Waves shifting, morphing, constantly evolving from one form to the next in a liquid dance of never-ending patterns. That could aptly describe the dunes of the world’s great oceans of sand, but it could also describe music.

For this piece, I wanted to adopt my playing style to more of a liquid flowing of sound. I’ve always contended that the trombone has unique physical characteristics that allow the player to produce much more than a sequence of static sounds. Not just traditional glissandos up and down to neighboring notes, but sonic connections between wider intervals and musical ideas.

Preview / Buy Book

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

Scroll to Top