Why rattlesnake? One night, while putting this tune together, I went to the back of my property on the side of the hill at twilight to practice. I took one step outside my gate, and heard the all-too familiar warning hiss and rattle. Not able to see what I almost stepped on, I eased back and decided that this was an inside practice night!

I guess, like the rattler, this tune has a bit of an edge, the trombone notes occasionally slither, plus it’s funky. Add the impression the snake made on me that night, and the name for a tune is born.

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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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