Something a little different this month.  I decided to improvise through one of the rhythm backing tracks called Island Mines within my book Trombone Improvisastion Savvy and then craft sounds around the improvisation as an arrangement.

As I was writing the piece and thinking of a title, I remembered something someone recently said to me regarding an exercise in relaxing and getting present. “As you focus, don’t worry if your mind wanders, he told me. That’s what minds do. They wander.”

We’ll I guess this trombone improvisation reflects my mind wandering, and the music designed around that three minute stream of consciousness emphasises the degree to which my mind zigs and zags. Nothing wrong with it. It’s what minds do. They wander.


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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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