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The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music
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- The Music Lesson Book - A Spiritual Search For Growth Through Music
- The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search For Growth Through Music is bassist Victor Wooten's an inspiring tale about the power of music
- Grammy-winning musical icon and legendary bassist Victor L
- Wooten's story tells the tale of a struggling young musician who wants music to be his life and wants his life to be great
- From out of nowhere it seems, a teacher arrives and his journey begins
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The Music Lesson Book - A Spiritual Search For Growth Through Music. The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search For Growth Through Music is bassist Victor Wooten's an inspiring tale about the power of music. Grammy-winning musical icon and legendary bassist Victor L. Wooten's story tells the tale of a struggling young musician who wants music to be his life and wants his life to be great. From out of nowhere it seems, a teacher arrives and his journey begins. Part musical genius, part philosopher, part eccentric wise man, the teacher guides the young musician on a spiritual journey and teaches him that the gifts we get from music mirror those from life, and every movement, phrase, and chord has its own meaning.
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play live with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.
I really enjoy listening to Victor play instrumental pieces on his bass. I have some of
his solo material as well.
As for The Lesson, if you are into New Age thought, then you will enjoy this book to its
fullest. If you are not into New Age thought, then you will not enjoy many of the chapters
that focus on that topic. That said, I found some of the chapters to be quite fun.
I didn't purchase this book with the thought of learning bass insights but to get a glimpse
of Victor's thoughts about learning. That said, the book did inspire a few new thoughts about playing bass.
Pretty much all the bass-related topics mentioned in this book are covered in the Groove Workshop DVD (Victor Wooten: Groove Workshop)
(which by the way includes exercises and teaches those insights in a straight forward way, not as story and without
the New Age spin). I highly recommend his Groove Workshop DVD no matter what you bass skill level may be.
I did find that a few of the topics in the book were mentioned with a different example or approach which complimented
the same topic that was demonstrated in the Groove Workshop.
The Amazon product page was mislabeled.
From the product description ('Audio CD') I thought I was buying an audio CD that could be played in a CD player.
What was delivered was a data CD that had MP3 files (which will not play in a regular CD player, or at least
none that I own). It worked out in the end since I put the MP3 files on my COWON J3 32 GB Portable Media Player (Black) (which I would also
recommend) and listened to it from there.
The data CD version of The Lesson included the 'The Lesson' song from Victor's album Palmystery.
If you can only buy either the Groove Workshop or The Lesson, I would say go with the Groove Workshop.
*POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT -- FOR THE IDEAS EXPRESSED IN THE BOOK, NOT THE STORY ITSELF*
And this book explains a lot about where Victor's virtuosity comes from. It reminded me of a Simon & Garfunkel song, "For The Asking" -- in the first verse, the singer is playing to "make you smile." He becomes discontented, and ends up playing "all the love that I hold inside." It's a good read just for the story, and gently poses the question: "Are you interested in music for the adulation or for the music?." I bought it to read and then give to a teenager who has a lot of talent but not much self-discipline. I'm not sure I'll pass it on to my young friend, because one recurring theme is "don't practice." In context, it's excellent advice -- going through the motions (literally) of mind-numbing drills isn't worth the time. Someone who's working hard to express themselves better *will* figure out the technical bits on the way to that goal. I'm just concerned that the "incessant effort to improve" message will get lost and only the "Look, Mom, Victor says I don't have to practice, and he's famous!" aspect will win out.
Or maybe it will inspire the kid to ask herself whether she's doing it for the adulation or the music. Decisions, decisions.... I'll probably give it to her Mom. ;-D