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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (654 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Victor L. Wooten Narrator: Victor L. Woote Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Boy, do I have a lot to learn!” Anyone who’s ever picked up a musical instrument of any kind—from the first caveman banging rocks to that little kid at the guitar shop—has thought that. Grammy-winning musical icon and legendary bassist Victor L. Wooten certainly did—he had been trying for years to break in to the music scene, to show everyone his chops, and to make his mark. He was good, but he wasn’t great. He knew that there was something wrong.

Then the teacher showed up. Victor didn’t ask for him, and he didn’t think he needed him. And all the teacher said he could teach Victor was “nothing.”

What happened next, you may not believe; Victor sure didn’t … but that didn’t stop the teacher.

The Music Lesson is the inspiring story of a young bass player and the lessons he learns about life, music, and the life of music. Throughout this audiobook is new, original music written by Victor Wooten and a bonus performance by the original supergroup Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dgfletch | 2/4/2014

    " This is a strange and strangely significant book. I picked it up on impulse at the 5th Ave B & N while looking for a book by Edward Said. The mushy metaphysical hints of the intro and the disconcerting address to the reader as U, almost had me returning it, but noting that the author is a musician of a pretty high order, I persisted. The lessons learned and passed on in the book are all fundamental and difficult -- worthwhile in other words. The stories used to convey them are maddeningly miraculous; but the author let's himself off the skeptic's hook by hinting that it is just possible that they are imagined, or hallucinated. Taken as parables they are powerful and instructive. And the weird - or, to use the authors own style of punning, "parabolic" coincidence is that the book insists that musicians summon their own teachers through vibrations, and certainly the book beckoned to me from the shelf even though I hadn't heard anything about it before passing by in the store. Not on the order of having a teacher climb through the window, but still... If you are interested in music performance you will get a lot out of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael | 1/29/2014

    " As a musician, I was really intrigued by the subtile "a spiritual search for growth through music". I found it very captivating the way the author weaved a story that incorporated some of the basic elements of music such as dynamics and rhythm. Reflecting back on the book, it vaguely reminded me of the feeling that I had some 25 years ago when I was assigned the reading of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carissa | 1/24/2014

    " Stick to playing bass, victor. Nice one-liners, but nothing innovative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Aaron | 1/13/2014

    " Very similar to "Illusions" but less hippy-crystal gazing. An excellent book on personal philosophy. "

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About the Author

Victor L. Wooten has won five Grammy Awards and two Nashville Music Awards for Bassist of the Year, is the only three-time winner of Bass Player magazine’s Bass Player of the Year, and is an original member of the Grammy Award–winning ensemble Bela Fleck & the Flecktones.