling.

Evan Brewer (The Faceless) at Bass Player LIVE! 2013

I didn’t know that Evan studied under Reggie Wooten (Victor’s older brother). It was a revelation to me, and it shows in his technique and in the places where he does speak to theory a little. What he says about warming up his “musical mind” in place of doing physical warm-ups was also really interesting to me, as well as his bit on practicing with a looper or other source of rhythm/melody to unlock creative potential.


5 responses


    January 29, 2015 at 11:14 am

  2. Man i love this, it’s been very informative !!!!!!

    January 29, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    • vishalicious

      Me too. I’ve watched it twice in the past 2 days. He’s a great speaker and his examples make a lot of sense to me. Between him and Victor Wooten, I really want to see what Reggie Wooten’s teaching style is like. He’s guiding phenomenal players.

      January 29, 2015 at 8:26 pm

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