My friend Barry Kierce was putting together a compilation CD of trombone & guitar from various players and asked me for a recording that I could contribute. Not having anything at hand, I created this.

It might sound a bit out of place within my Electrik Project repertoire, but trust me, there’s a fair amount of technology under the hood driving this tune. And hey, if I ever create an Acoustik Project, this will be front and center.

Using some guitar emulation tools, I found a set of very nice phrase samples to begin the tune. The only problem was that they were in the guitar-friendly key of E which is anything but friendly for the alto trombone. Tenor players, think the key of B.

In the end, it’s a simple tune that allowed me to stretch out a bit on good old E blues!

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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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