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Trombone Improvisation Savvy

Finally, learn to improvise with the most complete and comprehensive

book and audio collection specifically created for the trombone.

“Mike has created what has to be one of the most comprehensive tools for learning to improvise specifically for trombone! From the basics to more advanced concepts, great tune selections, and an amazing array of interactive play-alongs and demonstrations. This is a thoughtful, thorough, and dynamic approach to learning trombone improvisation.” 

- Nick Finzer, New York Trombinist and educator

What You Will Learn...

  • MIND'S EAR SAVVY SECTION

    Connecting your musical mind to your instrument is the core skill you'll develop from the book. Unique exercises and cool backing tracks throughout.

  • MELODY SAVVY SECTION

    Improvisation is the spontaneous weaving of melodic lines throughout the tune's form. Learn some rules for melodic structure and phrase rhythm so that your solos create more melodic interest.

  • CHORD THEORY SAVVY

    Jazz theory is not necessary to improvise well but it helps to understand a little bit of what is going on under your solo and how to play knowledgeably within it.

  • RHYTHM SAVVY

    Rhythm could be the most important skill to master. Play any note, but do it with great time and feel, and all is well. Play some challenging but effective exercises to improve your time.

  • PART 2: TUNE SAVVY

    Here you will learn 16 tunes and their chord changes. Analyze the tune, drill the difficult parts, play along with transcribes solos from Mike Lake and famous players on tunes including:

    Rhythm Changes

    Bye Bye Blackbird

    Hello Young Lovers

    Have You Met Miss Jones

    Dolphin Dance

    Lament

    Moment's Notice