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Arban Complete Method for Tuba

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The Arban Complete Method for Tuba is a highly acclaimed publication and is considered the ultimate resource for tubists. With its extensive use in universities and conservatories, it holds a central place in every tubist's library worldwide. Notably, it holds the distinction of being the best-selling tuba book across the globe.


Comprising a substantial 334 pages, this comprehensive book encompasses all the original content from Arban's renowned Trumpet Method. In addition, it features extensive textual contributions by Dr. Jerry Young, Professor Emeritus at The University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.


The newly released Fourth Edition offers several notable enhancements, including updated content within the book itself. Moreover, it is printed on archival quality paper, ensuring durability and longevity. The inclusion of recycled materials also aligns with ecological considerations. Furthermore, the strong full-spiral coil binding on the U.S edition allows the book to sit flat on music stands, facilitating easy reference during practice and performance.


For tubists of all levels, The Arban Complete Method for Tuba is an indispensable resource that should not be overlooked. Its comprehensive nature and wealth of information make it an essential companion for tuba players seeking to develop and refine their skills.

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  • 5
    Fantastic Book

    Posted by Aidan Gomez on 8th Feb 2023

    I’m a high school sophomore, and I’m already pretty advanced in tuba for my age. But in my lessons and personal studies, this book has improved my playing in more ways than one. If there’s any question or doubt on your abilities, just open this book and it will solve your problems.

  • 5
    I think I ordered a modern replacement copy Months ago. Please check backlog and advise. Purnal “ Judge” McWhorter

    Posted by Judge McWhorter on 6th Aug 2020

    At an is wonderful . I have gotten 3 others to order.

  • 5

    Posted by Sandralis Rivera on 31st May 2020

    Excellent service, and the best book for study.

  • 4
    Arban complete method for tuba 4th ed.

    Posted by earl pitman on 27th Nov 2019

    Spiral binding is wonderful for page turning and lying flat. Not all the section first pages consistently show Roman numerals as per the table of contents.

  • 5
    Arbans compared

    Posted by Unknown on 7th Nov 2019

    This review compares the Encore Arban tuba book with the Carl Fisher Arban tuba book. Since I have not seen a comparison review and because I own both books, I will offer the info. The big differences in these books are the text and the binding. The text is better in the Encore version (my opinion), but the Fisher version is still of some value. The big difference (and this is very important) is that the Encore version is spiral bound. Without spiral binding, a 300+ page book will not stay open on your music stand and therefore is useless. The short answer is simply to purchase the Encore (Young) Arban Method to avoid huge frustration. More details: It seems that the music is the same in both books. I did not check every page, but I am pretty sure they are the same. The text is completely different in these two versions. The Fisher book has some funny errors such as using the word “trumpet” instead of “tuba”. This makes me think that all of the text may not really be written for tuba but simply taken from an old trumpet Arban. The text is not bad, it is just not as complete and focused on the tuba as the text by Dr. Young in the Encore version. As I said above, the binding is a huge issue. A book like the Fisher Arban would be good at a library as it sits flat on the SHELF. But, on a music stand it is USELESS. As soon as I open it up to practice it quickly slams shut! USELESS. So, I give five stars to this Encore version of Arban. I do not know how to rate the Fisher book fairly because of the binding issues.

  • 5
    Looks great!!!

    Posted by Mitchell Boles on 5th Mar 2018

    Book looks great, nice bindings to it and affordable price point.

  • 5
    Really good book

    Posted by Unknown on 11th Jan 2017

    i truly agree on the arban complete method it is a great has great exercises to build up your sound and technique.

  • 5
    One of the necessary texts

    Posted by Daniel on 17th Dec 2015

    This is one of the compulsory texts for tuba! Along with the Blazhevich and Bordogni (spelling) for etudes. But the arbans is better. spiral bound, it has everything! Etudes, scales, great info about breathing and playing. The authors have really improved upon the trumpet Arbans.

  • 5

    Posted by Sean Baker on 27th Jul 2014

    This book is amazing. Defiantly worth every penny. Should be the core of every tuba player's library