In preparation for an upcoming quartet gig, I’m shedding some of the tunes. No better way to practice a tune than record it and listen to it critically.

Hello Young Lovers is a great tune, and the standard key is in a low-mid register for trombone so I can just grove nice and easy without straining for notes. I put together just one chorus because I didn’t want to make a huge production out of it, just a nice ride through the form.

Rogers and Hammerstein wrote this tune in 1951 for the broadway musical “The King and I”. The heroine Anna sings this song when she tells the wives of the King of Siam about her late husband, and sympathizes with the plight of Tuptim, the Burmese slave girl.

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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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