MATING CALL

This tune is a tribute to the most powerful sound in nature. Thunder is louder and wind is all around us, but the sounds that attract a mate and propagate the species throughout the animal kingdom exert a force that shapes our entire planet.

The sounds used to design this piece were collected from a variety of sources. Sounds you’ll recognize, and others you won’t. That’s a lot like nature. We hear the busyness of nature every day, but seldom do we consider the power of this noise – until it’s directed at us!

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