G'day all you masters of the trumpet, 14 years ago i bought the Arban, and i can honestly say that i have never practiced it with the the due diligence that Mr.Arban outlines in his many commentarys, until now. Wow what a book! I have bashed through many of the studies without the comprehensive preparation that Arban outlines. When i first got the book, i thought that getting to the end of an exercise without a split was good. Over the last month i have had an Arban Rennaisance. I particularly enjoy the mixture of technique and musicality of all the exercises. What i find particularly clever is how it really cuts to the core of issues within a lip friendly range. My Arban aim over the next month is to play exercise no.46 on page 20 with a relaxed tongue, good intonation and sound. After only scratching the surface of this exercise i am already feeling the benefits right across my 12 octave register . It is a real killer in my opinion. Have you ever been complacent or sacreligious to the Arban? Have you rediscovered the Arban, and wondered why you faffed around with all those other method books/gadgets out there (e.g. the reverse pressure technique what nonsense)? What stuff has completely wasted your time when you should have been blowing Arban? Yours as always B.U.M.