The Music Lesson - Victor L. Wooten

The Music Lesson

By Victor L. Wooten

  • Release Date: 2008-04-01
  • Genre: Music
Score: 4.5
From 152 Ratings


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



  • Life Changing

    By DavidA39
    Victor’s book has the aura of a Castenada work. You’re taken into a world where music is a form of mysticism, and in the end it’s inspiring and eye openning. Highly recommnended.
  • “You can learn or not...”

    By Gmanhitx
    Why does it seem that entertainers that are also musicians have the quickest wit...even some athletes have this talent. What is it? “No one can teach you anything. They can only show you.” If you want to learn, the secrets, they are in this book. A great book, well written, enjoyable, exceptional intentions, a read that becomes written in your heart and mind...a paradigm shift maker...
  • Amazing

    By Timytot
    Great find! This story is very refreshing and a great view on music in life. I would read this book over and over again.
  • The music lesson

    By Ryanramb0
    I will never look at music the same! What an amazing journey victor took in learning to play an feel music! The greatest thing about this book is what an easy read. I would recommend this to any musician!
  • Da Man

    By Gronks
    The way he plays, it seems this is else could it be explained. I have so much to learn, and the lessons of this book offered a start! :)
  • Revelation & Pure Genius

    By huhuuhhuuh
    I know what you are thinking. Victor Wooten wrote a fictional book?! What? Well, I think this is a true story to some extent, If not to every extent. This book is life changing. As a bass player, my approach to music was completely revolutionized. I learned more from this book about music and life than I could have possibly learned in a lifetime. Get i, don't hesitate.
  • Disarming and profound

    By J S O
    The Music Lesson blends form and content in an inspired way. The literary device is engaging - an ordinary struggling bassist is visited by a series of odd and inspirational characters who teach him elements of musicality that carry over into his life outside of music. Each of the lessons illustrate an aspect of music making that is subtle and difficult to communicate in text form. By embodying the lessons within a story, they become accessible and alive. Wooten is an engaging story-teller, and with a wink he remains mysterious as to whether the book's events are real or fictional. In the end, the value of the book lies in how well it highlights critical aspects of musicianship such as attitude towards practicing, the central role of broad listening, selfless playing to support your mates in ensembles, and openness to learning. The best and easiest reading book on music, and the deepest inside look at the moment by moment awareness of the jazz/rock/pop ensemble player. Five stars, with an extra glow if you are a bass player.
  • The music lesson

    By ryanpat58
    Really neat way to open up the music in your life. Victor is really giving us a life changing possibility. Listen and you will hear.
  • The music lesson

    By RemyGail
    This book changed my life. I had never looked at music in a spiritual way before reading the music lesson. I recommend this book to anyone who can read. It's a quick read and it's really worth it :)
  • Good insight

    By "Casa Muy Bien"
    Victor gives good insight as to how he feels about the whole "music thing". I found the way he shares his views interesting and engaging. His book really shines a light on how to approach the process of music. I think it unlikely anyone interested enough to read these reviews would be disappointed with the book.