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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. Wooten Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781400188178
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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 though that. I know I did. I'd been trying for years to break in to the music scene, to show everyone my chops, to make my mark. And I was good. But I wasn't great. I knew that there was something wrong. Then the teacher showed up. I didn't ask for him. I didn't think I needed him. And all he said he could teach me was "nothing." What happened next, you may not believe...I sure didn't...but that didn't stop him. 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • As music lessons go, this one is unique and can be enjoyed by both musicians and general listeners, especially those interested in the arts and creativity. AudioFile

Listener Opinions

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

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula Schumm | 1/8/2014

    " A must-read for every musician, but this book is also a great allegory on life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mat | 1/4/2014

    " Victor Wooten writes, as per the constant request of his friends, family, and friends, a book on how he came to understand music the way he does. Anyone looking for a book on complex music theory and specific technique will not find what they're looking for here. This book is an incredibly profound account of a mystical teacher that shattered his preconceptions about music, and rebuilt his understanding of music as a living spiritual entity. Everyone who has even considered calling themselves a musician should immediately begin reading this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jorge Fecklesson | 1/2/2014

    " Suspended Castaneda disbelief as long as I could stand, but then around page 98 he began eliciting shark-jumping whoppers that pushed my gentility off the boat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly Carothers Smith | 12/31/2013

    " My pick! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon Fomin | 12/21/2013

    " A must read for any musician! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J. Gray | 12/18/2013

    " Well done. Very useful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 10/9/2013

    " An excellent book for musicians. If you are one, read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 9/26/2013

    " Wooten's The Music Lesson is an interesting book. It shares some interesting ideas about the tangible, corporeal qualities of music, and is written in an interesting and novel style. Some of the dialogue gets annoying at times, but overall Wooten has written an interesting and helpful book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill Gathen | 8/28/2013

    " Interesting take on the subject matter, but the Carlos Castenada surrealist approach didn't work for me. I'd love to take one of his Groove Workshops, though: I think his groove-first approach to music answers a lot of the questions I've had about music education in recent years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 2/11/2013

    " A very well done book. Victor Wooten focuses on the less recognized more important components to music and musicianship. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrej | 6/13/2012

    " Wooten is a real magician on bass and this fiction (?) story can give you a hint why... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Mcmillin | 4/5/2012

    " An absolutely incredible book. Anyone who plays or listens to music should read this book. This is not a theory or instruction book but a story that will change your whole perspective on music and life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Sokol | 3/9/2012

    " This is an amazing book about music. It is unique for two reasons: the vast majority of the book does not discuss notes and rhythms, and it is told as an allegory. Something about Victor's style of relating music to life and avoiding technical music talk made this a very powerful book for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine Larsen | 3/6/2012

    " The storyline got in the way of the message. I read it using a highlighter so I wouldn't miss the good advice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 12/20/2011

    " Great book for musicians, lessons not taught in school, but in the real world of performance and mastery. Read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob the Obscure | 3/12/2011

    " This book has some useful musical principles for the new musician. But in general they are not new, they are not innovative, and the little mystical story within which they are couched is trite at best...one of those efforts to be profound that fails utterly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/22/2010

    " "Dress and act ordinary and you produce ordinary students." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 9/3/2010

    " did you learn from the experience?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 5/11/2010

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 3/17/2010

    " new agey and awesome and music transcendent i loved this "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 3/1/2010

    " Read this for book club. It had such promise - but was done in by very poor writing and worse editing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 2/14/2010

    " I didn't get all the way through, our drummer was reading it on a trip and I was reading it when he would put it down, but I was liking what I read so far. A very unique take on the mental aspects of music. No scary math. I think even a non-musicians would like it. "

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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.