After being lost for 85 years, it is with great pleasure that we release this wonderful 10-week correspondence course by Del Staigers. As one of the finest cornet soloists of the 20th century, having this extremely rare work re-engraved and made available to trumpeters for the first time in nearly a century is an honour and a privilege.
This book comes from a time long before the internet, and well before you could readily find a trumpet teacher in a rural area of considerable talent or professional success. This correspondence course would come one lesson at a time in the mail from Del Staigers himself to give a type of personal instructions to people unable to find a suitable teacher. Because these lessons were set separately, there is only one known complete set of them in the entire world. I feel very privileged to have a chance to go through them, and this complete re-engraving was done with the utmost care to preserve its contents.
In all cases the original wording and emphasis has been kept from the original. In sections where Mr. Staigers mentions the “Arban-Staigers Method,” the page and example numbers are identical to the Goldman-Arban edition and can be used interchangeably. I have included in this edition the first page of the Staigers “Carnival of Venice” as well, since it is referenced multiple times throughout his discussion on virtuosity and rhythmic accuracy.
In the samples I am giving away the first lesson. It is the shortest and the most simple, but it will give you an idea of the layout of the book. Each lesson starts with detailed written instructions. These are followed with the musical examples, studies, or exercises. The musical content is followed by a check-up list, which contains a series of questions for you to ask yourself about how you are progressing. These questions mimic what you would get from a teacher as you play.
This work is a stunning example of the thought process of the 20th century’s most successful and famous cornet soloist. Reading his directions and taking them to heart is a wonderful exercise in learning from the masters of our recent past.