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  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group (1 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425220931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425220931
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Title: The Music Lesson( A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music) <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: VictorL.Wooten <>Publisher: BerkleyPublishingGroup

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Buckland on 25 Mar. 2009
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I've been playing bass for over 20 years, and I've read dozens of bass and music tutor books but nothing like this one. I've read it now three times and every time I pick up on something that I missed previously.
If you are serious about wanting to become a better musician then buy this book. It will give you a totally new perspective on life and music, and how the two are linked.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Introcentric on 2 Jun. 2011
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If you had ten stars, I would have given it the whole ten. This isn't just a book about music, this is about life skills. This is one of the books I got hooked to in no time, not only because it was written by a musician and I'm a music-mad person. What hooked me was how the topics that appear to be about music are very well relating to life and how to master it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Shaw on 9 Nov. 2012
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I've just finished the book, and in would recommend it to any musician, with a few observations. Firstly, you've got to realise that VW appears to be seeking to redress some missing elements in music teaching. This mainly appears to be around the reason why we play, and seeing music as living and relational, rather than a science or competitive sport (I assume this is something many of his bass playing followers get wrong in his eyes, thinking chops is all). Secondly, he is writing about life and music from his own worldview, which appears to be informed by Buddhist ideas. At times he does seem to be making points that are more about the bigger picture of life, rather than music. I'm sure this is intentional, which is fine, but some might find it a bit 'out there'. However, speaking for myself, the book certainly has made me think about my bass playing differently. I'm sure Victor has spent plenty of time in the 'woodshed' and burning scale patterns in his fingerboard, but in The Music Lesson he reminds us that a killer run might not communicate anything if it doesn't come from a place of meaning. It's what every mature player knows; three notes can blow fifteen notes out of the water if done well. In this regard, his chapters on groove and space are fantastic. It's not a book to be considered as Scripture I guess, but it might just add the element of meaning to our other books on scales, modes, and the gymnastics.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. Carter on 13 Oct. 2008
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What an amazing book! I bought it for my husband, a bassist, but after seeing Victor (the author) in concert and seeing hearing him playing so incredibly easy and relaxed but yet at the same time 'killing' everyone with what he was able to do, I thought that reading this book would give me some insight on how he got to where he was musically.
And I think it definitely does. it's a beautiful music lesson that he has decided to share and it helps us all perceive and recieve music from a complete other dimension.
It's written in an easy style, but the message is deep and not to be forgotten if you are a musician yourself.
I was reading only a chapter a day to digest and store the information well, because I have never read anything anywhere like this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David C. Eastoe on 22 April 2011
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This is a book that challenges the very way we think and feel about music, and opens up an entirely different view that could radically change how we play, listen, and experience not just music but life itself!
I always knew music was more than a series of notes, but at last someone has put it into words....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geord on 21 Dec. 2010
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Cant say anything bad about this book, amazing story, well written, i would recommend it to any musician whether you play bass, guitar or the triangle, opens your eyes to a lot of things you miss as a modern, ignorant musician. its apsolutely beautiful, 100%, top marks from me!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan on 17 Dec. 2010
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This is an amazing book, more about your head, your attitude than the notes, which is what you might expect from Wooten. In combination with a great theory book, like the guitar conspiracy from spy tunes it might be the best music lesson!
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By Mr. J. D. Higgs on 19 April 2014
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I have been an admirer of Victor Wooten's playing for some time, technical mastery and all round musicianship for some time. I saw this book listed on here and thought, lets see what he has to say. Well, although some of the story is quite 'out there' in a good way, the lessons are solid and remind you that music is not all about flashy techniques, or the best/latest gear, its about enjoying what you play, and having something to say, musically. I read this book just before I attended a four day Jazz playing course and almost everything in this book (not the crazy characters, although there are plenty of those in Jazz!) rang true. Buy it, read it, and just play!
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