- Each lesson is a well rounded practice routine
- Progressive lessons for easy development
- Build a solid foundation and technique
- Unlock the mystery of Saint-Jacome
- Available in print and pdf
How To Use This Book
It is recommended that you stay on each lesson for at least one week. Many of the lessons are difficult and time consuming, so two weeks on each lesson is often needed. Saint-Jacome was originally intended as a complete method starting with the beginner. With the advances in trumpet pedagogy, Saint-Jacome really falls short as a book for the absolute beginner. With that in mind, you should have some degree of proficiency on the instrument before embarking on this method. Knowing all your fingerings, having a range to G above the staff, and knowledge of 16thnote rhythms is recommended before starting this method.
Trumpet pedagogy has grown by leaps and bounds since the Saint-Jacome was written in 1870. There are now entire books devoted to the art of warming up. If you have a particular warm up that you do, or are not getting enough of a warm up from Part 1 in a lesson, feel free to embellish as needed. Then continue with Part 1 of the lesson.
Models are different articulations, keys, rhythms or other embellishments that are applied to an exercise or study. All models are assigned in the lessons and should be practiced thoroughly. Claude Gordon loved the Saint-Jacome and said that if the entire book were written out it would five times its present size. After writing this manual, I think that estimate is on the low side.
The instructions for the models are not always clear, so I have tried to clarify this when needed.
Here is an excerpt from the introduction:
Saint-Jacome’s Grand Method for Trumpet or Cornet has, along with Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method, been a staple of trumpet practice and pedagogy since it’s inception in 1870. Most serious trumpet players are familiar with the duets of Saint-Jacome, which are considered to be some of the finest ever written and many have played the etudes. But when it comes to the remaining 300-plus pages of the Saint-Jacome, most trumpet players have not scratched the surface. While most trumpet players have spent a considerable amount of time working from the Arban, the Saint-Jacome collects dust sitting on the shelf.
Why has the Saint-Jacome taken a back seat to the Arban for over a century? The reason is quite simple: organization. The Arban is fairly well organized by type of exercise and study, while the Saint-Jacome is seemingly put together randomly. The fact that the book has never been edited properly doesn’t help either.
That brings us to the purpose of the Saint-Jacome Manual: To bring order to the chaos. To give the trumpet player a day-to-day plan for practicing from this great book. Each lesson is a balanced, complete practice routine that will take you progressively through the entire Saint-Jacome Grand Method. Good luck!