The Book Alto Trombone Savvy

Alto Trombone Savvy

Finally learn to really play the alto trombone. 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

Digital editions: $24.95

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How you will learn to master the alto trombone

From the basics of the positions to developing the skill for improvisation, this comprehensive book will elevate your alto trombone playing no matter what your current level.

The basics

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

How to play the alto in tune

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 using trombone choir minus-one tracks and other fun play-alongs.

A feel for the different response

In order to get to that next note on 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. 

Learn to improvise on the alto

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 included cool rhythm tracks.

Eleuthera
Bolero @ 90 bpm
Eleuthera
Bolero @ 90 bpm
Good Bye
Ethereal @ 90 bpm
Good Bye
Ethereal @ 90 bpm
Southside Strut
Funk @ 100 bpm
Southside Strut
Funk @ 100 bpm
Standing outside
Bossa @ 150 bpm
Standing outside
Bossa @ 150 bpm
Groovy Jazzy
Jazz funk @ 112 bpm
Groovy Jazzy
Jazz funk @ 112 bpm
Sound Refuge
Eclectic - no temp
Sound Refuge
Eclectic - no temp
Dreaming of Mars
Static harmony without a tempo
Dreaming of Mars
Static harmony without a tempo
Beat Sweeper
Jazz @ 180 bpm
Beat Sweeper
Jazz @ 180bpm
Cruisin'
Fast Americana @ 224 bpm
Cruisin'
Fast Americana @ 224 bpm
Contemplation
Smooth @ 120 bpm
Contemplation
Smooth @ 120 bpm

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