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  1. Arban's for amateurs?

    I am a 77 year old decent amateur player with a Yamaha 621s baritone. I play bass clef n 4 community bands but practice only about 15-20 minutes a day. I have many books but decided recently to look at Arban's, so I got Alessi and Bowman's book through the library. Since I'm not willing to spend $55 for their book, I've hunted around and found several options--Randall's book; Arban's Famous Method for Trombone; and Arban's Method for trombone and baritone (Gordon and Goldman, 1936). I'd appreciate any suggestions as to what is the closest to Alessi and Bowman but in the $20-30 range. Are there others I should consider? Thanks.

    Little Jimmy

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    Arban's Famous Method for Trombone is a good book, I have it. I also have the Bowman/Alessi commented Arban's which is spiral bound and a great book but over $50. The first one I mentioned is similar to the standard Arban's book, get that one if you don't want to cough up a little over $50.
    John Morgan
    The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) 1971-1976
    Adams E3 Custom Series Euphonium, Wessex EP-100 Dolce Euphonium, 1956 B&H Imperial Euphonium
    Adams TB1 Tenor Trombone, Yamaha YBL-822G Bass Trombone
    Wessex TE-360 Bombino Eb Tuba
    Rapid City New Horizons & Municipal Bands (Euphonium)
    Black Hills Symphony Orchestra (Bass Trombone), Powder River Symphony, Gillette, WY (Tenor Trombone)
    Black Hills Brass Quintet (Tuba)

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    NOTE: the first book listed above is 80 pages. The Bowman-Alessi book is 396 pages.

    https://www.amazon.com/9175-Complete.../dp/0800004019
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams E3, Denis Wick 4AL (classic)
    Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba
    Twitter: davewerden
    Facebook: davewerden
    YouTube: dwerden
    Owner of TubaEuph.com, DWerden.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by davewerden View Post
    NOTE: the first book listed above is 80 pages. The Bowman-Alessi book is 396 pages.

    https://www.amazon.com/9175-Complete.../dp/0800004019
    Which "first book listed above" are you referring to? My Arban's Famous Method for Trombone is 261 pages.
    John Morgan
    The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) 1971-1976
    Adams E3 Custom Series Euphonium, Wessex EP-100 Dolce Euphonium, 1956 B&H Imperial Euphonium
    Adams TB1 Tenor Trombone, Yamaha YBL-822G Bass Trombone
    Wessex TE-360 Bombino Eb Tuba
    Rapid City New Horizons & Municipal Bands (Euphonium)
    Black Hills Symphony Orchestra (Bass Trombone), Powder River Symphony, Gillette, WY (Tenor Trombone)
    Black Hills Brass Quintet (Tuba)

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    Quote Originally Posted by davewerden View Post
    NOTE: the first book listed above is 80 pages. The Bowman-Alessi book is 396 pages.

    https://www.amazon.com/9175-Complete.../dp/0800004019
    Which "first book listed above" are you referring to? My Arban's Famous Method for Trombone is 261 pages.
    John Morgan
    The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) 1971-1976
    Adams E3 Custom Series Euphonium, Wessex EP-100 Dolce Euphonium, 1956 B&H Imperial Euphonium
    Adams TB1 Tenor Trombone, Yamaha YBL-822G Bass Trombone
    Wessex TE-360 Bombino Eb Tuba
    Rapid City New Horizons & Municipal Bands (Euphonium)
    Black Hills Symphony Orchestra (Bass Trombone), Powder River Symphony, Gillette, WY (Tenor Trombone)
    Black Hills Brass Quintet (Tuba)

  7. As the extreme budget option, if you can read treble clef and don't mind reading off a screen or printing it yourself, the original Arban's is in the public domain and available on the IMSLP/Petrucci music library.

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    John, I followed the link to the one linked in 58mark's post. Amazon says it is 80 pages and weighs 8.8 ounces. That's as much as I know!
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams E3, Denis Wick 4AL (classic)
    Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba
    Twitter: davewerden
    Facebook: davewerden
    YouTube: dwerden
    Owner of TubaEuph.com, DWerden.com

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    Oh, okay. You're right about that book, the Arban-Prescott book is 80 pages. I think several were responding all at once and I thought you were referring to my post. Sorry.
    John Morgan
    The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) 1971-1976
    Adams E3 Custom Series Euphonium, Wessex EP-100 Dolce Euphonium, 1956 B&H Imperial Euphonium
    Adams TB1 Tenor Trombone, Yamaha YBL-822G Bass Trombone
    Wessex TE-360 Bombino Eb Tuba
    Rapid City New Horizons & Municipal Bands (Euphonium)
    Black Hills Symphony Orchestra (Bass Trombone), Powder River Symphony, Gillette, WY (Tenor Trombone)
    Black Hills Brass Quintet (Tuba)

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    The Prescott version is very good, it's all the essentials, and sounds perfect for what he is asking for

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