Ted Clark is new to the qPress family. His book of Interesting Etudes for the Developing Trumpeter came so well endorsed by leading players that I got it into the catalogue as quickly as I could. Read below from Ted’s foreword, and click to the left for samples before grabbing an immediate PDF download above.
“There is seemingly no shortage of method books for the beginner trumpet player available in music stores today. Many of them do a very good job of getting a student started on the trumpet, sometimes for even the first few years of playing. Once these books have been exhausted however, I have found that the next level of instruction often takes a larger step than the student is prepared for, specifically when it comes to range.
Finding etudes that do fit into a player’s developing range can sometimes be at the expense of challenging technique and musicality. The same is true for trumpet players who have been playing for years and then need to get braces. Mentally they are ready for new challenges, but physically they are temporarily limited by range and endurance. Furthermore, many intermediate level etudes fail to interest young trumpet players and stick only to one style.
It was for these reasons that I began composing my own etudes for my students. In an attempt to help fill this void in the repertoire, the etudes in this book address specific challenges I saw my own students facing while learning the instrument. Rhythm, phrasing, breath control, flexibility, agility, and musicality are all put to the test without going into a range that may not be developed yet. This is not to say that range should not continue to be developed at whatever pace is comfortable for the student, but it is not the purpose of this book.
Each etude is purposely written in a different style to reflect the demands of being a musician in today’s world. One must be flexible and comfortable in a variety of styles. The student (and teacher) should feel free to play these etudes in any order they wish, as they are meant as an addition to, not a replacement of, a well-rounded practice routine.”