I was brought up on Arban's method. Never completely mastered it (if such a thing is possible, or even relevant), but it got me well past Grade VIII standard at the time, so basically, it did its job.
Having nothing else with me in Lagos, I've been been basing a fair bit of my practice time around Pierre Thibaud's "Methode Pour Trompettiste Avance". A lot of common ground with Arban, of course, but one or two new ideas which are unfamiliar to me, particularly regarding embouchure which I'm nervous of experimenting with.
It's more than probable that Thibaud didn't produce his method with my particular needs in mind (50+ old fart on N+1th comeback) so I'd very much appreciate advice from someone who's a lot more familiar with theoretical developments in playing technique over the last 40 years or so than I am, as to whether, this method is likely to be useful or even counter-productive to me. Are there any pratfalls I need to be aware of/avoid completely?
I have no particular concrete objective in mind, but if I did, it would be to make a satisfactory 2nd trumpet in a half-decent regional symphony orchestra. ie I've no interest in playing routinely outside the classical trumpet range, or having a unique individual sound!!!!! Balanced non-quirky sound from low F# to top C with full and controlled dynamic range is what I'm looking for.
Technique-wise I have a 50-50 mouth-piece position, project up to go up, down to go down; no reversals I'm aware of and minimal adjustment to a normally horizontal instrument position (tend more to push/pull my lower jaw). Idiosyncracies are good bellows, but broken/crossed teeth around the centre of my embouchure and a tongue like one of Ghandi's flip-flops. I cut myself if I try playing a small to medium diameter mpc and feel most comfortable with a Denis Wick 1W which also gives me the symphonic style tone I want. I use a DW 3E to practice centering my notes.