Many trumpeters go to a music store and thumb through books on shelves hoping to find something cool and interesting. This is one of those instances for me. Sometime between 2005 and 2007 I came across a trumpet method book by Sandro Verzari using this very strategy of discovery. The “Exercises on the emission of fundamental and harmonic tones of the trumpet”, (which happens to be the true title of this book) is a great book for those of us who find benefit in playing pedal tones. With more than 50 exercises, there’s plenty of variety to work with in this method book.
I grew up playing fundamental tones (pedal tones) out of James Stamp’s book “Warm-Ups and Studies”, so really appreciate having another good book to use. I totally recommend checking out Verzari’s book if you are looking for some more material to help lend some variety to your daily practice. And, if you don’t have a copy of James Stamp’s book, you should check that out too.
One response to “Trumpet Method Book Review: Verzari”
Yes, the VERZARI methods are quite good and used for varied development of all trumpet playing skills. Verzari was quite an accomplished solo trumpeter as well. Prior to his popular books for trumpet, especially in Italy, his precurson (an equal to Arban as far as trumpet pedagogy) was Domenico Gatti. Gatti’s method was/is published by Carl Fischer Inc. under the title of, “World’s Method for Trumpet.”
Lino P. Varano