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The Music Lesson

A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music

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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 meaning...All you have to do is find the song inside.


From Publishers Weekly

May 15, 2006 – Think of a song that resonates deep down in your being. Now imagine sitting down with someone who was there when the song was recorded and can tell you how that series of sounds was committed to tape, and who can also explain why that particular combination of rhythms, timbres and pitches has lodged in your memory, making your pulse race and your heart swell every time you hear it. Remarkably, Levitin does all this and more, interrogating the basic nature of hearing and of music making (this is likely the only book whose jacket sports blurbs from both Oliver Sacks and Stevie Wonder), without losing an affectionate appreciation for the songs he's reducing to neural impulses. Levitin is the ideal guide to this material: he enjoyed a successful career as a rock musician and studio producer before turning to cognitive neuroscience, earning a Ph.D. and becoming a top researcher into how our brains interpret music. Though the book starts off a little dryly (the first chapter is a crash course in music theory), Levitin's snappy prose and relaxed style quickly win one over and will leave readers thinking about the contents of their iPods in an entirely new way.

Customer Reviews


The Music Lesson by Victor Wooten is easily one of my favorite books of all time. The way he ties music into the spiritual world is eye-opening. I went through a spiritual transformation while reading this book (which is continuing to this day) and the book definitely changed my life in a great way. I've borrowed this book out to about 10 other people by now, and even if spirituality isn't your thing, the actual music lessons within the journey are fantastic. Don't hesitate, buy this book now! I've actually bought about 6 copies and given them to musical friends and even one of my college professors, because I love this book.

good lessons

The message of this book, and it's connecting dots to understand the importance and significance of music and being a musician are worth the price. The stories are a little hard to take in places, and the venturing into outright mysticism and dreamscapes ultimately weakens the practicality of the lessons. All in all, it's a worthwhile read, whether or not you're a mucisian.

Good insight

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.

The Music Lesson
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  • $14.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Music
  • Published: Apr 01, 2008
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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