Okay, I admit it. I’ve been listening to a lot of Max Richter.

I’ve also been fascinated by Schoenberg and Hindemith lately, and their influence inspired me to experiment creating some melodic lines free from normal harmonic progression. It’s not a permanent about-face from groove and harmonious chord logic – just a brief side excursion.

Think of a dusty radio found in the clutter of a distant future attic. Somehow it clung to the sounds of its long past and required only the right touch and a belief in its power to hear a fleeting two minutes of the soul within the machine.

Give the glass dial a spin and land on the frequency meant for your ears. What do you hear?

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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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