Elevator Bling


This song is the product of an assignment I took on to produce some muzak. You know, the stuff you’re supposed to hear in elevators. Except that I never hear this in elevators. I hear it in malls and doctor’s offices. 

But Hollywood uses it as a classic  environment(cliche?):

Chaos is all around our hero as he dodges into an elevator. Once the doors close, the mood dramatically pauses for a second while we hear a little muzak. Before we get too comfortable, the doors open back up and the chaos returns.

I added a short trombone solo at the end just for this page but not for my submission to the producers. On the original version without the solo, I tried to make it somewhat bland, but I’m not sure if it’s still too much. Too much of what, though, I’m not sure.

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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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