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A Musical Journey Through 8 Must-Read Books




If you're passionate about Music and eager to explore her depths beyond just listening and grooving, then you're in for a treat! We're about to embark on a journey through the transformative power of eight incredible books that delve into the heart and soul of Music herself.


Introducing my cherished collection—carefully curated over a lifetime of reading, learning, and soul-searching. Each book holds a special place in my heart, having guided me through the twists and turns of my own musical journey. Now, I'm honored to share these transformative treasures with you, dear reader. Let's embark on a voyage of discovery together, as we explore the profound wisdom and boundless inspiration found within the pages of these beloved books. Get ready to ignite your passion for music and unleash your creative potential like never before. Let's dive in!


1. The Music Lesson by Victor L. Wooten: Join acclaimed bassist Victor L. Wooten on an enthralling journey of self-discovery and enlightenment —a metaphysical adventure where Music becomes a metaphor for life itself. Through captivating storytelling and profound insights, Wooten reveals the secrets of Music's universal language and teaches us how to listen with and play from our hearts as well as our ears.

2. The Spirit Of Music by Victor L. Wooten: Building on the foundation laid in "The Music Lesson," Wooten takes us even deeper into the spiritual essence of music in "The Spirit Of Music." Here, he explores the interconnectedness of all things through the lens of Music, showing us how to tap into the infinite wellspring of creativity that lies within each of us. Prepare to be inspired, uplifted, and forever changed by the transformative power of Music's spirit.

3. The Inner Game of Music by Barry Green, W. Timothy Gallwey: Ever feel like your own mind is your biggest obstacle when it comes to making music? "The Inner Game of Music" is here to help. Drawing on principles from sports psychology, authors Barry Green and W. Timothy Gallwey guide us through the process of mastering our inner dialogue and achieving peak performance with Music. Say goodbye to self-doubt and hello to a newfound sense of confidence and clarity.

4. A Subversive History of Music by Ted Gioia: Prepare to have your perspective on music turned upside down in "A Subversive History of Music." Ted Gioia takes us on a thrilling journey through the hidden corners of musical history, uncovering the rebellious spirit that has fueled music's evolution from the very beginning. From jazz to punk, classical to hip-hop, Gioia reveals the undercurrents that have shaped our musical landscape and inspired generations of artists to challenge the status quo.

5. Guitar Zero by Gary Marcus: Always wanted to learn an instrument but felt like it was too late to start? Think again! In "Guitar Zero," Gary Marcus explores the science of learning music at any age. Drawing on his own journey from musical novice to proficient guitarist, Marcus reveals the secrets of effective practice, the power of perseverance, and the joy of lifelong learning. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, "Guitar Zero" will inspire you to pick up your instrument and start playing like never before.

6. Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland: Struggling with self-doubt and creative blocks? You're not alone. In "Art & Fear," David Bayles and Ted Orland explore the challenges that all artists face on their creative journey. Through candid anecdotes and practical advice, they offer insights into overcoming fear, embracing failure, and finding the courage to express yourself authentically through music. Say goodbye to perfectionism and hello to the freedom of artistic expression.

7. 12 Notes by Quincy Jones: What if I told you that all the music in the world is made up of just 12 notes? In "12 Notes," legendary producer Quincy Jones explores the power and versatility of these fundamental building blocks of music. Through personal anecdotes and insights from some of the greatest musicians of our time, Jones reveals the endless possibilities that lie within the simple framework of 12 notes. Get ready to see Music in a whole new light.

8. Zen Guitar by Philip Toshio Sudo: Finally, let's take a moment to embrace the Zen of Music with Philip Toshio Sudo's "Zen Guitar." Drawing on the principles of Zen philosophy, Sudo invites us to approach Music with a beginner's mind—to let go of ego, expectation, and judgment, and simply be present with Music. Through meditative exercises and philosophical reflections, "Zen Guitar" offers a path to musical enlightenment that transcends technique and touches the soul.


So there you have it, fellow music enthusiasts—an epic journey through the transformative power of Music's soul. Whether you're seeking inspiration, practical advice, or a deeper understanding of the art form we all love, these eight books are sure to enrich your musical journey and ignite your passion for music like never before.


I searched high and low for books that could inspire and guide me on my musical journey. But I'll be honest—there were times when I felt like I was too late to the game, like the climb was too steep for me to even bother attempting. That nagging belief in the need for perfection held me back from getting started in the first place. But then, I discovered a treasure trove of books that changed everything. These books became my mentors, my guides, and my constant companions on the road to musical discovery. They showed me that it's never too late to pursue your passion, that imperfection is not only acceptable but essential to growth, and that the journey itself is often more rewarding than the destination. With their wisdom and inspiration, I was able to overcome my fears and doubts and dive headfirst into the world of music. And now, I'm thrilled to share these transformative books with you, fellow music enthusiasts, in the hopes that they will inspire and empower you on your own musical journey. So let's set aside our fears, embrace our imperfections, and embark on this epic adventure together!


Happy reading, grooving, and growing!


💛✨Allison2020

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