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Making jazz improvisation easier, more satisfying, and more musical

Find the tools and guidance here at Music Savvy to more easily play jazz better than you ever thought possible.

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About Music Savvy

My name is Michael Lake and I am the guy behind Music Savvy.

I am a Grammy-nominated trombonist who loves creating music and video, writing, teaching, and helping musicians make the most of their talents and their life’s work. I’m also Dad to two very special young men.

Throughout my entire business career, I never stopped creating and playing music. I was lucky enough to help build two thriving financial companies with my best friends, and I learned a ton about life and business along the way. But four years ago, I said goodbye to my business buddies so that I could do full-time what I most wanted to do, which is help musicians.

Throughout these past four years, I’ve published a dozen books and created two successful courses on improvisation, and interviewed over 75 leading jazz musicians. I write a popular blog and continue to help a wide range of musicians promote and market themselves online.

Can I help you?

Mike

What players say...

Your materials have changed the whole trajectory of my musical approach to practicing.​

You give me actionable protocols that have measurable outcomes and are always a bit outside my comfort zone. Too many of the alternatives feel like empty get rich quick schemes like '5 licks that will make you sound like Michael Brecker'!!

The things you help me hear in my playing give me a much needed fresh perspective I get nowhere else.

Armed with that new perspective and the fascinating tools you provide, I can tell you without a doubt I am a much better and more confident player because of you.

Check out Pocket-Jazz

The online jazz course for short attention spans! Three-minute lessons highlighted by lots of listening examples and short videos from jazz masters including Dave Liebman, Richie Beirach, RonCarter, Randy Brecker, and nearly 50 others. Now on sale for only $47. Learn more…

"How did you teach more about improvisation and scale work in 3-minutes than my professor did in an entire semester"?
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"I find myself eager to practice after listening to your videos. Thanks for your work here."
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"Studied music for three years and only scratched the surface of your video... Thank you!"
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"This is the best exercise I've ever heard for melodic improvisation."
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From the Savvy Series...

Strengthen your ear for jazz with powerful and unique exercises. Hear music in ways you've never experienced.
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Develop a better sense of time and rhythm with these fun exercises. Sections on Metronomic, Phrase, and Groove rhythm.
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Build your jazz trombone chops with this one-of-a-kind instruction specific for the instrument.
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The missing manual for alto trombone. For all levels starting with learning the positions to developing good intonation to improvisation
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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

This is just a fake book example for the type of website I can build for you. Just trying to use a little humor here!