The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music

The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music

by Victor L. Wooten


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From Grammy-winning musical icon and legendary bassist Victor L. Wooten comes an inspiring parable of music, life, and the difference between playing all the right notes…and feeling them.

The Music Lesson is the story of a struggling young musician who wanted music to be his life, and who wanted his life to be great. Then, from nowhere it seemed, a teacher arrived. Part musical genius, part philosopher, part eccentric wise man, the teacher would guide the young musician on a spiritual journey, and teach him that the gifts we get from music mirror those from life, and every movement, phrase, and chord has its own meaning...All you have to do is find the song inside.

“The best book on music (and its connection to the mystic laws of life) that I've ever read. I learned so much on every level.”—Multiple Grammy Award–winning saxophonist Michael Brecker

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425220931
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 96,234
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Victor L. Wooten is an American bass player, composer, producer, and five-time Grammy Award winner, as well as an original member of the jazz and bluegrass band Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. He is also the author of the parable The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music.

Table of Contents

Grace Note     1
Prelude: The Beginning     5
Groove     13
Notes     35
Articulation/Duration     51
Technique     75
Emotion/Feel     97
Dynamics     117
Rhythm/Tempo     145
Tone     161
Phrasing     179
Space/Rest     195
Listening     235
The Dream?     247
Coda: Back to the Beginning     261

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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

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Music Lesson 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely invaluable to anyone who is or wants to be a musician. Granted the writing is a little larger than normal and the writing simplistic at times, but that doesn't take it down any. I would like to ask Victor Wooten how much he exagurated in the book, but whether or not he did, the points made about connections between life, love, music, inspiration, spirituality, motivation, improvisation, thought and knowledge are VERY well made. If you are a musician this book is very relate-able, and you will probably change the way you practice and play forever. It's not just about music, it's about life and how the different aspects of music and life are really the same thing. He shows that things like rhythm, notes, and tone are all things that we experience and improvise with everyday, whether or not we are musicians.
MikeBoogy More than 1 year ago
Awesome book for all musicians, not just bass player's. Teaches the theory that theory books do not teach. Inspirational and motivating. No wonder Victor Wooten is so phenominal on bass. He has the teachings of a musical maniac who teaches music in ways no one knows, but now have the chance to learn. Play an instrument? Read this book even if you are trained in theory or not. It will teach you what you don't know. Cause you know nothing yet
davebarckow More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Its a must have for every musician. totally changed the way i play and feel about music. Ive applied these principles and has made every measure i play more enjoyable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I great read and inspiring for other musicians. It takes on the spiritual side of music either through real experiences or fiction type characters that help add color and joy to the reading. I will pass this on to my kids in hopes that it impacts their musical lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I jujst finished this book!!! all i can say is amazing, so simple , so enjoyable and so easy to understand even thou parts of the book were way over my head, I tried his meditation technique and was amazed, i have been tought not shown many ways to meditate, i tried his method and believing, i am now beging to experience? unexplainable. "
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Victor wooten is the best. I play the bass
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favorites. Ive read this book multiple times since each time it motivates me to continue my playing and practice more. Would recommend this to anyone with a musical background. Hope i can find another book thats similar.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Learning how through the inside of feeling and being open and awestruck. Music is alive. Music connects us. Music heals.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for any musician
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Bass is best
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I was drawn to this book by Wooten's album of the same name, which is great. I find this book annoying and wish Wooten had just written from the heart instead of smothering his ideas in this contrived and ridiculous story.