For the third episode of the Bass Freq’s Podcast, host Josh Paul sits down with Victor Wooten (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones; SMV), a multiple Grammy Award winner and a true innovator of the electric bass.

Victor isn’t just a master of technique—he’s a technical pioneer who explores every which way to make the electric bass express what he hears in his head. But underneath that technical mastery, he relies on a solid foundation of rhythm, feel, and knowing when—and when not—to play. When he’s not composing and playing music, Victor spends much of his time educating players at camp and clinic events as well as with the written word.

This episode features Josh and Victor discussing the latter’s early start at the tender age of 2 as well as his technique, gear, and some of the life lessons he’s picked up while holding it down. 

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The second episode of the Bass Freq’s Podcast is live. Host Josh Paul sits down with Bryan Beller, a bass player, composer, and clinician whose work ethic, technical prowess, and tasteful ear have made him a first-call guy for numerous guitar heroes. 

Bryan’s resume is chock full of some of the most technically sophisticated acts working today, including the Aristocrats (Guthrie Govan, Marco Minneman), Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, G3 (John Petrucci, Phil Collen), Dethklok, Mike Keneally of Zappa projects fame, and many others.

And that’s just a part of what he does as a pro musician. Alongside his work as a performer, Bryan has also gained renown and respect among the bass community for his work as a masterclass clinician and his writing as a contributing editor contributor for Bass Player Magazine.

This episode of the Bass Freq’s Podcast takes you into Bryan’s world, where you can learn how he started his multi-faceted musical journey, what he thinks about gear, and much more.

Get into Bryan Beller’s multi-faceted world on the Bass Freq’s Podcast now, wherever you listen to podcasts, and stay tuned for more great guests every week.

The first episode of the Bass Freq’s Podcast is live. Hosted by experienced recording and touring bass player Josh Paul (Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves, Daughtry), each episode features in-depth discussions with some of the top bassists working today. Get the direct lowdown on how they got their start, how they approach their role as the driving force of a song, what gear they use, and what it takes to perform at the highest level.

Bassist Doug Wimbish, Josh’s first guest, credits his growth and continued development as an artist to an having an open mind and a love for learning from any musician and playing any type of music, regardless of genre. For proof of Doug’s open-minded approach to music, all you need to do is scan his impressive resume. From his early days holding down the bottom end for seminal hip-hop label Sugarhill Records and artists such as Grandmaster Flash to his work with Tackhead, Living Colour, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Annie Lennox, and various others, Doug has embraced a wide range of creative possibilities throughout his career.

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Photo: Chad Jenkins.