Trumpet Books for Every Player
- Most Popular Books for Trumpeters
Below, are some of the most commonly used trumpet books from beginner to professional. This is by no means an exclusive list, but it should provide you with a pretty convenient way to replace or buy new books.
Charlier 36 Etudes
Charlier Etudes are designed more for advanced trumpet players and can be very challenging to play. Some of these etudes are very melodic, yet technical and good for developing flexibility, grace, and musicality of sound.
Arbans Complete Conservatory Method
The Arbans is considered the gold-standard or bible of method books for trumpet players. Arbans is a thick book that covers everything from scales, arpeggios, to lyrical studies, etudes, characteristic studies, range, and technique. No trumpet player should be without an Arbans book. This book is for every level of player, from beginner to expert. There have been many different editions of Arbans, but the complete conservatory method below should have all of the content of the original book.
Herbert L. Clarke
My trumpet instructor in high school used to have me playing Herbert L. Clarke technical studies 30 minutes a day. I used to trade-off every day between single tonguing, double-tonguing, triple tonguing (when exercise was triplets), and Ka-Tonguing. This is a tremendous daily exercise routine for developing good fingering skills and tongue:
Saint Jacome's Trumpet Books
This book is similar to Arbans and full of good etudes, technical, and melodic exercises to help with fingering, flexibility, and overall endurance and technique.
Claude Gordon Trumpet Books
My high school trumpet instructor was a dedicated student of Claude Gordon and I practiced from the Systematic Approach to Daily Practice everyday. Claude Gordon specialized in developing range, sound, and endurance. In addition the Systematic Approach book, I highly recommend reading the book, "Brass Playing is No Harder than Deep Breathing" This is an excellent analysis of what it takes to play the trumpet.
This little book is a great way to practice musically each and every day. These lyrical studies are designed to help trumpet players think lyrically and musically when they as if they are singing classical music. This was a very popular and recommended book of my instructors at UNT in Denton, Tx.
Earl Iron's Flexiblity
This is another one of those infamous books that I played from everyday. I would suspect most players with great lip flexibility have practiced these exercises religiously. If you want to do lip trills or shakes like Maynard Ferguson or Freddie Hubbard; or if you just want to be able to gracefully go from one tone to the next like Maurice Andre, this is a good book to get you started.
Other Trumpet Books
Below are some additional choices in trumpet method books that are popular. The Rubank's is one of the most popular for intermediate players. You may recognize these others.
Jazz Trumpet Books
Below you will find some popular books for learning how to play Jazz on the trumpet. A few of these books contain numerous jazz trumpet solos that you can practice. The one other book that no jazz trumpet player should be without is the Bb Real Book Sixth Edition. When I went to Berklee College of Music in Boston, just about every player on campus was carrying around a Real Book with them from class to class.
Try Used Trumpet Books
Not only will you save money on trumpet books, but shopping on these auction pages will help you locate and replace those old worn-out books. Whether it's your Arbans, Clarke, Claude Gordon, etc., the books you need will be right here on these auction pages. Good like shopping.
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