Arban covers the range of the cornet trumpet. He also details alternate fingerings and describes the use of the tuning slide. Arban states his opinion that the mouthpiece should be two-thirds on the lower lip and one-third on the upper. Arban then stresses the proper "attack" technique.
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He was probably the first cornet player to become widely known for his phenomenal playing skills. After playing for my father for a few years I started taking lessons from my grandfather Rolf Slotte. They were both trumpet players. I never learned to play every single page of the Arban book, perfectly!
However, I have spent hundreds of hours practicing from it… …and let me tell you this; today, looking back on my trumpet journey, I do NOT consider one single hour of those Arban practice hours a waste of my time!
My grandfather is no longer here, but of course I still have his old Arban book. So, does this mean that I no longer practice from the Arban book? Of course I have bought a new book… …look, when I say that I think that the Arban should permanently be placed on the music stand in every trumpeters home, I mean it… …here is my trumpet stand The Arban book where it belongs. Permanently placed on my music stand.
Yes, the book is really that good. If you make a habit out of regularly practicing something from the Arban book you WILL become better. Week by week, month by month… …and year by year. In every chapter of the book Arban has written instructions and helpful tips, and under those tips you can find further annotations as Claude Gordon gives his perspective on the Arban trumpet exercises… …you will learn what to pay attention to, what to do, and also what to avoid in order to get the most out of the exercise and the book in general.
This is so great, and even though just practicing the exercises without reading anything will make you a better trumpet player, I highly recommend reading all the text as well. This is how the Arban book is structured Introduction.
Introduction[ edit ] In the Introduction J. Arban covers the range of the cornet trumpet. He also details alternate fingerings and describes the use of the tuning slide. Arban states his opinion that the mouthpiece should be two-thirds on the lower lip and one-third on the upper. Herbert Lincoln Clarke recommends the mouthpiece to rest half upper lip and half lower lip.
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