Trumpet Method Books by Eddie Lewis

Mr. Lewis has been writing trumpet method books since the late 1980’s. They are listed here in the order that they were released, with the most recent books at the top of the page.

Mr. Lewis has written many different types of trumpet books. Some of these are trumpet scale books. Some are trumpet exercise books. There is a book of trumpet solos. We even have trumpet etude books and other types of trumpet music, like trumpet duets.

You can purchase most of these books at Sheet Music Plus, Tiger Music, Lulu.com or Amazon.com.

One Range: A Trumpet Chops Strategy Guide

One Range - A Trumpet Chops Strategy Guide

One Range

A Trumpet Chops Strategy Guide

One Range is a trumpet chops theory book that is designed to help you get the most musical benefit from your physical practice. It draws from traditional trumpet wisdom and pedagogy without being harnessed to dogma. One Range is a plan that, if you follow it correctly, will help you increase your range, increase your endurance and improve your sound in ways that will not compromise the musical abilities you already poses on the instrument.

The book has no musical exercises in it. You can use the One Range approach with all the same exercises you are already practicing. Or, you could use it with my other routine books.

One Range is the encapsulation of thirty years of trumpet chops experience. I have had a successful career as a professional trumpet player and teacher. This book takes what I know about trumpet embouchure building and presents it in a format that is relatively easy to digest.

Trumpet Scales: Band Scale Expansion Studies

Trumpet Scales: Band Scale Expansion Studies

Trumpet Scales

Band Scale Expansion Studies

For Trumpet

Practicing scales is important and your band directors know it. That’s why they assign scales to their students. That’s also why they sometimes have scale tests and even use scales in auditions for band chairs. Some states even use the traditional band scales as audition material for their All-State bands.

If you are a serious trumpet student, you want to master your scales. Many times in history, more deserving students have been passed up for higher chairs just because someone beneath them practiced their scales better. Don’t be that guy!

The Band Scale Expansion Studies are designed for students who want to be able to play their band scales perfectly almost every time. It’s not for the overly cocky students who think they already have the scales mastered. It’s for those who know that mastery takes a time investment but pays off in dividends.

These scale exercises are powerful. But with great power comes great responsibility (as the famous saying goes). Practice the exercises correctly and you will transform your mind in a way that makes the scales, in every key, as easy as the key of C. Practice them wrong and you will make a bigger mess of it.

Monster Music Journal

Monster Music Journal

MONSTER-INFESTED SPACES

The MONSTER MUSIC JOURNAL is a wildly imaginative, monster-infested space. And that space was created for YOU so you can fill it with music compositions, transcriptions of your favorite songs, music theory exercises, and other monstrous things. There are monsters everywhere – literally! Just when you were convinced that monsters lived only in closets, the game changed. The monsters relocated – to the MONSTER MUSIC JOURNAL.

BIG, BIGGER, BIGGEST MONSTERS

The MONSTER MUSIC JOURNAL is a musical playground for your pencil. The generously spaced staff lines make writing musical notes easy for beginners. But you don’t have to be a beginner to appreciate the spaciousness. If you like to live life BIG, then this book will fit right into your way of doing things. Let’s be honest: who doesn’t like to live life big? And if you are one of those people who has a lot to say, you are in luck. There is plenty of boxed-off writing space for non-musical notes, so you can include song lyrics, love letters, homework assignments, thoughts, poems, or questions to ask your teacher. Hey, there is even space for you to doodle your own family of monsters.

Trumpet Chops Pro

Trumpet Chops Pro Book

Trumpet Chops Pro

Many trumpet players struggle with chop problems. It’s demoralizing when you know you are a great trumpet player, but your limitations in endurance and range exclude you from crucial opportunities. The question is, how do you develop range and endurance without putting all your eggs in the high note basket? Most great trumpet players with limited chops deplore the idea of practicing high note methods! They want to be able to grow their range and endurance in a way that will not sacrifice their current strengths. Even better, what about a practice routine that will give them a better range but also improve their other strengths as well?

There are dozens of practice routines available to the modern trumpet player with new ones being added at a dizzying rate. Some of us already know what works for our specific needs while others seem to be swimming aimlessly through a sea of exercises and confusing information.  Amid so many options, the Trumpet Chops series stands out as being not only physically but also musically beneficial.

Yes, Trumpet Chops Pro will help you with your range and endurance. But Trumpet Chops Pro is so much more than a strength, range or endurance builder. We believe that all physical work should be done for musical reasons. This routine is designed to help you become a better musician, not a screamer. All the exercises work toward a musical objective, not by pushing you beyond your limitations (as some think you should), but by enhancing and expanding your abilities from within their musical foundations. The concept is to grow your musicianship to meet your physical needs.  When you build your strength this way, the results are always stylistically relevant and musical. Most trumpet practice routines cannot make this claim.

Color the Trumpet Carols

Color The Trumpet Carols

Color the Trumpet Carols

Eddie Lewis and his wife, Pearl, have teamed up on a collaborative project. Together they designed a coloring book to color while listening to Eddie’s Unadorned Trumpet Carols album. The coloring book contains illustrations representing scenes from the Christmas story along with scripture references, quotes from carols, and a list of carols which are relevant to that particular scene.

At Tiger Music, we sell two different combos which include this coloring book and the CD. One is just the book and CD together, and the other has the book, CD, color pencils and Christmas cards for you to color and share with family or friends. The gift packs make a wonder Christmas present.

The Calling

The Calling Promo Shot

The Calling

Eddie Lewis has been composing unaccompanied trumpet solos since the early 90’s. The Calling brings most of them into one collection in book form. There are thirty-four solos in the collection that can be used as performance works or as etudes for your trumpet lessons. The styles of the pieces range from traditional classical to very modern. There are even a number of swing pieces to change it up a bit.

Some of the unaccompanied solos in The Calling have been recorded and you can listen to them on Youtube: We Shall See, Lion-Hearted, Mighty Heart, Creating Kindness, Sacred Trinity, and Divine Strength.

Trumpet Switchbacks

Trumpet Switchbacks by Eddie Lewis

Trumpet Switchbacks

Mr. Lewis warns that this is not a lip slur method. Trumpet Switchbacks is a comprehensive compendium of his entire lip slur idea. He invented these lip slurs in the late 80’s but never published them in their entirety, until now. To use the book, simply choose the lip slurs that most appropriately fit your needs.

Trumpet Switchbacks includes 108 melodic lip slur exercises ranging in skill level from absolute beginner to virtuoso. When Mr. Lewis first invented his original lip slurs, his colleagues scoffed and said, “You can’t write new lip slurs! Every good lip slur has already been written.” Then he showed them the exercises that later became Trumpet Switchbacks and they said, “Oh!”.

Chops Express

Chops Express

Chops Express

In the late 80’s, Eddie Lewis designed a physical approach to practicing trumpet that serves as the basis for his warmup routines. Chops Express is the second book of those routines published so far. It contains routines for seven different levels of trumpet player, ranging from absolute beginner to virtuoso.

The main difference between this book and his more popular Daily Routines book is that the routines in Chops Express can be completed in under fifteen minutes. In terms of musical and physical benefit, the two books function the same way.

Chops Express also includes certain tweaks Eddie developed as a result of using the Daily Routines with his students over the years. While Daily Routines continues to work great for trumpet players all over the world, the exercises in Chops Express are just a little bit better.

All-State Prep for Trumpet

All-State Prep for Trumpet

All-State Prep for Trumpet

The concept for All-State Prep for Trumpet is to give ambitious high school students everything they need to work on from the time they finish solo and ensemble contest until the following year’s all-state music is announced. The idea is to master certain skills before you even see the music, that way you get ahead of the music.

If you want the All-State music to be easier and take less time to practice, and if you want to be more competitive, then All-State Prep has just about everything you need. The first half of the book includes short etudes that focus on very specific skills. The second half of the book contains 240 scale exercises, 20 in each key.

Trumpet Scales: Total Tonalization

Trumpet Scales: Total Tonalization

Trumpet Scales
Total Tonalization

Eddie Lewis wrote the Total Tonalization book to entice his students into practicing their scales. He presented it as a competition to all of his high school students. The first one to pass off all 240 exercises in their lessons was the winner.

It worked! His students learned their scales that year and Total Tonalization is one of the best ways to do that. Regular scales are nothing more than a skeleton of the key. Total Tonalization utilizes the basic building blocks in music in a way that greatly increases the students’ familiarity with the key.

Celebrations – 101 Duets for Trumpet

Celebrations

Celebrations
101 Original Duets for Trumpet

Like many of Mr. Lewis’ books, Celebrations covers every skill level on the trumpet. The first duets in the book are easy enough for most beginners. The duets at the end of the book are difficult enough to give the most seasoned professionals a run for their money.

Duets are not only a very important part of your studies as a trumpet player, but they are also fun. Many teachers like to use duet books to practice sight reading with their students. Celebrations is the perfect sight reading tool because of its progressive setup.

Twelve Tunes for Linear Diatonic Improvisation

Twelve Tunes

Twelve Tunes
For Linear Diatonic Improvisation

Twelve Tunes is a jazz play-along for advanced musicians who just happen to be beginning improvisers. The way Eddie Lewis teaches jazz, the firs step is to start improvising immediately. Yes, he teaches all the same theory and skills that other teachers teach, but in Eddie’s lessons, those things are not prerequisites.

Twelve Tunes is a way for skilled musicians to jump into the proverbial improvisation pool and get started now. Each tune is composed in a way that allows the improviser to explore the key instead of the chords. It is a horizontal approach as opposed to a vertical one. Horizontal improvisation is easier. That’s why he uses it as the first step.

Trane for Trumpet

Trane for Trumpet

Trane for Trumpet

While Trane for Trumpet is not one of Eddie Lewis’ best selling books, for trumpet players wanting to learn how to improvise on John Coltrane’s tune, Giant Steps, there is no other source to match it. For improvisers it is an advanced book because Giant Steps is a very advanced tune to improvise on. However, Trane for Trumpet also works very well as a stand along technique book for those who don’t wish to learn how to improvise.

Trane for Trumpet is a book of over seventy exercises and jazz etudes setup in a progressive order, gradually moving from symmetric exercises to melodic etudes.

Twenty Studies for Trumpet

Twenty Studies for Trumpet

Twenty Studies for Trumpet

Twenty Studies is a book of Eddie Lewis’ first etudes. It was quite popular online when he first published it, but hasn’t seen the kinds of success it did twenty years ago.

Twenty Studies started off as a way for Lewis to practice certain aspects of some of the orchestral excerpts. As a student, he was having difficulty with certain aspects of the excerpts. As a way to deal with those aspects, he composed etudes that were based on the original excerpts, but where that one troublesome aspect was emphasized. For example, on the Petrushka excerpt he was struggling with breathing, so he wrote an etude that offers no place to breathe. This helped him become more comfortable with the breathing on the original excerpt.

Go With the Flow – Flow Studies for Trumpet

Go With the Flow

Go With the Flow

Go With the Flow is a book of original flow study etudes. Flow studies are etudes or exercises that move primarily in step-wise motion. They are typically slurred.

A good way to describe flow studies is to say that they are “moving long tones”. In respects to air, embouchure and most other physical aspects of trumpet playing, we play them the same way we would play long tones. But while the air is moving like a long tone, our fingers are changing notes.

The etudes on Go With the Flow are designed to be used with Daily Routines and Chops Express. There are three etudes for each of the seven levels in those two books.

Daily Routines for Trumpet

Daily Routines

Daily Routines

Daily Routines is our best selling book! It has seven separate routines designed for seven different skill levels of trumpet player. The first level, titled “Group One” in the book, is easy enough for absolute beginners, with a range up to C in the staff. The seventh level, titled “Group Seven” in the book, is difficult enough to meet the needs of most professional trumpet players.

The routines in the Daily Routines book are each based on the structure of Eddie Lewis’ first book titled The Physical Trumpet Pyramid. That structure dictates which order the exercises are supposed to be done in each day. There are other benefits built into the method as well, but that is the most important.

ISBN: 1365732649

The Physical Trumpet Pyramid

The Physical Trumpet Pyramid

The Physical Trumpet Pyramid

The Physical Trumpet Pyramid is Eddie Lewis’ first book. The concept was designed in the mid 1980’s and the first version of the book was published just a few years later.

We often refer to The Physical Trumpet Pyramid as the teacher’s manual. It is not necessary to have and/or read The Physical Trumpet Pyramid before you can benefit from the Daily Routines or Chops Express books. Both of those books work whether you understand why or not. But if you want to understand the concepts and stories behind the success of the Daily Routines and Chops Express, then you will want to read The Physical Trumpet Pyramid.