I wrote and first recorded this in 2010. It is a simple tune but has always been one of my personal favorites. After getting upgraded equipment that converts the live trombone sound into a digital file, I wanted to re-record the trombone part in order to get a better sound.

The trombone part originally was improvised and this melody came from the first take. So when I re-recorded it, I wanted to keep as close as possible to the original while still sounding fresh.

It’s not meant to be a religious piece, but rather an expression of gratitude for all the great things life has to offer.

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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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