This is the ONLY complete Arban for trombone. A big and beautiful book. Arban, Jean-Baptiste (Alessi & Bowman). Complete Method for Trombone & Euphonium (Alessi & Bowman). In this new edition, the comments of Messrs. Alessi. Arban’s fundamental method book for trombone and baritone revised by Charles Randall and Simone Mantia.
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I was introduced to Arban’s Famous Method Complete!
As is, or was, the case with thousands of other young players, Arban was the core trombkn my study. I remain grateful to Mr.
Arban, Jean-Baptiste (Alessi & Bowman) Complete Method for Trombone & Euphonium
Shenk for many things, but primarily for helping me build a base of technical skills at a young age that I can rely on to this day.
In my own teaching, I stress the importance of establishing that fundamental core of technique through daily routine practice in Arban’s, combined with other technical etudes and studies.
I have, of course, heard many fine teachers and players say “Oh, I never use Arban’s–it’s so unmusical. Arban can be played musically, and by the same token Kopprasch, Tyrell, Slama, et al can be played quite un-musically.
Obviously, Arban was not Schubert or Brahms do compare, however, No. Further, Arban contains those virtuoso theme and variations solos in the back of the book from which the highly regarded solos of Arthur Pryor, Gardell Simons and others are directly descended.
Obviously, I believe Arban’s to be a valuable treasure, arbwns not the crown jewel, in the literature of trombone pedagogy. Imagine, then, my delight in learning of a new, expanded edition of Arban with commentary by Brian Bowman and Joseph Alessi, two of the brightest stars in today’s low brass world. As much as I liked the old Arban’s, it was definitely in need of some work.
Arban Complete Method for Trombone and Euphonium: A Review
The commentary by Simone Mantia and Charles Randall, while often amusing and actually not always that far off the mark, is obviously quite out of date. Carl Fischer, the publisher, did try to update the book somewhat by the addition of commentary by Alan Raph, however Raph’s thoughts were merely added and did not supplant those of Mantia and Randall.
In this new edition, published by Encore Music, the comments of Messrs. Alessi and Bowman are presented unencumbered by pre-existing editorial material. Both of these gentlemen bring impeccable credentials to the task, and their comments provide wonderful insights into each of their individual approaches to musical and technical matters.
While arbahs book is worth the money for these alone, Encore has made a few other improvements as well. First of all, the format is very clean and readable.
Method For Trombone Complete
Arans of the well-known misprints and typographical errors of the Carl Fischer edition seem to have been corrected, and while there may be some new ones, I am not aware of them. In the Fischer edition, alternate positions were suggested quite indiscriminately.
Encore has included some materials which previously were available only in the trumpet book. These include the Duets fun!
Best of all, the book itself is spiral-bound so as to lay flat on the music stand, a most welcome innovation! Kudos to Encore Music Publishers, and to all those involved with this project.
While the concepts and exercises remain essentially unchanged, this new edition is long overdue. Special recognition is due to Mr. While the price is a little steep compared to the Carl Fischer edition which will still do the job, of coursethere are, in my view, some substantial improvements to format and readability, not to mention the commentary of Bowman and Alessi that combine to make it definitely worth the extra twelve or thirteen bucks.