If you’re not a beginner, or want to cherry-pick certain lessons (range, endurance, lip slurs, how to clean your horn, etc.), choose one of the three books above. This way you don’t have to pay the full price for material you already know!
Pages shown below are from books 1, 2, and 3. Click through to see what’s in each book. All three books are contained in Sound the Trumpet: How to Blow Your Own Horn (4th ed.) seen below.
Essential private lessons for pennies!
“Every new trumpet should be sold with this book.”
The book has been completely overhauled, updated with new content, way better graphics and a cleaner design. But the big update is the accompanying web site with free video lessons and lots of extra content. Check it out at www.AllAboutTrumpet.com
Packed with information no trumpet player should be without. The style is always friendly and often funny. Its 25 lessons are short, well-paced and enjoyable. It’s like having your own private teacher for a fraction of the cost of lessons.
Take advantage of the Bonus Material, including video lessons, recordings and lots of online content.
The book has 236 pages divided into 4 sections and 25 lessons, each of which is packed with information, from basic to advanced skills. Read the overview chapter and see the table of contents and the rest of the supporting material here.
Whether you’re new to the world of trumpet or an experienced player who needs to bone up on your rusty skills, or whether you need a fun way to teach trumpet, you’ll find this book valuable. Music educators have found this book to be very helpful in their college methods classes and as a practicing teacher.
“This book will be useful to both the beginner and the more experienced player, is an excellent value, and I give it my highest recommendation,
but do so wish that it had been in print 30 years ago!
Here are a few pages from the new edition (note that the forthcoming eBook will be in color, but the print book is in black and white to keep costs down)
From Lesson 1 – Build the Buzz: The Secrets to Getting a Great Sound (buy)
From Lesson 5 – Play Higher with Proper Tongue Use (buy)
From Lesson 8 – War and Worship: A Brief Trumpet History (buy)
This book is the most thorough treatment of the various aspects of trumpet playing that I have seen. Very informative and helpful. Even my current teacher, who has played with the Metropolitan Opera (NYC), was impressed.
From Lesson 10 – Tune Like a Pro: Learn How to Make the Horn Play In Tune (buy)
From Lesson 11 – Simple Songs: Great Melodies to Improve Your Reading Skills (buy)
From Lesson 12 – Master the Lip Slur: Improve Your Flexibility (buy)
This book is not only enjoyable and info-packed it will remain in my music library as a great reference book. I have been buying a lot of trumpet books lately and, thanks to Amazon reviews, have been very fortunate in my selections.
This one,though, is a standout. One of the threads through a number of the books I have read is that,as in this book, the writer really projects a love for the instrument.