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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. 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.

©2006 Victor L. Wooten (P)2010 Tantor

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Surprise like no other!

This buy was a shot in the dark. Never heard of Victor or this book. My expectations were very low. But I needed to motivate myself as I could not bring myself to practising my guitar. So I gave this one a try and Lord ... whata a find. I love how the words are backed by music in the background (although I find Mike's performance irritatingly overacted) and I can't get enough of the content. Music as mystery and invisible mighty force. No phony stuff and cheap superficial spiritualism (at least to my mind). That's what you will find there.

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Zen Bass

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This is similar to the books 'Zen Guitar' and 'Effortless Mastery', except it focuses on a bass player instead of a guitar player. Another differentiator is that this audio book is punctuated with great music. (Except for the musical subvocalizations when 'Music' is speaking, which are really distracting). The stories are fantastical on purpose - he is trying to illustrate and emphasize his points about music (and life). The strictly literal minded will probably not like this book. Ditto for people who think "notes" are the end-all and be-all of music. Ditto for the people who only like one style of music and hold all other forms of musical expression in disdain. I think this book should be nearly required listening for all musicians. I've listened to it 3 times now. It is great.

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20 years too late

Truthfully, it's right on time. I think the book should have been called 'The Lesson'. Although Wooten presents this is a dialogue primarily about music between teacher and student, the concepts are equally transferable to any subject. Reminiscent of 'Zen and the Art of Archery'.

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I wanted to like it....

but, in the end there is no way I could recommend it.

Unlike others who have been critical, I did listen to the very end. I'm sure Victor Wooten is a fine musician that really feels passionately about the importance of music, but this is poorly written new-age psycho-babble with music playing the part of mother earth.

I was hanging with it for about the first half, actually admiring most of the voices of the different characters, and the way music was interwoven in the background to reinforce points being made in the text. But in the end it just went too far. The story broke down into a new age cliches, bad math, and a comically bad voice/sounds for the personified music.

Basically, I would never encourage anyone I knew to read, listen to, or even borrow the book.

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Deeply Profound

There is an old saying, "When the student is ready, the master will appear." That's how this book is setup, with the author's teacher showing up to teach a professional bass player how to play music, and that's how this book found its way to me. It was the right message at the right time, and there is simply not enough I can say about it that will sing its praises properly.

There are a great many self-help books out there, just as there are a great many musical instruction books and books on fundamental spirituality. This book is all three at once - a masterpiece in its own right - and so much more. Sometimes for a message that's always been with us to be heard properly is for it to be presented in a new way, providing that shift in focus that clicks everything into place. Being musically inclined, that's precisely what this audiobook did for me.

As a narrator, Wooten is superb. He tells the story in such a way that we are learning right along with him at the feet of a teacher who will show us "nothing." Indeed, that's the whole message of the story, that we already know everything we need to know. From another person, this message might seem unbelievable or completely trite, but Wooten's tale makes you believe it. If I have one regret about this book, it's that it sat in my wish list for far too long... but then, perhaps I wasn't ready for it until now.

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A must for music lovers

A entertaining book that weaves perspective and philosophy into an engaging story.
The Music Lesson offer unique insights from one of the world's most talented musicians.

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Great creativity and inspiration for musicians

This audiobook is pure joy to listen to, and the production is totally amazing. It is addressed to musicians in particular, and it is of great inspiration and depth.
A full five stars.

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Good, but Cheeky.

A very good book, at the start, but quickly became too cheeky and new age-y for my taste. Not in the sense that music is esoteric, but in that Wooten's ideas begin to spread into non-music. The adventure into mystical oneness gets tiring and made the book run on. Overall, though, a lot of good info on thinking about music differently than our instructors would teach. Although, his belief that we don't think about language when we speak and so we needn't think about music to play, seems a little false, since Victor is speaking beyond the element of a newbie to the instrument.

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Uplifting and Inspiring

Would you consider the audio edition of The Music Lesson to be better than the print version?

Havent read the print version but hearing Victor Wooten read is great.

What did you like best about this story?

Hearing Victors songs in the background and during chapter transitions

Which scene was your favorite?

Listening to the lady with her crystal ball talk about the number 0

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When he talks about Music as an entity not just something produced by humans

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A must read for aspiring musicians

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Even better than the book!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I read the book and enjoyed it immensely. The thing that I liked about it is that it brought the dialogue to life. Having an ensemble cast really added to the content.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Music Lesson?

The first time that I heard him play and demonstrate the concept that the book was talking about. Great stuff.

Which character – as performed by Victor L. Wooten – was your favorite?

Michael

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

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It was definitely entertaining. I'll listen to it again and again!

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  • Tuomas S.
  • 07-12-20

Pure gold

The best audio book I've ever listened to!! A life changing experience, from the beginning to the end.

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  • Cormac
  • 04-07-13

Fantastic

I really enjoyed this. This book offered me a different perspective on bass playing and introduced me to some new ways of playing. It also mentions many great bass players and great bass lines I hadn't heard before. I'd recommend this to any musician but obviously its best for bass players. The accompaniment music is tasteful and not distracting. The narration is clear. all in all a five star audiobook for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-22

Best audiobook experience I have ever had!

A musically interwoven story about life. Best audiobook experience ever! The way the voices and different actors play with the music is truly a masterpiece. I listened to it with great joy and learned a lot. It motivated me so much that I am going to pick up an instrument and read it again! Thank you victor for this great experience. This can be a great examplee or audiobook creators!

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  • GD
  • 02-28-22

Too long and drawn out

There are some great nuggets and the first chapter is a gold mine of advice. But overall it is far too long and rambling.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 09-21-21

Incredible.

Wow. This is truly a work of art. Thank you for such greatness and inspiration!!!

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  • ozan
  • 08-19-21

Life changing!

I love Victor Wooten's philosophy on music and life.. Nicely narrated and with music!

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  • Gordon Everett
  • 05-16-21

Enlightening approach

I am a bass player and a Victor Wooten fan so I fully expected to enjoy this audiobook but, it turned out to be unlike anything I may have been expecting. There is narrative but it’s not a story as such or, perhaps I should say, a story has been constructed around the things Victor is trying to make the listener aware of. It is thoughtful, entertaining and sincere in its message and delivers an enlightening approach to learning, playing and thinking about music, whether or not you are a bass player.

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  • Barry K Jackson
  • 04-03-21

Powerful techniques

Harnessing one's curiosity and bringing out one's inner knowledge set to an evocative soundtrack. One can apply these techniques to any special interest I believe.

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  • Luc
  • 03-03-20

Best audio book!

With the added music from Victor and all the different voices. It's like seen a movie with your eyes closed!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-19-20

Amazing and inspiring

If you are (or call yourself) a musician you have to listen to this. This is gonna change your perspective on music and life. Sure, Victor is not a writer and you can tell sometimes, but the messages given here are solid and inspiring. Great stuff here!

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  • Oliver
  • 11-30-16

This is what the bible should be

Amazing book, absolutely life changing, a must read book for anyone and everyone, a path to help you discover the universal truth, explore the depths of reality with Victor Wooten as your guide as you are whisked along a fantastic journey that will open your mind to a whole different way of looking at the world

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  • Fiona Thurn
  • 08-11-15

Flaky but inspiring

I loved the performances in this book. Few audio books get everything and everyone right, this is one of them. Yes it's a bit on the flaky side, but music is a very abstract and subjective thing, getting a bit flaky helps Wooten get the feelings across. It made me wish I played music for a living. If you don't know anything about music, this might just confuse you. If you do it will still confuse you, but in a more meaningful way.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-17-21

Surprisingly Amazing

Opens your eyes ears & heart to a whole new way of listening to life love & music
Highly recommend this to Anyone guided or drawn to listen ❤️ Thank u S.M xx

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  • Jory Freyee
  • 01-29-21

Such a good book

So many lessons in this book

So well narrated, and with bits of flair makes this audio book a must have

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  • Papillion234
  • 07-13-20

Everything you need to know about music

I’ve read and listened to a lot of books about music and this is far away the book that has the most potential to powerfully impact how someone plays music and sees views their performance career. This book is an absolute musical classic. Great, engaging narration as well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-20

Enlightening

I’ve never written a review for a book but this one is a must if you’re a musician or producer. It doesn’t matter what instrument you play, the principles and concepts explained in this book has opened up my playing and made me aware of elements in music that I’ve been neglecting.

Now that I know these concepts I’m able to listen out and hear them in other peoples playing. I’m also able to train them.

A lesson that stuck with me is - music isn’t something that you should separate yourself from. It shouldn’t just exist when you gig, practise or create. It should be present within you, your surroundings and in all parts of your life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-29-20

For the love of music listen to these book

I do not have the words to discribe this book nor would I like to give away to much about it. This is Wooten's gospel to music herself.

I would rate this on the levels of the Zen Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and The War of Art.

Grab this book and teach yourself.

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  • Andrew Carroll
  • 12-02-18

Thank you Victor

Awesome, interesting and intriguing Audiobook. Loved it so much and made me think about music in a whole new way! Thank you Victor for making such an awesome book!

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  • Colleen Pope
  • 11-18-18

Thought-provoking

Very interesting ideas about the approach to making music presented in this audio book. Enjoyed the emphasis on listening to all sounds for influences.

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  • Julius
  • 09-17-17

Excellent synopsis of music philosophy!

Delve beneath the fantasy story to reveal an excellent and memorable music philosophy and psychology lesson.

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