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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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1st book that makes me cry

Not the last time I listen to it.
Tried a lot of wierd things suggested and so far they all work.

Really an amazing book to improe any aspect of your life.
Rythm in music can also be translated to rythm in your life <2

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  • SD
  • 2021-05-24

Very entertaining, relevance to music diminishes

This book was definitely very entertaining. The narration is really well done, with a diverse cast of characters making it more like a radio play than a narrated book at times. The writing is great and I chuckled out loud at many points. The book is not a music theory book at all, and I think it would be interesting to anyone who is interested in the process of making and playing music, learning a language, or engaging in any creative endeavour. That being said, I was interested in it mostly for the music aspect. The book starts out by fairly clearly tying the concepts and philosophy to specifics of music performance. But as the book progresses, I feel like it loses its focus and becomes more philosophical and spiritual perhaps, but less about music, or makes less effort to tie the concepts back to music, as it did at the beginning. So while I was a little disappointed by the end that the focus on music seemed to disappear, it was still an entertaining listen overall, and it did definitely give me lots to think about in the music realm.

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loved it

great audible. enjoyed it a lot more than reading it. Victor adds his flair.

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Thank you, Victor Wooten

This book open some doors, I loved the journey, I can’t wait for the next one.

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A Fun and Insightful Tale

Narrated by the author, Victor Wooten takes his life experience and spins it into a fantastical tale set in his world of odd-ball musicians, sharing advice and insights that apply as much to the everyday person as they do the performing musician.

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One of the best books I've listened to on Audible

The production was top notch, performance was incredible, and most importantly the story was fantastic.

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kinda cheesy

Víctor Wooten is an amazing bass player and this is an interesting way to share lessons and insights about music. What he's not is a writer, the story turns kinda cheesy up to the point is can resemble cheap self help books. Please Victor, stick to play music

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  • Tomas
  • 2010-11-23

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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  • Cath
  • 2012-05-31

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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  • Thomas
  • 2010-08-04

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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  • Kenneth Gonzalez (kengon)
  • 2012-11-07

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

Any additional comments?

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

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  • Frederick T. Mendenhall Jr.
  • 2013-02-10

Great Fun if You are Open to It

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

I would recommend it to friends that are open to ZEN, Learning, or Music. This type of fiction adventure to share mystical concepts, which can be helpful or even important life lessons, can be very powerful for those who are ready for them and can be a serious turn off for those not ready. It isn't something I could recommend without knowing the other person well.

What other book might you compare The Music Lesson to and why?

Way of the Peace Warrior by Millman. The Music Lesson is much more light hearted and uses the learning of Music as its focus. But both books use adventures with a mystical "teacher" to lead the "student" on a journey of learning.

Any additional comments?

Listening to this story with friends that don't quite get it but are open can lead to interesting discussions. Just remember to be kind and loving with your friends. Let them pick up what they can use and don't push anything they can't handle.

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  • fingerpickerguy
  • 2017-03-28

Very interesting

This book is written in the form of a parable. The narrator is visited by a mystic teacher that guides him through learning ten of the elements that are a part of music. If you are forgiving of an occasional insult to your intelligence and are patient with the length of time it takes to make a point, then you can get a lot out of this book. The good outweighs the bad. As a bonus, the music that is sprinkled in is fantastic. I Really enjoyed it.

This is a good listen for musicians of any instrument regardless of aptitude or experience. It serves as a reminder of what is important about music.

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  • R. Smith
  • 2017-01-11

Excellent! Highly recommended.

I gained tremendously from this book and followed up by watching Mr. Wooten's Groove Workshop. His approach to teaching music is superb. Wooten is best known as a bassist, but he is a musician first and the lessons in this book apply to any instrument and any kind of music.

The book is about learning music, and it's written as a novel, but the music lessons in the book are solid and something everyone studying music should know.

The performance is outstanding. There are multiple characters serving to do the narration, and it's so well done that other audio book producers should use it as a model.

The audio book is thoroughly engaging from beginning to end, and I just wish there were more stars I could give it.

This audio book is a work of genius.

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  • Troy
  • 2014-03-17

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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  • Fabio
  • 2010-09-06

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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  • Kyle
  • 2013-01-19

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

Any additional comments?

A must read for aspiring musicians

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