Designed To Develop Chord Consciousness And Additional Experience
Covers Fundamental Rhythms, Key Signatures And Articulations
Includes Interesting And Melodic Studies
Use For Supplement Or Beginning Method Book
This First Book of Practical Studies is designed to develop chord consciousness and to provide additional experience in the fundamental rhythms, key signatures and articulations and to improve accuracy in reading through the use of interesting and melodic studies. It may be used either to supplement or to follow any beginning method book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I started playing trumpet again after a 30 year break and needed a book to refresh my memory on how to play and to practice from. This book was not what I anticipated but I am happy I purchased it. My expectation was that the book would have information to refresh my music reading skills but there is none of that in this book. What is in the book are page after page of etudes to practice that get more challenging you as you progress through the book. Although this is not what I expected it is what I needed and am enjoying practicing and learning from the book. Unless I find something I like better I will continue on with this series. I also purchased "All About Trumpet" by Jonathan Harnum which fills the void that this book does not give me and is a great compliment. "All About Trumpet" is an also excellent book that gives great information on everything you need to know about playing the trumpet.
Update 4/19/16: I have been playing from this...
I think this is a great book for a trumpet student, but when I took the plunge and bought it for our second-year trumpet student, it was based mostly on reviews here. Frankly, they did not give me an accurate idea what to expect. So here's my version.
This is a collection of "etudes" -- little melodies that sound much more interesting than a simple series of technical exercises that one might find in a "method" book. And they are graded, or scaled, starting with easier ones on the first pages, and getting gradually harder as you move through the book.
As others have noted, the music is very melodic and pleasant to play or hear. This is kind of like having the "spoonful of sugar" to go with the "medicine" that a piece imposes by making the student work on new techniques or skills.
I was confused by reviews that lumped this book in with the massive Arban method book or others like that. Many such books focus on techniques and repetitive drills, which...
as Amazon can verify, I bought a WHOLE bunch of trumpet books all at once.
For me, this really hit a sweet spot. I am relearning the trumpet after an extended absence.
I will give the ideal profile for someone to buy this. Say you have reconquered say the territory from low b flat to middle c (the one on the from the top space in treble clef) and are having a little trouble going to higher notes but want something to improve your chops while your lips redevelop. The first 17 or so etudes have as the highest note that middle C. It's perfect for me.
Unlike other "Studies" or "etudes" books the studies have a GRADUAL progression in difficulty so you can be working on say 7 or so on your daily practice and when you are satisifed on the least difficult one - then drop that one and pick up a more difficult one. I am real happy on how I have progressed the last month or so and this book has a lot ot do with it. Each etude is about 24 to 30 measures long and...
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