Mitchell on Trumpet is
revered by educators around the globe and stands unequaled by any other
published approach for trumpet. This proven curriculum will guide any ambitious
student on a path towards performance excellence. It takes
you from the beginning to the extreme limits of the horn through
a gradual progression of 82 balanced lessons developing your range from low F#
to G above high C.
Mitchell on Trumpet -
4 is the final chapter of this exciting journey beginning with Lesson 64 and continues with many advanced concepts while extending the student’s range to Double High G. The
exercises and studies cover all phases of playing with the ultimate goal of
acquiring and maintaining a strong flexible embouchure. The included CD contains all of the possible combinations of the final tune in the book, The Flight of the Bumblebee, arranged for Trumpet and Piano, written in two Concert keys, G minor and A minor.
Pappy often said, "Perfect practice makes perfect,
careless practice makes mediocrity, and no practice makes nothing."
Since every individual has their own unique set of strengths and challenges,
the time necessary to devote to studying this method will vary from student to
student. The important thing is to establish a structured schedule that is
appropriate for you.
There are countless professionals, educators, and performers who claim
that Mitchell on Trumpet is the most complete trumpet
method ever written. The student who completes Mitchell’s Method will be
among a select few who possess the endurance, technique, and flexibility needed
to conquer any obstacle that they may encounter in any musical passage ever
written for trumpet.
This Book 4 as well as all others in the series is dedicated to Harold’s son, Ollie
Mitchell. His tireless pursuit to see his Pappy’s work published and brought back to life for
future generations of professional artists is one of the many reasons that we at Santorella Publications feel that it is our obligation to forge forward. Ollie touched so many
lives in his lifetime, as did his father, but as fate would have it, Ollie was peacefully reunited with his Pappy when he passed away at
home surrounded by family and friends on May 11, 2013.
To follow are just a few of the
endorsements we received For Harold E. Mitchell’s Method for Trumpet.
This magnificent method that will prepare the
player for whatever they may encounter. The well designed lessons & melodic
exercises maintain the students' interest while keeping the mind attentive to
the most important fundamentals of the instrument. Gary Grant: Studio Player &Member of the
Jerry Hey Horn Section.
Upon beginning Mitchell on Trumpet I was
amazed at how quickly my reading skills & physical capabilities improved. I
recommend this marvelous approach for trumpet players of any discipline. Bob Strickland: Jazz Trumpet Performer &
Recording Artist from Everett, WA.
Having used all 4 volumes
of Mitchell’s Method. I feel it is the most comprehensive treatise I’ve ever seen. My
students have had considerable success from the etudes & studies. This
method has made a monumental contribution to trumpet instruction. Col.
Gilbert Mitchell: U.S.
As a Freelance Musician
in L.A., I must be able to play all styles of Music. Pappy’s approach is
perfect for obtaining endurance, flexibility, accuracy, and range. I highly
recommend this method to all students & professionals. Bob O'Donnell: One of
Today’s L.A. Freelance Players in Demand.
My teacher Leo De Mers introduced me to Mitchell on Trumpet. Until then I had
only played out of the Arban’s book. The difference with Pappy's approach was
how musical the lessons were. The knowledge I gained gave me the confidence to
play anything. I highly recommend these books to every trumpet player. Rick Baptist: L.A. Lead Player for, “Dancing with the Stars.”
6. Mitchell’s Method is a fantastic, intelligent, and a wise
approach for learning to play the trumpet that is sure to develop the needed
skills to become a well rounded professional. Rick Broadwell: Royal Hawaiian Band, Honolulu,
I had the honor of
presenting a well deserved award to Harold Mitchell for earning the respect of
his fellow musician’s at the NYBC. It is with great appreciation &
admiration that I am bestowed with this distinct honor. Charles Colin: Respected
Author & Publisher of Many Great Publications for Brass.
8. I had the pleasure of studying with Pappy who took me through
all four editions of Mitchell on Trumpet. The exercises provide a solid foundation of the fundamentals
of playing. I highly recommend them to all students of the horn. Ron King: One of Today’s Top Studio Musicians
in Los Angeles
9. I studied with many teachers while
establishing my career and made a special effort to seek out many respected
educators and Harold Mitchell was one of them. Pappy had an extremely
disciplined approach, yet remained positive. He always gave you a feeling of
confidence with his endless reservoir of uplifting sayings. My studies with
Pappy were structured around his thorough approach which I highly recommend for
any serious student as I believe it is an extremely effective method. Herb Alpert: Creator of the Tijuana Brass, Recording Artist & Founder of the
A&M Record Label.
Harold E. Mitchell
January 5, 1898 – August 21, 1985
- CAREER OVERVIEW * Vaudeville
stages, Talkie sound booths and the Motion Picture Studios of epic film.
* Exceptional performer, highly respected artist, widely recognized
educator, and author of an extremely effective masterwork for learning how
to play the trumpet; Mitchell on Trumpet.
Alfred F. Weldon, Ernest S. Williams, Richard Shuebruk, Dale
Stagers, William Thieck, and
Herbert L. Clarke.
FILM CREDITS: The Jazz Singer, The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, and
ACCOLADE: Played 1st Trumpet for every major recording & film Studio
in Los Angeles.
Known by his peers as Hollywood’s busiest trumpet player, a devoted
teacher, and highly acclaimed author recognized by musicians, artists, and
Retired from MGM Studios in 1947 at the Age of 49 and spent the next
twelve years writing his method while continuing to maintain a rigorous
STUDENTS: Robert DiVall, Elden Benge, Bill Adam, Armando Ghitalla, Herb
Alpert, and Pappy's son Ollie, who became one of the best studio players in
Hollywood during the 60's, 70's & 80's.
Mitchell lived during a time when musicians played a vital role in popular
entertainment. It was a nostalgic era of
live performances in music & theater.
Mitchell on Trumpet is the culmination of Pappy's life's work
and still remains today as the only complete course ever written for learning
to play the trumpet.