How to approach Arban.

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by oceanjaws, Nov 29, 2014.

  1. oceanjaws

    oceanjaws New Friend

    Sep 21, 2014
    Yorkshire, England
    Aye, that's the one!
    A fair trek from Lagos, though.
  2. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    I enjoy Lagos. Hope I get some for Christmas.
  3. Phil986

    Phil986 Forte User

    Nov 16, 2009
    Near Portland, OR.
    Thread has gone on a bit of a tangent but to go back to the original question, I'd say it's simplistic to consider it as a progressive book. Beyond the early sections, what you have is a huge catalog of specific goal oriented tools to overcome the difficulties of the instrument. It should really be considered that way. How to use it depends on your goals, type of music played and many other factors.
    It is best used under guidance of a teacher, who may be better able to determine what exercises you need in the big catalog of the method.

    It is also strongly influenced by the musical fashion of the times in which it was written, and therefore carries a certain concept of how the well rounded player should sound when reaching the higher levels of the method. Because of Arban's background, taste and the music of the period, that influence owes quite a bit to the Bel Canto tradition. It is a great way to learn but not necessarily corresponds to what one may want to play in our days. Still, Mr Wise has indicated on this forum how useful the method has been to himself and Lee Morgan, so it reaches way beyond 19th century Western European trends.

    Arban, the one stop shop for all solutions to trumpet/cornet playing problems...
  4. Sethoflagos

    Sethoflagos Utimate User

    Aug 7, 2013
    Lagos, Nigeria
    I do sometimes feel it trains a trumpeter to play cornet music - more of the lyrical, less of the declamatory. Just a thought.
  5. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Jackson NC
    I am under the impression that it was originally written for cornets, the only high brass of that time period.
  6. Ursa

    Ursa Piano User

    Jan 17, 2009
    Northern Michigan
    Arban champions the cause for the cornet as a solo instrument throughout the work. It's my impression that in Arban's day, the trumpet was an orchestral instrument, and the cornet was the high brass voice of the band.

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