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    Method Book recommendations?

    I'm looking into getting a method book or two to help me improve my playing, and provide me with something to work on once I graduate. I'm interested in Arbans, and Clarkes, though I can't seem to find any information besides that they're both good books. Any recommendations as to which, or even any other noteworthy books? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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    Re: Method Book recommendations?

    Actually you should get both Arbans and Clarks. They are sort of the essentials references. I have hed several editions of Arbans thru the years, but the most recent Platinum edition has a CD to go along with it. I'm sure others will chime in some good references. Allen Vizzutti's Method Studies are on my future purchase list. He has 3 volumes.
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    Re: Method Book recommendations?

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    Actually you should get both Arbans and Clarks.
    Arbans and Clarke Technical Studies would be at the top of my list.

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    Re: Method Book recommendations?

    Couple of suggestions...#1 All trumpet players should own an Arban's book. #2 Claude Gordon's Systematic Approach to Daily Practice. The Arban's and Clarke books are wonderful and you should definitely get them. They have an immense amount of technical and lyrically studies, plus solo's and duets. The Gordon book is about learning how to practice and develop a sound routine (no pun intended). It has series of lessons that will take you about a year to complete if you follow the instructions. Another one I highly recommend and one that really helped me was the Buzzing Book by James Thompson. It comes with a CD...

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    Re: Method Book recommendations?

    Well, I believe Claude's book uses the St. Jacome book, so if you are planning on getting the most out of Claude's method, it would seem to me that it would be more efficient to get the St. Jacome instead of Arban's. Both would be biting off a heck of a lot to chew at once.

    OTOH, if you are going to get Arban's, you might want to consider getting Eric Bolvin's book "The Arban Manual" in which he has organised Arbans in a logical way. Check it out: ::: Eric Bolvin Music Studios - Publications ::: ARBAN MANUAL
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    Re: Method Book recommendations?

    I use to always recommend the Arban's and Clark's Techinical studies ... bit I think I leam more towards Arban's and the Vizutti Method book now. Book one of Vizzutti.
    Arban's has alot of Etudes along with great exercises. The Vizzutti's offer technical studies actually similar to the Clarkes but also great warm ups and some contemporary range and embrouchure exercises.
    It's a little difficult to try to look back as I started on the Clarkes and Arbans.
    All must haves actually.
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    Re: Method Book recommendations?

    The Arban's book is a trumpeter's bible. If you get this one (especially the extended American one with the duets) then you don't need any of the others. Range and muscle strength exercises, endurance, long tones, double tonguing, triple tonguing, intervals, and everything you need to be able to play trumpet brilliantly. The 14 Characteristic Studies and the 18 Solos are very tiring and very good to play. They sound brilliant and they train you really well as well.

    If you want to get other books as well, then that's your own choice. But Arban's does it for me!
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