About a year ago I was contacted by the Richard Canter, the author of the Scale and Rhythm Chunks books for band. He was finishing his 2nd edition of the books, and liked the StepWise Fingering Charts, and asked if he could use them in the books. I was delighted to say "yes", beginning a 3-month collaboration with him that took my charts to the next level.
He and his publisher, Focus on Music, had several ideas for improving the charts, including:
1-Adding an Enharmonics inset
2-Showing 4-valve options for Tuba & Baritone
3-Showing 3rd valve slide extensions for Trumpet
4-Increasing the range for all brass instruments
Just as we were wrapping up this collaborative effort to make the ultimate one-page fingering chart for every band instrument, we realized that we would have a chance to meet in person at the upcoming Ohio Music Educators Conference convention. He lives and works in Ohio, and I was flying out there from Utah to present a clinic on jazz improvisation. It was an amazing coincidence! We became quick friends at the conference, and I was excited to see his 2nd edition books, hot off the press, complete with my new StepWise fingering charts.
It is about time I update this website with the Extended Range charts that we created together a few years back. So, if your brass players are ready to expand their range up to the 7th partial, you can now download the Extended Range Charts on each brass instrument page. Here's to getting our brass musicians playing HIGHER along with faster and louder!