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The Arban Manual

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 11 customer ratings
(11 customer reviews)


The Arban Manual is a complete course that takes you through the Arban Method.  You will need The Arban Method to use this course.


Available in the following formats:

  • PDF & ePub Edition - Digital Download
  • Print Edition - Shipped


Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet and Arban’s Famous Method for Trombone have been two of the most widely used brass books for over 100 years. The Arban Manual is simply a guide in how to practice Arban. The Arban Manual will take you step by step through the entire Arban method. The Arban Manual is not a technique book and the practice advice should work well with most brass methodology. You will need The Arban Method to use this course.

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11 reviews for The Arban Manual

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Hickman

    Your organization of the Arban exercises is excellent and covers many playing difficulties in a logical and efficient manner.

    David Hickman (Arizona State University, Noted soloist and clinician)

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Manny Laureano

    Eric has in no way asked me to do this but I want to make you aware of a terrific thing that he has done for teachers and performers looking to get back in shape.

    He has organized lessons to be given through the Arban book on a week to week basis that is really fun to look at and check out.

    One would need to have a certain amount of ones trumpet act together first but it’s a well designed, imagination spurring work that deserves a big bravo. I have much respect for folks who go to a lot of work to organize things like this. Go check out his website.

    Great job, Eric.

    Manny Laureano (Principal trumpet, Minnesota Symphony Orchestra)

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Gabriel Pocius Dorismond

    Now Eric has come out with THE ARBAN MANUAL: a wonderful book that gives you a reasonable plan for working through the ENTIRE Arban’s book!

    It’s well paced, well-thought-out, nicely organized, and another great reference to have on your studio shelf–even better on your music stand! (and those of your students)…

    I’m already using both of these books with students and am looking forward to more of Eric’s work…

    Thanks, Eric!

    Jeanne Gabriel Pocius (Director of Elementary Bands, Beverly Public Schools Director, North East Multi Age Regional Bands Director, North Shore Brass Associates TPIN’s *Chop Doc* since 1993)

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eric Brewington (Upper Marlboro, MD)

    Your manual is the perfect road map for navigating the many pages of Arbans. It is perfect for anyone who wonders what to practice daily in order to improve. Now that I’ve gotten started on the Gordon method I really appreciate anything that is systematic and well laid out. This book is that and more.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jim Olcott

    It is really an excellent resource, Eric. Good work!

    Jim Olcott (Miami University, Oxford, Ohio Tripoli Press)

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Clint “Pops” McLaughlin

    Everybody tells you to get the Arban book but then what? Just where do you go in a book that big? It isn’t broken into weekly lessons? Nobody wants to play a dozen pages of long tones or intervals in a row. HELP!!!

    Now the mystery has been solved.

    Eric Bolvin went and made a road map of the worlds most famous trumpet method. He takes you step by step and helps you to cover things in a logical and timely manner. (Now why didn’t I think of this?)

    Thanks Eric this should be a great help to many players.

    Clint “Pops” McLaughlin (Trumpet teacher and author, Dallas TX)

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Larry Krutz (The Villages, FL)

    I’m a 66 old retiree that has recently started playing trumpet again after roughly a 40 year layoff. I started this project in May and enjoy it very much.

    I acquired several books (Arban, CG Systematic Approach, Clarkes Technical Studies etc), and just received my copy of your “Arban Book”. So today I start with lesson #1. Having a daily plan to adhere to is great.

    I know it will take some time to reacquire a sound and technical ability(especially tonguing), but so far progress is occuring.The Arban Book is a better process than the private lessons I took years ago.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kent Larabee (Silverdale, WA)

    Now on Lesson 5, I congratulate you on “The Arban Manual.”

    Your lesson course is superbly mapped, far superior to “The Arban-Prescott Method,” which I first started on 59 years ago.

    Thank you for giving my daily practice sessions such better direction!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Antonio Rapacciuolo (Cremona, Italy)

    I just received The Arban Manual, I’ve studied the “structure” of the lessons and they look very smart! I needed them for my students but I decided to go thru it myself.

    I’m studying with your book practically everyday for 3 hours on average! My endurance is something I couldn’t imagine before, not to mention the staccato and legato! Even my range benefited from it: My students are using it with great satisfaction and I struggle a lot less to find a routine for them.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5


    I’d just like to say thank you for producing your Arban Manual of lesson plans. I have just finished lesson 4, and the improvement in my playing is astounding. I am no longer afraid of top F and G on/above the stave, and don’t even break a sweat if I see an A above the stave! My tone has improved so much that my housemates have all commented, and my stamina is now getting me through 2 hours of band rehearsal without struggling after the break. I feel like my sight-reading is slowly getting better as well, and I am much more familiar with key-signatures after your insistence that we identify each key in the warm-up section. Thank you once again, as I wouldn’t have known where to start on my own with the Arban tome.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stan Little

    Thank you so much for the Arban manual! I have struggled for years with how to practice this book! Your manual has given me the perfect way to focus my studies from Arban’s!
    What a great help is this book!
    Thank you,

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