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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (April 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425220931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425220931
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.3 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Newell on Nov. 20 2009
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When I discovered this book it excited me for two reasons. It is written by a someone like myself, a bass player. And, it is written by a bass player who I admire on any number of levels; Victor Wooten. Whenever I have listened to him, he always has this approach to music and musicianship that is very inclusive instead of the hype that many musicians use to express themselves with (monster chops! serious musical heavyweight! etc). Yet he is probably better as a performer than most of these bass heros. So great, the book intrigued me. I just wish he was a better writer.

Victor Wooten has attempted to write an expression of most of what he has learned about making music. He creates a character, Michael, who serves as his musical guru and who just turns up in his life. He, on the other hand is the hapless student who "has a lot to learn". Michael guides Victor through a variety of stages: Groove, Notes, Articulation/Duration, Technique, Emotion/Feel, Dynamics, Rhythm/Tempo and more. In each, Victor is directed to learn something about music in an unconventional way. In the chapter on Technique he learns about making fire by hand. Later, he learns another musical lesson by learning about tracking in the wilderness. In this way, the reader does realize some very useful insights into Victor Wooten's take on making music. These ideas could never be articulated in a more didactic approach ("Dear reader, you must think of it this way...).

However, the presence of Michael, who is sooooo great and Victor's view of himself as so humble does get a bit tiresome for me. It seems his device isn't developed enough for me and just keeps repeating itself.

Still, Victor Wooten has some ideas of real depth and value to convey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RamblingDan on Sept. 29 2012
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This book was recommended to me by a friend who has purchased many copies of this book to give to friends. She was so moved by the book it was considered by her "an essential read". I wholeheartedly agree. This is the kind of book you read and give to anybody who is interested in being a musician. I look forward to making music in the future with a renewed and inspired perspective. There is a lot of universal truth in this book. Strongly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Raven on March 14 2012
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This book is changing me as musician and as a person in ways that no other book has. If you're a musician, this book could be a real game-changer for you. I will be re-reading this book for years to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hasell on Jan. 30 2012
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If you are interested in music at all, buy this book. Mr. Wooten will take you on an enlightening spiritual journey.
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