Part of the mission at qPress is to find the definitive editions of the most important works for trumpet and make them available to players worldwide. Ernest S. Williams’ Complete Modern Method is a perfect example of this. We have seen editions floating around for a century, but we have gone back to the very first edition ever printed, published through the Ernest Williams School of Music, and have compiled all three volumes into this massive 327 page grand method. Second only to the Arban’s in scope and scale, the Williams Complete Modern Method is one of the most important text for trumpet in our history, and stands today along side the greatest works for brass of all time.
Vol 1 includes rudiments, a new teaching feature in ever study. Musiciahip is stressed while the pupil is developing tone, embouchure, breath support and constancey. 90 Progressive solos are included, no notes above a top space G.
Vol 2 systematically develops range and flexibility. Scales, intervals, chords, and exercises for fluency, transpositions, articulations, embellishments, and trilling in the upper register without recourse to the valves, preparing the student to play the most difficult compositions in trumpet and cornet literature.
Vol 3 contains all original etudes, concertos, solos, duets, trios, and quartettes.
Read below from Ernest’s foreword, and click to the left for samples, then grab an immediate PDF download above.
“In this Method the studies begin in the register of the instrument where there is very little tension required on the part of the student to produce the sounds. Gradually, higher and lower tones are added as endurance increases and tone quality improves. By practicing the studies and solos in the order and manner indicated, the student will cultivate a proper setting and will, at the same time, exercise and gradually strengthen the muscles used in playing the trumpet or cornet. T his development requires patience and perseverance. In this Volume, ample opportunity is given the student to overcome many difficulties and to improve his musicianship, while attaining good tone quality, technic and endurance. The psychological and pedagogical aspects are given much consideration. The material as presented, is designed to promote Music Education and to develop musicianship while scientifically cultivating the technique. Thus equipped, the performer then expresses himself as a musician through the vehicle of the trumpet or cornet.”
~ Ernest S. Williams