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This book is written with trumpet/cornet players in mind but is suitable for any brass instrument and for anybody from early high (senior) school to seasoned professionals. It is set in two volumes. Volume 1 is available here.


The author Matt Harper says: "My goal is to get away from over emphasizing on major chords and scales that is seen in countless other method books. Ultimately, I wanted more of a challenge from the method books I was playing out of in a way that was more conducive to practicing the music I saw in British style brass bands, but can still be useful to many aspects of orchestral, wind band, and chamber music.


Some of the exercises in this book include: 

  • Slurring straight up and down all in one rhythm, 
  • Unique studies to approach major, minor, and chromatic scales.
  • Using major, minor, augmented, and diminished arpeggios to help aid in speed and flexibility.
  • Gradually expanding intervals from minor seconds to octaves and even major tenths.
  • A detailed method on how to effectively and efficiently learn challenging passages.


To view a demonstration video please visit


Matt Harper is a freelance musician and private lesson instructor in the North Texas area. Matt was recently appointed to Principal Cornet in the Dallas Brass Band, he has also performed with several regional orchestras in the Dallas area as well as other groups such as the New World Symphony, Austin Opera, the Victoria Bach Festival. He was a participant at the Aspen Music Festival for two years and was a fellowship student in his final year. Matt received his B.M. from James Madison University and M.M. from The University of Texas at Austin.


This product is a PDF download.

Chromatic Agility Studies Vol. 2 (Digital) Matt Harper

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