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I wanted to make a page that would give to the trumpet community forever. Too many players around the world have no good source of info and lack books. So to solve that I am giving away my biggest book. I hope that this helps players all over the world to improve.

Below you will find one of my 25 books plus several public domain books.

Free 6700 pages as of 3/14/2019.

The  New Arban Book

by Clint ‘Pops’ McLaughlin

New Arban 985 page Method Book (Click here)

I am the only teacher to ever write a book this big 985 pages and to give it away for FREE. I have so much more info and can help any player so contact me for more tips and lessons.

Clint ‘Pops’ McLaughlin

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 over 200 pages of my original exercises. The New Arban Book is 985 pages.

How to use the jump to page table of contents in your free New Arban book.
Pick music that has a usable top note for you and work many different parts of the book for variety. Then go up a step.

This is an extended range exercise based on Brandt #1 that I wrote. Pops Extended Brandt #1

Here is Pops Trumpet players Guide which is a short article I wrote and gave away to be part of the internet comeback players forum. The idea was to give people who were returning to playing after years off, a basic idea of what to do the 1st week or month. Pops Trumpet Players Guide

After that my books will teach you how to really play the trumpet.  Check out my 25 trumpet books and video courses. I also teach on skype. Pops Trumpet College

New Arban 985 page Method Book (Click here)

Free Video Lessons  (25+ video lessons)

Free Cartoon Video Lessons  (10 video cartoon lessons) 

Trumpet playing charts (fingering, notes, scales, chords, theory)

Embouchure based on Infra-red study.

Public domain trumpet methods

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All of these US copyright editions were 1923 or before (95 years) and absolutely are in the public domain. In a few cases they were published in another country and a 70 years after the author died rule applies. A couple of countries only used the international rule and it was 50 years after the author died. Those books may have been published after 1924 but the passing of the author in a certain time period puts them in public domain.

Arban Complete Celebrated Method

Joseph Jean-Baptiste Laurent Arban (28 February 1825 – 8 April 1889) was a cornetist, conductor, composer, pedagogue and the first famed virtuoso of the cornet à piston or valved cornet. The Arban Book was 1st published before 1859. It was only 93 pages. It was expanded a lot in the next few years.

This Public Domain version is the 1893 edition published by Carl Fischer. This one is the 355 page version everyone knows.

Arban 1893

Bohme – 24 Etudes

Oskar Böhme 1870-1938
Oskar Böhme was born near Dresden, Germany. He studied trumpet and composition in the Leipzig Conservatory of Music. From 1894-1896 he played in the Budapest Opera Orchestra and then moved to St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1897. Böhme played cornet for 24 years in the Mariinsky Theatre, turned to teaching at a music school on Vasilievsky Island in St. Petersburg for nine further years, from 1921-1930, and then returned to opera with the Leningrad Drama Theatre until 1934.

Bohme 24 Etudes

Boscher Méthode de trompette


Brandt 34 Etudes

Karl Wilhelm (Vasily Georgievich) Brandt (1869-1923) was a Russian trumpeter, pedagogue, and composer. He became principal trumpet of the Bolshoi Theater in 1890 and succeeded Friedrich Richter as the trumpet professor of the Moscow Conservatory in 1900. He is considered the founder of the Russian trumpet school. His 34 Orchestral Etudes, is an important study material for modern trumpet players. This edition of Brandt’s 34 Orchestral Etudes was published in 1922 in Russia.

1922 edition of Brandt 34 Etudes

Charlier 36 Etudes Transecdental

Theo Charlier 1868 – 1944. Being a soloist of international reputation, he was appointed in 1901 as trumpet teacher at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Liège where he taught for 32 years..

Charlier Book


Elementary Studies,   Characteristic Studies,  Technical Studies

Herbert Lincoln Clarke (September 12, 1867 – January 30, 1945) was a well-known American cornet player, feature soloist with John Phillip Sousa, bandmaster, and composer. Clarke wrote over 50 solo compositions and these 5 books, Elementary Studies (1909),Technical Studies (1912),Characteristic Studies (1915),Setting Up Drills (1929), and How I Became A Cornetist (1934). This edition of the Technical Studies was published in 1912 by his wife L. B. Clarke.

Elementary Studies

Characteristic Studies

1912 edition of Clarke Technical Studies

Clarke Cornet Solos

Clodomir Méthod

Pierre François Clodomir 1815 – 1884 was a french instrumentalist, composer and music writer. He was a cornettist who played in many French orchestras.


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Eby, Walter M.

Scientific Method for Cornet & Trumpet in 4 parts.

Walter Eby wrote complete  methods for every band instrument (yes even the wood winds). He ran a music school in New York. The trumpet method was written in 4 parts from 1920-1924. The 1st 3 books are now in public domain as of 1/1/2019. Book 4 becomes public domain 1/1/2020. Book 4 is the 1st book to ever include written double high Cs.

Eby’s Scientific Method for Cornet and Trumpet Book 1

Eby’s Scientific Method for Cornet and Trumpet Book 2

Eby’s Scientific Method for Cornet and Trumpet Book 3

Goldman’s Practical Studies

Edwin Franco Goldman (January 1, 1878 – February 21, 1956) is one of America’s prominent band composers of the early 20th century. He composed over 150 works, but is best known for his marches. This edition of His Practical Studies was published in 1921 by Carl Fischer.

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Kosleck School of Trumpet

Julius Kosleck 1825 – 1904. He was a trumpeter in the Berlin Königliche Kapelle (1853–93), and also taught trumpet and trombone at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik (1872–1903).


Jules Levy Cornet Instruction Book

Jules Levy (April 24, 1838 – November 28, 1903) was a cornetist, teacher, and composer. He was arguably the first cornetist to be recorded, having participated in an early public demonstration of Thomas Edison’s tinfoil phonograph. Levy’s Cornet Instruction Book was 1st published in 1895. This Public Domain version is the 1895 edition published by C. G. Conn.

1895 edition of Jules Levy Cornet Instruction Book

Saint Jacome Grand Method

Louis Antoine Saint Jacome (1830-1898) a rival to Arban and many people think that his Grand Method is superior.

The Grand Method Book was 1st published in 1870. This Public Domain version is the 1882 edition published by W. H. Gundy.

St Jacome

Trumpet School, 4 vols by Mikhail Tabakov

Tabakov, Mikhail (1877–1956) Was trumpet professor at the Moscow Conservatory. Tabakov was a student of Brandt. Tabakov was the college professor of Timofei Dokshizer.

Trumpet School Tabakov 1.pdf

Tabakov vol 3.

Tabakov vol 4

Wurm 40 Studies

Wilhelm Wurm 1826-1906.  Wurm was a Russian trumpeter, author and St. Petersburg Conservatory Professor


Wurm 41 Duets

Complete Orchestral Trumpet Parts

Bach to Bruckner

Bruckner to Haydn

Haydn to Strauss

Stravinsky to Wagner

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Orchestral  Audition parts

Trumpet 1 Audition

Trumpet 2 Audition

Trumpet Utility Audition

Other books

Musical Form (Theory)

Musical Notation (Theory)

Chords, Inversions…

Music Composition


Back in the stone age when I was learning to play there was no New Expanded Arban, Clarke, Concerto book… (That is why I wrote them). I had top use Clarinet and Sax books to get written notes above high C. Yes the clarinet will have some pedal F and Es. Get over it and play them. These are the 2 non trumpet books I used.

Ferling – 144 Preludes and Etudes

Franz Wilhelm Ferling 1796-1874
Ferling was born in Halberstadt Germany. At the age of 18, Ferling began serving as a court musician for the Duke of Brunswick, a position which he would hold for most of his life. From 1814 to 1816, he was a military musician, playing the clarinet. Afterwards, he received a job as the principal oboist of the Brunswick court orchestra, a post which he held for 44 years.
(These will work your range.)

Ferling 144 Etudes

Klose’s Conservatory Method for the Clarinet

Hyacinthe Eléonore Klosé (October 11, 1808 in Corfu (Greece) – August 29, 1880 in Paris) was a French clarinet player, professor at the Conservatoire de Paris, and composer. Klosé is noted for his design improvements to the clarinet using the principles laid down by Theobald Boehm in his innovative work on the flute keywork. From 1839 to 1843, he enlisted the help of Louis-August Buffet of Buffet-Crampon fame, an instrument-making technician, to construct what is known today as the Boehm system clarinet. This edition was published in 1879 by Jean White.

1879 edition of the Klose method for clarinet

Sitt 1-4

Hans Sitt 1850-1922
Sitt was born in Prague the son of Anton Sitt, a prominent Hungarian-born violin maker. From 1884 to 1921 Sitt held the august position of Professor of Violin at the Leipzig Conservatory, and authored several important studies for violin and viola, some of which are still used. He was conductor of the Leipzig Bach Society (Bach-Verein Leipzig) from 1885 to 1903.

(These include some difficult slurs.)

Sitt 1

Sitt 2

Sitt 3

Sitt 4

The World’s Edition Universal Method for the Saxophone

Paul de Ville I never found out anything about Mr de Ville. I wished I knew something. This edition was published in 1908 by Carl Fischer.

World’s Edition Universal Method for the Saxophone

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