Fantastic, Deep, and Empowering. I loved every part of this book from one of the greatest bass musicians of our time.
but, in the end there is no way I could recommend it.
Unlike others who have been critical, I did listen to the very end. I'm sure Victor Wooten is a fine musician that really feels passionately about the importance of music, but this is poorly written new-age psycho-babble with music playing the part of mother earth.
I was hanging with it for about the first half, actually admiring most of the voices of the different characters, and the way music was interwoven in the background to reinforce points being made in the text. But in the end it just went too far. The story broke down into a new age cliches, bad math, and a comically bad voice/sounds for the personified music.
Basically, I would never encourage anyone I knew to read, listen to, or even borrow the book.
Wooten is on some next level Yoda shenanigans here. It's basically a Socratian dialogue that twists and turns in the weirdest of ways. Very poignant and MUST be heard. Cannot imagine how much must get lost in just reading the book.
How a well it developed little by little until all the pieces fall together. The story was funny and interesting. I couldn't stop listening to it, the story kept me wanting to hear more.
The gig scene at the bar.
Yes, it made me laugh many times. I also noticed I was almost always smiling while listening to it.
This book was recommended to me two times. I didn't buy it because I thought it was about music. Although I love music I was not interested in learning more about music. I decided to give it a try. Now I understand why it was so highly recommended to me. It's about life. Music is Life. Music is vibrations. Life is vibrations. Like Tesla said: "If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration." Now this is one of my favorite books. It has changed my life. Teachers and coaches, take note of this book, listen and improve your method of showing and guiding. By the way, the acting is top notch. The background music is nice and the sound effects make it more immersing. It was like playing a real movie inside...my mind.
A very good book, at the start, but quickly became too cheeky and new age-y for my taste. Not in the sense that music is esoteric, but in that Wooten's ideas begin to spread into non-music. The adventure into mystical oneness gets tiring and made the book run on. Overall, though, a lot of good info on thinking about music differently than our instructors would teach. Although, his belief that we don't think about language when we speak and so we needn't think about music to play, seems a little false, since Victor is speaking beyond the element of a newbie to the instrument.
I wasn't searching for this book....or was I?
I don't recall ever seeing a book by Vic in the music store or hearing anyone say that he wrote a great book on life....ooops I mean Music.
You should buy this book and pay close attention....or not...............................
Music is what feelings sound like.
I will probably listen to this again many times over just to hear and re-hear many of the techniques until they are second nature. I was expecting to hear many things that would make me a better musician. I was not expecting to hear things to make me a better person. The context of some of the lessons may seem cheesy at times, and just when you think it does, it turns on its side and hits you hard.
The point at which I had realized I had been doing it all wrong, for nearly my entire life. Or at least the point at which I realized that I has only using 5% of my potential as a musician (and as a person).
I was not expecting Victor Wooten, of all people, to create a self-help and mastery masterpiece for musicians such as this. Not to knock Victor in any way, but I had known of him as a master musician, not an author. This book is on par with such spiritual and self-help classics as The Alchemist and The Greatest Salesman in the World.
This book can definitely make you both laugh and cry.
Anyone who is a musician will benefit from this book. For myself the book hits home for me as a musician, and I'm a guy who was trained both in grade school and in college, and I've been in cover bands for a few decades. I haven't played with an orchestra, choir, or big band in years. What I do is rooted in entertaining small crowds in bars, clubs, and events. While the lessons would apply to nearly any musician, I believe the context is most helpful to musicians that improvise. Jazz, blues, rock, pop, country, etc. I wonder how a full time classical musician would feel after reading this book? Maybe it would be fine, but I did wonder about it.
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.
The story is incredible, the performance is amazing and the music in the book is too good. This is a must read for musicians in my opinion. It has really made me rethink the way I make music.