Free Public Domain Trumpet Methods

Expanded Arban The Arban book has been the mainstay of Trumpet practice for well over 100 years. However; no revisions have ever been made to the exercises in it. The range in the Arban book was stuck at the top of the staff; with a few limited High Cs included. For example there were 16 exercises for the C scale. Only 1 of the 16 had a high C in it. The majority of exercises were written for what is now a middle school range. This is a problem because to expand you range, you have to practice to the top note of your range every day. If you only play 3-10 high Cs a day then High D will NEVER become a good note. I took exercises from the major sections of the book and some songs and raised them step by step up to Double High C. I also included […]

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Brass For Africa Books

There is a wonderful charity called Brass For Africa. They obtain and donate books, instruments, mouthpieces, and teaching to people all across Africa. The average yearly pay throughout the continent would prevent most people from learning and playing an instrument. This program helps to bring music to them. www.brassforafrica.com www.brassforafrica.org www.facebook.com/brassforafrica To try and help I wrote 2 books for the Brass For Africa program. Brass For Africa: Learning to Play the Trumpet: A Textbook (2016) Brass For Africa: Pops’ Daily Trumpet Practice Music (2016) Pops

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Is the Arban the only book you need?

The Arban book is talked about as being the Trumpet Bible. That implies a kind of completeness. This is simply not the case. There are some good exercises but there is also a great deal of space devoted to younger players. A lot of both the Art of phrasing and the duets is easily mastered. There is NO range work in the English versions. The multiple tonguing is on a basic level. And A great deal of the last 50 pages is also simple. Lets face it a lot of High School players take the Carnival of Venice to solo contest or college auditions. The book NEEDS a great deal of suppliments. Bartold Orchestral Excerpts Vol. 1-5 Burke New Directions in Tonguing Clarke Technical Studies Clarke Characteristic Studies Schlossberg Daily Drills Williams Complete Method (Lots of great works in Vol. III) Williams Supplimental Studies Williams Transposition Williams Secret of Technique […]

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