Yes, I wish someone had given me an Arbans when I started. I had one year of 6th grade band then moved to a junior high that had no band program and had no chance of getting a private teacher. I continued to learn on my own playing hymns and whatever music was available (mostly piano stuff). I would have loved a book that I could have used to learn technique along with the excercises, scales, arpeggios, etc in the first several sections. 40 years later I finally got one and it has been great.