Between a lot of travel, video production, starting a new book and… well, life–I’m behind in the creation of my latest original piece of Electrik Project music. Nevertheless, I want to get something out to you at least close to schedule.

A couple weeks ago I was practicing to one of the tracks from my last book, Jazz Ear Savvy. One of the things I like to do with these static harmony tracks is to play various melodies over them in order to hear the contrast in notes/pitch. I started playing Amazing Grace and decided to record it.

Simple as it was, I felt that it had a nice rhythm and feel to it, and warranted being sent out to my loyal subscribers!

And in case you’d like to play something along with this C major drone, feel free:


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“Michael Lake’s Trombone Improvisation Savvy is as comprehensive as it is insightful and practical. I can’t wait to delve into it further and look forward to sharing it with my students. I highly recommend this book for all levels of trombonists and improvisers alike.”

Steve Davis, Trombonist/Composer/Educator

I really like this interesting and well-disposed book. So many good thoughts, facts and tips on alto trombone. Good guidance for the searching alto souls out there. A must-have for the shelves.

– Håkan Björkman, Principal Trombone at Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

I highly recommend Alto Trombone Savvy for players around the world wanting advice on handling the alto trombone at the highest level. Classical and jazz players both share the same challenges, and it’s great to have this book in either bass or alto clef to help answer some of those challenges.

– Carsten Svanberg, International Trombone Soloist and Professor of Trombone at the University of Music and Arts Graz

For anyone interested in learning to play the alto trombone, whether for classical or jazz, this book is a must. Clearly written, with excellent exercises and links to audio examples, Michael Lake has provided the trombone world with a wonderful new resource.

– Ralph Sauer, Former Principal Trombone, Los Angeles Philharmonic

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