I’m hard at work writing and recording my book Trombone Improvisation Savvy, but deadlines for monthly songs don’t stop! Rather than divert my focus from the the book, I recorded something creative around a song that I’m featuring in the book.

The second half of Trombone Improvisation Savvy is a collection of over a dozen songs that I analyze, record solos and transcribe, transcribe famous player’s solos, and provide tips and audio exercises on the challenging parts of each song. Each of these sections is a comprehensive user manual for helping you learn and improvise well over a particular song.

If you’d like the excerpt from the book on Dolphin Dance, click here for the complete Dolphin Dance section and links to the corresponding audio files.

And don’t forget to listen to my treatment of Dolphin Dance. I recorded the head and one chorus of solo, which just may whet your appetite for more! Stay tuned. It’s coming!

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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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