Arban – Famous Method for Trombone – PDF + Audios Online

The best known and most used Arban method (link to Amazon) is probably the trumpet method, but in this case, we have a fully adapted version for the trombone. We can say that the content is exactly the same as the trumpet, but adapted as follows:

  • It is written entirely in the Bass Clef.
  • All the exercises are lowered one tone with respect to the trumpet one (a ninth if we are strict), since the trumpet Arban is specially designed for trumpet in Bb, while this one is designed for trombone, where scores are read in C).
Arban´s - Famous Method for Trombone

Content of the Arban´s method

In this method, we can find exercises of almost any technical facet that a trombone student needs to know, and although now we will see in more detail what types of exercises it contains, we can say that it covers a great variety of them (flexibility, technique, scales, studies, etc.). etc…)

Although the Arban method starts with simple exercises, it cannot be considered the best method to get started in the world of the trombone, since it does not contain a large selection of beginner exercises and, in addition, it quickly increases in difficulty, so it can be difficult. something complex. However, as soon as you have a basic level and register (at least up to a Sun on the pentagram) you can start studying it without any problem.

On the other hand, it is a method organized by type of exercises, so it should not be studied in order from start to finish. Within each type of exercise, they are ordered by difficulty, but it is possible that page 100 has simpler exercises than page 50. Therefore, it is necessary to be clear about what you want to study at each moment and in this way, look for the most suitable exercise.

Going into detail, it can be said that the Arban method is made up of two parts:

  • A more technical first part, made up of individual exercises where one or another technical facet of the instrument is practiced. In it you can find exercises of the following types:
    • Studies first: this is the simplest part of the method, where you start with long note exercises and get more complicated until you reach eighth notes and sixteenth notes. In addition, syncopation and 6×8 exercises are included.
    • The second part focuses on tied note exercises, where the note is changed by means of pistons or by means of flexibility.
    • The entire third part focuses on major, minor, and chromatic scales in all keys.
    • In the fourth part you will be able to rehearse everything related to musical decorations (grupettos, appoggiaturas, mordentes, etc…)
    • The fifth part, called advanced studies, covers different topics: such as intervals, triplets, fusas or cadences.
    • Finally, a part is included to practice double and triple chopped.
  • A second, more musical part, made up of different songs, duets, works and characteristic studies to put into practice everything learned in a more interpretive context. Basically 4 types of exercises are included here:
    • The Art of Phrasing, containing 150 melodies.
    • 68 duets for two trombones.
    • 14 characteristic studies, of a much higher complexity.
    • 12 fantasies that includes the famous “Carnival of Venice”

Organization of exercises by difficulty

The Arban method is so voluminous that we can find exercises from a basic level (although not initiation), up to exercises typical of virtuoso trombonists. In other words, it is a method that will accompany you, practically, throughout your life as a trombonist, and if you are able to finish it, it means that you will have become a great virtuoso of the instrument.

Organizing the more than 500 exercises of this method is extremely complex, so we have had to use different sources to try to group each type of exercise in the course that is usually taught, and thus be able to offer you the best possible information. But if you see that any of them should be in another level, do not hesitate to let us know so that we can correct it.

On the other hand, we are working to create a routine that allows us to study the Arban not as the original (by type of exercise), but by exercise difficulty.

We hope to have it soon!

First Studies (Pag. 11 - 22)
Ex. 1 - 50 (Pag. 11 - 22) Nivel_1
Syncopation (Pag. 23 - 25)
Ex. 1 - 12 (Pag. 23 - 25) Nivel_1
Eight and sixteenth notes (Pag. 16 - 31)
6x8 meter (Pag. 32 - 36)
Ex. 13 - 38 (Pag. 26 - 36) Nivel_2
Ex. 1 - 30 (Pag. 39 - 47) Nivel_2
Ex. 31 - 69 (Pag. 48 - 56) Nivel_3
SCALES (PAG. 59 - 86)
Major Scales (Pag. 59 - 74)
Ex. 1 - 41 (Pag. 59 - 67) Nivel_2
Ex. 42 - 69 (Pag. 68 - 74) Nivel_3
Minor Scales (Pag. 75)
Ex. 70 - 78 (Pag. 75) Nivel_3
Chromatic Scales (Pag. 76 - 86)
Ex. 1 - 31 (Pag. 76 - 86) Nivel_2
ORNAMENTS (PAG. 91 - 122)
Grupetto (Pag. 91 - 103)
Double Appoggiatura (Pag. 104 - 106)
Simple Appoggiatura (Pag. 106 - 107)
Short Appoggiatura (Pag. 108 - 109)
Portamento (Pag. 110 - 111)
Trill (shake) (Pag. 111 - 119)
Ex. 1 - 88 (Pag. 91 - 122) Nivel_3
Intervals (Pag. 125 - 130)
Ex. 1 (Pag. 125) Nivel_2
Ex. 2 - 4 (Pag. 126 - 128) Nivel_3
Ex. 5 - 7 (Pag. 129 - 130) Nivel_4
Octaves and tenths (Pag. 131)
Ex. 8 - 12 (Pag. 131) Nivel_4
Triplets (Pag. 132 - 136)
Sixteenth notes (Pag. 137 - 141)
Ex. 13 - 47 (Pag. 132 - 141) Nivel_3
Major and minor chords (Pag. 142 - 146)
Dominant seventh (Pag. 147 - 148)
Diminished seventh (Pag. 149 - 151)
Cadenza (Pag. 152)
Ex. 48 - 62 (Pag. 142 - 152) Nivel_4
TONGUING (PAG. 155 - 190)
Triple tonguing (Pag. 155 - 174)
Ex. 1 - 17 (Pag. 155 - 159) Nivel_2
Ex. 12 - 62 (Pag. 158 - 169) Nivel_3
Ex. 63 - 76 (Pag. 170 - 174) Nivel_4
Double tonguing (Pag. 175 - 182)
Ex. 77 - 99 (Pag. 175 - 179) Nivel_2
Ex. 87 - 114 (Pag. 177 - 182) Nivel_3
Slur and double tonguing (Pag. 183 - 187)
Ex. 115 - 122 (Pag. 183 - 184) Nivel_3
Ex. 123 - 134 (Pag. 185 - 187) Nivel_4
Tonguing applied trumpet (Pag. 188 - 190)
Ex. 135 - 145 (Pag. 188 - 190) Nivel_4

Shortcomings of the Arban´s method

Although the Arban method is, as we have already said, very, very complete, it can also be said that there are certain aspects that it does not cover, for which it would be necessary to focus on other methods that go deeper. For example:

  • It doesn’t make any special mention about the initial heating, so you have to resort, for example, to the Stamp method or similar.
  • It is not a suitable method if we want to rehearse a high or very high register.
  • Likewise, it is also not suitable for the study of pedal notes.
  • Finally, we must bear in mind that it is a book that dates back to 1859, so no type of study of modern music, jazz or improvisation can be expected.

Performance of the Arban´s method

Here are some examples of the performance of this method to give you an idea of ​​how it sounds and how difficult it is.

First part (technical)

Second part (songs, duets, fantasies...)

The Carnival of Venice for trombone

Get the Arban´s method for trombone

Arban´s method for trombone with online audios

We have the first part of this method perfectly integrated into our “Clave de Mi” player, and you will have the exercises organized by categories and subcategories, so that you can quickly go to practice the exercise you need.

Remember that in this version for trombone, you will find the Arban method in the key of F and with scores in C. To use other versions, you can visit:

Also remember that from our Clave de Mi player you can change each score at any time, being able to change the clef, the tuning of your instrument, or the tuning of the score, but in this way you will have the method directly adapted to what you need.

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The second part is still under construction, so it will be available in the future so that you can also enjoy it.

Buy Arban´s method for trombone

It is always highly recommended to have the methods and pieces in physical format (paper). In this way you will be able to create a great personal library, which will allow you one day to rediscover exercises that you had forgotten, lend your family and friends a book from your collection, or simply look at it and make you remember how hard (and at the same time exciting) was interpreting that work that you have overcome today.

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Arban's. Metodo completo per trombone (Didattica musicale)
Nueva edición actualizada de uno de los métodos de metales más populares del mundo. El Arban es uno de esos raros métodos instructivos que, aunque originalmente escritos para trompeta, son igualmente excelentes para todos los demás instrumentos de metal, como el trombón.
Arban Complete Method for Trombone and Euphonium
Este es el único Arban completo para trombón y bombardino. Nunca ha habido un Arban verdaderamente completo para trombón o bombardino hasta ahora. Las ediciones anteriores no incluían todos los estudios de Arban. Esta edición de referencia es completa tanto para trombón como para bombardino. Joseph Alessi (trombón principal de la Filarmónica de Nueva York) ha escrito todo el texto de trombón para esta edición. Su guía en la aplicación de las técnicas de Arban (trompeta) al trombón coloca a este libro en una clase por sí mismo. Dr. Brian Bowman escribió el texto para bombardino. Como maestro e intérprete virtuoso, el Dr. Bowman está excepcionalmente calificado para transferir las técnicas de Arban al bombardino. Esta edición de referencia no está encuadernada en espiral y es fácil de guardar en estanterías.

Arban´s method for Trombone in PDF

You also have the option to download the Arban method for trombone in PDF. This version is created for both trombone and euphonium, that is, written in Bass Clef and scores in C. If you want it to read in Bb (like the original Arban for trumpet, but in the Bass Clef, go for the euphonium version). The PDF will be identical, but in Clave de Mi player we have it adapted to Bb.

Remember that any misuse you may make of this method in digital format is not our responsibility.

The Carnival of Venice for trombone in PDF

One of the best known fantasies, especially due to the difficulty of its execution, is The Carnival of Venice.

For this reason, we wanted to dedicate a special section to it in case you simply want to download this wonderful work with piano accompaniment. If it is the first time that you face it, we recommend that you try it from the Player of Clave de Mi, lowering the tempo a lot, since there are extremely fast variations in its execution.

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