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Arban's Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet (Cornet Or Eb Alto, Bb Tenor, Baritone, Euphoniumand Bb Bass in Treble Clef) Paperback – Jun 1982


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Carl Fischer Music Dist; Updated edition (Jun. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825803853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825803857
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 21.6 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By I. Melvin on 25 July 2007
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This book contains just about everything an aspiring cornet or trumpet player will require in regards to warm-ups, scales, arpeggios, exercises and technique building for their entire career. However, if you are just beginning, I would suggest a basic tutorial might be a safer and less daunting option. Arban does rather throw one in at the deep end and expects one to know musical notation etc.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Fleming on 3 Feb. 2010
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I play Eb tuba and my tutor (a professional tubaist) recommended this book to me (PLATINUM EDITION) 'it's got just about everything you need' he said. It is worth every penny because there is enough here to keep any serious musician busy for years and it will also serve as a reference/bible that you will want to keep. It can be useful to have a tutor who can point out the sections which are most relevant for you and most appropriate for your ability at the time - but buy it even if you don't have a tutor. A lot of sections start off with easier exercises and work up to more difficult ones - so just start at the beginning and work your way through!

This is not suitable for absolute beginners although definitely a must-have as you progress with your studies. There is plenty here for musicians of intermediate to advanced ability too.

I'm not sure what the difference is between this edition and the platinum one - the latter includes a CD and the user-friendly binding (plastic comb). The binding does make it easier to use but it is worth being gentle with it! A fingering chart is included near the beginning. The paper seems a bit thin but is wearing well so far considering the number of times it has been pulled in and out of my music bag which also houses my metal music stand! If the paper was thicker it would be a montrously heavy tome!!

THIS IS THE EDITION TO GET:

Arbans Complete Method: Trumpet, Platinum Edition (Book & CD) by J.B. Arban and Edwin Franko Goldman; Walter M. Smith; Claude Gordon (Plastic Comb - July 2005)

ISBN-10: 0825858526

Product description:
Carl Fischer is proud to present a new and special edition of this classic publication that has served as the method of choice for generations of trumpet players.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jan. 2004
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This is a must for any brass player, young players don't be intimidated by the size of the book or the exercises, with practise anything is possible it is also great to go back to for reference
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Telephone book thick with almost every page filled solid with staffs, Arbans is more likely to scare off most newcomers to brass from a casual flick through. Get past that, there are exercises for almost every trumpet technique you need to start and improve as a player. I'd advise against sitting down with the intent of working through every single page, in order, although that would certainly show you improvement. Personally, I identify areas of my playing I'm unhappy with, find a page of exercises that cover that area and work on. You can also tailor a warmup routine based on it's exercises or pick a random page and see how you fare. Once you've got the basics down, you can move onto the more advanced techniques later on in the book.

As it was written 150 years ago, some of the explanations are a little out of date and updates from more modern sources assist when reading through the text that precedes each chapter. In addition, it could do with an update in general, being a little dry and inflexible in it's approach and the explanations behind the content is a little lacking. You certainly won't come away with the confidence to do an improvised solo for example, although your chops might be up to the task.

So while it's an essential book for a brass player, it's certainly not the only book you should own.
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