The First Noel


As has been my tradition these last several years, I wrote and recorded a Christmas song. Have you noticed that there just isn’t enough Christmas music these days featuring alto trombone! 

I modified this rendition of an early 1800s classical English Christmas Carol. I made generous use of some new sound design software which gives it a slightly different flavor. The piece ends with some playful trombone improvisation.

Oh, and this picture is a photo of my North Pole music studio. It used to be the executive offices for Santa’s Workshop but they upgraded and I got this magical place for a song, all through a barter deal!.

Enjoy this wonderful time of year!!


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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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