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Do you want to learn to really play

this great yet underappreciated instrument? 

Learning the alto as a tenor player is more than memorizing a bunch of positions.

It requires tuning your ear to another set of overtones

“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 pricipal trombone  - Los Angeles Philharmonic

What You Will Learn...

  • PERFORMANCE SAVVY SECTION

    Pages of cool exercises for learning and hearing the primary and alternate positions and training your arm to intuitively find them.

  • RHYTHM SAVVY SECTION

    You need to get to that next note in time. Learn how the shorter tube of the alto alters your response, and then play over cool original music tracks that help you hear and sharpen your response and sense of time. 

  • INTONATION SAVVY

    Beginning alto players sound weak because they do not yet hear the core of each note. This section gets you hearing that in-tune core through trombone choir minus-one tracks and other fun.

  • IMPROVISATION SAVVY

    I couldn't leave this out. This section is a primer in improvisation and expands upon the book's earlier ear training to get you playing melodies by ear over supplied rhythm tracks.