- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; 37637th edition (April 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425220931
- ISBN-13: 978-0425220931
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 310 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Victor L. Wooten has won five Grammy Awards and two Nashville Music Awards for Bassist of the Year, and is an original member of the Grammy Award-winning ensemble Bela Fleck & the Flecktones.
Victor L. Wooten has won five Grammy Awards and two Nashville Music Awards for Bassist of the Year, and is an original member of the Grammy Award-winning ensemble Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top customer reviews
The best remedy is concomitance with a master, but the book can not put the reader in the room with the master. What about a story of the master coming to the room of a hero-reader? Getting warmer, but still there is the problem of describing what happens.
This book is a beautiful attempt at solving this puzzle. Like many critical reviewers, I also had trouble with this book. I opened my heart one click wider and it all came flooding in. I cried real hard when I finally understood, and the new level of acuity changed my life profoundly.
The book itself reads okay. It's a bit cheesy, but I think Victor wanted it to to be a little hokey - after all, he could've very easily written this as a formal, rigid instruction book, and he chose to go the "fable" route instead. The cheesiness can make it a bit difficult to get through at times (cue the eyeroll), but the messages hidden within the cheese are extremely valuable.
Overall, I'm glad I bought and read the book, and would definitely recommend it to any musician looking to expand their horizon and break into that next level of playing.
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.