"When you think about a kid learning a language, it makes sense that when you're surrounded by it, and you're participating in it, you learn it quicker — much quicker — than sitting down and being taught," Wooten said. "The same thing is true about music. A kid that grows up in a musical family will learn it much quicker and much more thoroughly than a kid that's just taking lessons."
Wooten thinks the traditional system of music instruction deserves another look. Instead of sitting in a small room, going over chord progressions and drills with students, music teachers should inject more performance into their routines, he said. The occasional recital is not enough.
"When we learn a new word, we don't sit in a room and practice it — we start using it right away," he said. "That's where we figure everything about that word — not just how to say it, but how people respond to it. When you learn something musically, don't spend days, weeks, months practicing it. ... If our teachers played more with the students rather than just teaching, I believe our students will learn much quicker."
And there is also a quote about people comparing him to other great musicians. His response is Zen-like and inspiring:
"I don't look at it as true or false," he said. "I look at it as opinions. The thing is, if I believe those good opinions, I have to believe the bad opinions, too. Who I really am is up to me."