Études Caractéristiques has formed many generations of Trombone players. The compilation by French cornetist, conductor and composer, Jean-Baptiste Arban (1825-1889) successfully addresses requirements of modern technique and characteristics.
Arban studied at the Paris Conservatoire and led a prosperous career as a versatile and accomplished musician. Études Caractéristiques contains fourteen studies, each addressing a variety of musical characteristics. These elements include chromaticism, articulation, rhythm, range, intervals, breath control, and tempo, among other aspects. Arban's Études Caractéristiques is not to be missed by aspiring Trombone players.