The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music [NOOK Book]

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From Grammy-winning musical icon and legendary bassist Victor L. Wooten comes The Music Lesson, 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 ...
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The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music

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Overview

From Grammy-winning musical icon and legendary bassist Victor L. Wooten comes The Music Lesson, 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.

 
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Editorial Reviews

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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
Library Journal
Grammy Award-winning bassist/composer Wooten (www.victorwooten.com), perhaps best known for his work with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, shares an allegorical tale of his discovery of the power of music. Narrated by the author, the book centers on the first-person protagonist's series of humbling encounters with a mysterious teacher and spiritual adviser named Michael. Perhaps inspired by the similarly semiautobiographical, mystical tales of Carlos Castaneda, Wooten offers a lesson in personal growth with music as the central metaphor. The primary advantage of the audiobook to the printed edition is the inclusion of original music composed by Wooten, which functions as a backdrop to the spoken text. Recommended for Wooten's fans and those liking jazz and jam bands as well as for listeners interested in metaphysics and spiritual discovery.—Christopher Rager, Pasadena, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440637698
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 161,687
  • File size: 378 KB

Meet 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.
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2009

    Invaluable...this book will change the way you think about music forever.

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2009

    Music Theory for those who dont like Music theory

    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

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2010

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    AMAZING IN EVERY WAY

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2009

    Very inspiring

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    I jujst finished this book!!! all i can say is amazing, so simp

    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. "

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Awesome

    Victor wooten is the best. I play the bass

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Awesome

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Hard get through

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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