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The Top Ten World’s Shortest Trumpet Books

I have come across many books which are exceedingly short. Some as little as 5 pages. What astounds me is that these short books hold some of the most useful daily routines in publication today. To make this blog post I dug through nearly 500 books in the qPress collection and found the top 10 shortest books in the trumpet canon. Have a look around and click through for in-depth descriptions. I think you will like what you find.

Arban’s Daily Gymnastics

Benedict Vansek’s book “Arban’s Daily Gymnastics for Cornet or Trumpet,” is subtitled “the personal daily studies used by JB Arban, famous artist and author of the world renowned Arban Method.”

I give the extended subtitle because it is a perfect description of what the book is. It outlines a series of exercises done personally by Arban each day to maintain his facility on the instrument and keep him in tip top shape. The book covers Long Tones, Slurred Intervals, cycle of major scales, dominant 7th chords, extended intervals, descending harmonics, triplet lip flexibilities, cycle of major chords, chromatic studies, chords of the diminished 7th, then “Ancient Trumpet Studies”. The whole set can be practiced in about 20 minutes and is a wonderful daily routine to get you started.

Feel free to check out a sample page to the left, then grab an immediate PDF download above. This is a routine you don’t want to miss.

Mancini’s Daily Studies

The idea behind Albert Mancini’s Daily Studies for Trumpet is that artists become great because they think. A thought should be behind every action, and by thinking while you practice you are able to do the seemingly impossible with little effort. These daily studies cover a wide range of activities, from flow studies, to velocity studies, to pedal tones and beyond. A great addition to the daily study repertoire and a refreshing look at common issues in trumpet playing.

Grab some samples to the left and get an immediate PDF download above.

62 Daily Exercises

Paudert’s 62 Daily Exercises for Trumpet is subtitled “In the Keys Most Commonly Used.” It is a series of 62 exercises in key signatures up to 3 sharps and 3 flats that can be used as technical practice for beginners, or as a starting point for intermediate and advanced players to do some transposing and range expansion. There is a wealth of scale and interval patterns in this book. More than enough to keep a young player busy, or to inspire a bit of maintenance practice for seasoned professionals. For people who know Paudert’s other books (view all here), this is a wonderful addition to the repertoire, and available in PDF form for the first only at qPress.

Samples to the left, and immediate PDF download above.

Warm Ups & Daily Routines

Bell’s Warm Ups & Daily Routine offers trombone, baritone, and tuba players a structured daily routine they can use to get in shape and be ready for any challenges that on the horizon.

This book covers Long Tones, Articulation, Multiple Tonguing, Instructions for Beginners, an Extended Daily Routine, and an in-depth writeup on breathing and singing-style wind playing.

This book is part of the Bell Complete Method and offers a fantastic value for a book that you can use every single day.

Check out some samples to the left then grab an immediate PDF download above.

Arban’s Daily Exercises (Gymnastics for the Cornettist)

With the release of this book and its two counterparts, you are witnessing the single biggest release of never before seen, long lost Arban trumpet books, translated into English for the first time since they were written in the mid 1880’s.

Arban’s Daily Exercises is subtitled “Gymnastics for the Cornettist.” In his foreword, he tells the reader that “the exercises contained in this collection are sufficient to maintain the agility of one’s fingers, the strength of the embouchure, the suppleness of the lips, as well as the evenness and lightness of the tongue. These exercises have been combined such that the artist will immediately find the perfect studies for all genres.”

He walks you through how you should practice each section, then he provides all of the exercises you need to maintain your chops, starting with flow studies, intervals, lip slurs, major, chromatic, and diminished scales, triplet arpeggios, double tongued major chords, and then articulated studies to be played on only one fingering as if you were playing a natural trumpet.

A find like this is literally one in a century. My special thanks to Kelsey Anderson for working so diligently on a challenging translation. Please check out the first page in the samples, then grab an immediate PDF download above.

Daily Embouchure Studies

Let's see what EF Goldman had to say about his book “Daily Embouchure Studies”. You can have a look at some sample pages to the left and grab a PDF download above. From the author:

“These exercises were written twenty five years ago. I have just looked them over carefully with a view to improving upon them if possible. After careful thought and study I have no wish to alter or add a single note. Before writing them I had consulted the greatest cornetists and other brass authorities in the world-including the famous cornetist Jules Levy- and they were all agreed upon the proper method for improving the tone, securing power and endurance, and perfecting the technic. These exercises should in reality become the “Daily Prayer” of every brass instrument player. The playing of sustained tones is the most important form of exercise on any instrument whether it be brass, reed or string.

Volumes upon volumes have been written in the form of exercises, but nothing has or ever will be written that will improve the tone and strengthen the lips of a wind instrument player more quickly and permanently than the proper and simple practice of sustained tones regularly each day.”

Daily Drills and Technical Exercises

Have you ever wondered how players like Wynton Marsalis have developed such strength, endurance, and control on the trumpet? This book holds the key. Every day Wynton would start with this book:

“During the first 15-20 minutes play long tones, soft, from second line G down to low G. For the next 30-45 minutes work with pages 5 and 6 in the Max Schlossberg book, varying the dynamics and the tempos. Try to play through every slur, getting an even, round sound on every note, and getting over the breaks in the instrument. Also, exercises 59 and 60 in the Schlossberg book are good to strengthen your lips.” -Wynton Marsalis

Written by renowned teacher Max Schlossberg, this book demonstrates his well-regarded methods on mastering the trumpet. It is especially useful for developing the upper register, from G2 to C5. Used by schools, universities, and conservatories the world over.

Click to the left for samples and to download your copy today!

Modern Daily Warm-Ups & Drills

(Ilmari) Elmer Ronka’s study books for trombone, baritone, and tuba are a staple of any serious player’s collection. In the preface of this book, Ronka lays out why he wrote it and what his goals were:

“A good warm up routine is vital to all players, so I wrote a choice of two warm ups, preceding the essential drills section of this book. The combined material was created on the basis of long experience as a private teacher of hundreds of brass players, many who are professional performers in symphony orchestras, bands and in jazz fields throughout the country. Although these studies are aimed for the professional and advanced student, the use of the first few exercises in each group will be of advantage in starting and playing correctly for the beginner under the guidance of a good teacher.”

Check out some samples to the left then grab yourself an immediate PDF download above.

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