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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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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How to improvise over Dolphin Dance

One of the important decisions I am making as I write Trombone Improvisation Savvy is: which tunes to include in the second half of the book where I analyze the form and changes, record the melody, transcribe my improvised solo, record exercises for the challenging parts of the song, and transcribe a well known solo…

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Improving your ear for trombone improvisation

My upcoming book, Trombone Improvisation Savvy, departs from the traditional approach to improvisation. Rather than focus on harmonic theory and chord-scale relationships, the book will focus on developing one’s ear. Listening. Of the two main parts of the book, part one focuses on ear training. I’ve created several diverse exercises within the first part of…

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The most desired trombone improvisation skill

I recently sent a survey to my trombone playing subscribers in which one question asked, What aspect of your improvisation do you most wish to improve? I’m writing a book called Trombone Improvisation Savvy. The answer to that question is pretty important for a book on improvisation. It turns out that the answers to that…

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Trombone improvisation survey results

  In preparation for my book Trombone Improvisation Savvy, I sent a survey to my subscriber list asking for opinions and experiences on improvisation. I received more responses than I anticipated and will be posting the results over the next several weeks. Starting out, I asked how important it was for you to improve your…

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