Similar to last month’s song, I have taken something from my upcoming book, Trombone Improvisation Savvy, and re-purposed it for my altobone music feed.

Part two of the book contains 16 jazz tunes with analysis, transcriptions and play-along tracks. In contrast to the various other harmonically dense tunes, I wanted to include a modal tune, and thought that an original upon which I could expand and send to subscribers would be ideal. The book’s section on this tune will be a simple version of the I-IV-V-I progression.

The title of this tune came from visions dancing in my head of this summer’s planned vacation to Belize in South America. The song guides you through the wide variety of terrains found within this beautiful country–from limestone caves to dense jungle to the stunning ocean reefs.


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Being familiar with the great alto trombone playing of Michael Lake, I can attest that his words of wisdom don’t come from a theoretician, but from a remarkably  accomplished artist. I highly recommend this great book!!”

– Cristian Ganicenco, Principal Trombone, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

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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