Free excerpt of Alto Trombone Savvy

Alto Trombone Savvy is my book dedicated to the alto trombone. It was published in January of 2017. After writing it for a while, I started to run out of strictly alto trombone content, so I started adding some good music and exercises that would be fun and helpful to tenor or bass trombone players…

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The piece performed at the 2017 International Trombone Festival

My good friend Gerry Pagano (bass trombone in the St. Louis Symphony) asked me earlier this spring to write a piece of music that he and I could perform at his recital at the International Trombone Festival this past summer in Redlands, CA. The result was “Conversations With Myself”. It was inspired by a comment…

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Trust. Risk. Reward

I want to thank Mike Lake for giving me the opportunity to say a few words about a project we’ve been involved in together over the last few months. Douglas Yeo (Bass trombonist, Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1985-2012; Professor of Trombone, Arizona State University, 2012-2016) • • • Gerry Pagano and I met in the summer…

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Slowing the difficulty curve of Trombone Improvisation Savvy

I received an email the other day from a very earnest guy working his way through Trombone Improvisation Savvy. His main question was, “The book quickly becomes advanced—that is, the book progresses faster than my ear! I probably could use more steps. It makes me think that I probably should go back and take some…

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Fun, music and learning from the 2017 International Trombone Festival

Finishing our last beer and listening to the final trombone note, we bid farewell to the 2017 International Trombone Festival at California’s Redlands University last night. In four short days, I heard wonderful new music, made lots of new friends and acquainted several dozens of people with my new book, “Trombone Improvisation Savvy”. I didn’t…

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The hardware and software of an improvisation method

Even though Trombone Improvisation Savvy is officially published, I’ve continued to work on the audio files. I like practicing trombone with the book’s music files and as I do, I hear things needing improvement. So I open up Logic and tweak. For some songs, adding new instruments/sounds transforms the piece into better music for play-along.…

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Trombone Improvisation Savvy has been published!

What has: 175 pages 114 written exercises 43 solo transcriptions 144 audio files containing 41/2 hours of music Yes, my new book, Trombone Improvisation Savvy. www.lulu.com/shop/michael-lake/trombone-improvisation-savvy/paperback/product-23218015.html A book I’ve wanted to write and record for a long time, I was determined to finish it before the International Trombone Festival in Redlands, CA later this month.…

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Fun musical backdrops

Over the past couple months, I’ve been focused on writing Trombone Improvisation Savvy and I’m happy to report that it is finished. I’m in the process of proofing it and plan to make it available within the next week. I’ve sent out advanced copies to a few trombone players for suggestions and testimonials and have…

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The magic of minor thirds in jazz improvisation

I just wrote a simple one-page insert for my upcoming book, Trombone Improvisation Savvy on what I call the “magic” of the minor third interval. Here’s the excerpt along with the audio tracks created for the examples: The magic of the minor third The minor third is an important interval in jazz improvisation. Hearing how…

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