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.
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.
Fantastic, Deep, and Empowering. I loved every part of this book from one of the greatest bass musicians of our time.
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.
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.
This book is revealing, engaging, entertaining, and enlightening. The content is unique and superior to all other books of music theory.
This book has provided invaluable information that will reach far into my lifetime. This story offers wisdom that will make you rethink how you see music in every way. I know the plot serves as a base for the information presented so at times it feels a little monotonous, but I'm glad I am able to enjoy the gifts that this book provides.
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.
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.