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The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music Paperback – April 1, 2008
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Victor weaves an unbelievably believable tale which unites ideas about space, time, numbers, and nature into a new view of Music as a living, breathing being. Fans of Richard Bach and Tom Brown, Jr., will enjoy this new perspective on their work.
Frankly, music players who are uncomfortable away from the written page of music will be uncomfortable with this book. Improvisors of all kinds will know you have come home.
As a teacher, this book gave me a lot of revelation about methodological approach. I have some VERY excited and deeply appreciative students. I'm grateful to Victor Wooten for his influence on me!!!!
One last comment about the book which I am surprised no one else has mentioned (at least if they did I missed it), and that is the proximity of one Jaco Pastorius to the Michael character. I find myself wanting to ask, is Michael Jaco? I am amazed that that question doesn't seem to be answered at all in the book's pages (again, unless I missed it). Then again, maybe it is so obvious, it is I who am a fool for bringing it up.
Either way, I highly recommend this book for a really great read.
I was grateful that I could read the first chapter online, which sets the tone for the entire book.
The Music Lesson is a fun, entertaining exploration of music from a fictional perspective. There are many important lessons and ideas about music in each chapter. Many of these lessons trigger more questions than answers, which is Victor's way of expressing the importance of self-discovery and "finding your own voice".
I was blessed to attend one of Victor's Bass / Nature camps, so I was able to experience Victor's approach to inspiring others to experience music. I learned to get past my academic background of music theory and explore music with the mind of a child.
I still recommend learning theory, but also recommend this book as a fun read and an opportunity to think of music in a refreshing light.
What I got was...regrettable. If you go into this book looking for any insight into how to play music better, it has very little to offer you. Some, but not much. The book provides the fictional account of Victor hitting a rough spot in his musical career and not being sure where to go next, when suddenly a magical Native American, free-spirited skateboard-riding "music teacher" appears in front of him and drops all kind of mental gems he'd never thought possible. At first, he resists the advice of this strange being, but more and more it starts to make sense and revolutionizes how he feels about music. Sorry, Music with a capital M. This cliche is already old by the end of the first chapter, and it doesn't change or get any better from there.
Just to give you an idea of what's in this book (spoilers, though I don't feel like there's much to spoil): on top of learning to play music better you'll also learn how to find a specific CD out of a collection of hundreds just by following the CD's energy, heal a recent car crash victim (also with your energy), talk to animals, and a whole lot of other stuff that I don't care to remember.Read more ›
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If you enjoy Victor Wooten's music, you will enjoy this literiture. Students and pro's committed to the Bass instrument this is a great book to invite in the subject of... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Donnie Ervin
A great perspective on learning an instrument. Really enjoyed it.Published 5 days ago by Uncle Tuffy
I watch very little TV and read for a hobby. I'm very well read across multiple disciplines and genre. This is simply one of the best books I've every read. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Dartanian
I couldn't be more grateful to have gotten my copy of this book, which came promptly, unexpectedly signed by Victor Wooten himself. Thank you so very much!Published 14 days ago by Marleigh
Only book I recommend to my friends. Important to both musicians and non-musicians alike who want to learn how to really listen to people.Published 14 days ago by Tom
A wonderful book. Was an assignment for class, I am now a huge fan of Wooten.Published 24 days ago by Carolyn Newton
Absolutely loved this book. If you're looking for guidance and an example for more holistic approach to playing music, you will get a lot out of this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Suzi K.