Each holiday season I create a Christmas song and send it within an eCard. It’s the one time of year when I can just send someone a piece of music without it seeming odd. And by my calculations, in another 7 years or so, I’ll have enough for a Christmas CD!

This piece gave me an excuse to try some new technologies. New sounds and new ways to manipulate them.

As I finish the piece and write this message on Thanksgiving night, I’m reminded of how grateful I am to have access to this variety of fantastic technology for compositional sound design.

Enjoy my arrangement of this holiday classic!

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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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