Essential Books for Trumpeters

Here are a few of what I believe to be absolutely essential books for trumpeters. Excellent gifts for the trumpeter on your gift list.

Want to learn more about the best ways to practice? Get an e-mail with a discount code when The Practice of Practice by Jonathan Harnum is published (June, 2014). To learn more about the book, check out a sample from The Practice of Practice.

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Sound the Trumpet: How to Blow Your Own Horn, by Jonathan Harnum. I feel weird putting my own book first on this list, but it’s only because it’s the best source of great information out there for beginning to intermediate trumpeters, and I’m not just blowing my own horn. Read the reviews. There’s no other book out there like it, which is why it was necessary to write it. There is a ton of information in this book that you won’t find in any other book for the price.

It’s like a manual for playing the trumpet and includes chapters on mutes, cleaning the horn, recommended listening lists, sound effects on the horn, practice advice and a bunch of other stuff.

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Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet, by JB Arban. Often called the trumpet player’s bible, this doorstop of a book is filled with exercises every serious trumpet player has studied, and then some.

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Twenty-Seven Groups of Exercises, by Earl D. Irons. Another gold standard method book for trumpeters. This one contains lots of lip-slur exercises that are essential to flexibility. For more advanced players, check out Advanced Lip Flexibilities for Trumpet, by Charles Colin.

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Music Company
  • Language: English

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Technical Studies for the Cornet, by Herbert L. Clarke. Don’t let the title fool you: Cornet and trumpet require the same kind of exercises and only someone with a good ear can tell the difference between the two instruments (the cornet, a conical bore instrument like French horn, sounds mellower). This is another absolutely essential book, full of excellent exercises in all keys, ranging from easy to quite challenging.

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Want to learn more about the best ways to practice? Get an e-mail with a discount code when The Practice of Practice by Jonathan Harnum is published (June, 2014). To learn more about the book, check out a sample from The Practice of Practice.

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