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PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:07 pm    Post subject: Mitchell on Trumpet Reply with quote

Hey guys, who has used the Harold E. Mitchell "Mitchell on Trumpet" method books, vol 1 thru 4? And for those of you have used them, how did you like them? What did you like about them? And if you did not like them why not? Finally would you recommend it?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2021 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Mitchell on Trumpet" is the most comprehensive all-in-one method I have come across. Highly recommended.

The books are structured based on individual lessons, and there is a lot of well-thought-out material in each lesson. For example, lesson 15 has 16 exercises spread over three pages: Scales (major/minor), arpeggios, intervals, flexibility, rhythm....

Range progresses gradually, but Pappy takes range development seriously. He incorporates range building throughout the lesson rather than just a single exercise. The aforementioned lesson 15 goes up to F#. High C is introduced around lesson 44, Eb around lesson 60, and high G around lesson 78.

As a method, these books are excellent for use with students, and uniquely well-suited for independent study. The lessons cover the "fundamental" bases quite well, and offer clear guidance on what to practice and how to practice it. They are also quite useful as exercise books when you want fresh material to work on. The flexibility studies and interval studies are quite good.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2021 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've taught from these books for years! Get the original edition from Qpress and take your time going through each lesson. Don't be in a hurry to pass from one lesson to the next, practice each lesson diligently until you can perform each study perfectly at Harold Mitchell's tempo markings. Then move to the next lesson. The Warm Up Book is a great collection of practice material, Ollie Mitchell's Know Before You Blow has two great Warm Ups in there. It's how well you practice from this material that's important.
Dave Bacon
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Grand Canyon University
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