Steve Harrison
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Pickin on de ole banjo(1915)...Henry Widmer & Fredric Watson
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 on Friday.

Dixie Tango (1914)....R.C.Aultman....(It's not a tango!)
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Harrison May 13.

 

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Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Pickin on de ole banjo(1915)...Henry Widmer & Fredric Watson
"Measures 77 and 78 sound like the opening bar of "Der Fledermaus" by J. Strauss. Otherwise, I heard the same two tunes you already identified. Odd tune there. Looks like it lays well on the banjo though!"
Friday
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Pickin on de ole banjo(1915)...Henry Widmer & Fredric Watson

This is another arrangement which is a medley of popular songs of the day and with its banjo related title, was one I'd intended to do for some time. In the final part, I recognize the strains of Goodnight Ladies and Merrily We Roll Along  but none of the others, maybe someone out there could play name that tune. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
Friday
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Os Pintinhos No Terriero (The Chicks in The Yard)....Zequinha Abreu

This is a very pleasant and melodic Samba and the last of my arrangements by the Brazilian composer  Z. Abreu, it's well worth a listen. The scores and midi with second banjo are in the library...Steve.See More
May 16
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Dixie Tango (1914)....R.C.Aultman....(It's not a tango!)
"Hi Marc, you're quite right, I've  often had to rewrite or amend quite a few of the scores that I've arranged, especially if I changed them from the original key in which they were written."
May 13
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Dixie Tango (1914)....R.C.Aultman....(It's not a tango!)
"Such stuff always makes me think of all the slips that can occur between 'composition' and 'publication'. I certainly have made my share of errors...and once the piece is out of the composers hands, much can happen. The other…"
May 12
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Dixie Tango (1914)....R.C.Aultman....(It's not a tango!)
"Hi Marc, my remarks were not in response to your post but a general comment about the arrangement. I've since found a midi of the tune and the transition bars have been omitted so others must also share your views....Steve."
May 12
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Dixie Tango (1914)....R.C.Aultman....(It's not a tango!)
"To be sure, I wasn't referring to your fingering in the transition from A to B, I was speaking of the original composers transition. It just doesn't seem to flow well. I cannot play music in the library from here at work (firewall, etc.)…"
May 11
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Dixie Tango (1914)....R.C.Aultman....(It's not a tango!)
"Thanks Marc, I've added the fingering as I would play it, my unconventional mix of classic and melodic making full use of open strings in order to move 'smoothly' along the fret board. The first 4 bars plus repeats took a bit of…"
May 11
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Dixie Tango (1914)....R.C.Aultman....(It's not a tango!)
"Well...that's a lovely bit of Ragtime indeed. His transition from the A part to B is a tad awkward (just my opinion, of course) but it is still a cool piece. I'd say that the title is simply a "Dixie" slur...that capitalizes on…"
May 11
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Dixie Tango (1914)....R.C.Aultman....(It's not a tango!)

Despite the title, this is a medium paced example of ragtime. When I first heard this, it sounded to me as if Aultman may have taken the best bits from lots of other rags and cobbled them all together. Having said that, it works very well and is quite a tuneful composition. I couldn't find anything out about Aultman on Google so maybe someone out there may have some info? The scores and midis with second banjo are in the library...Steve.…See More
May 11
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

A Southern Jamboree (1899)....J. W. Lerman.

This is an early cake walk which could have been written for the banjo. The piano score was in G/C and for ease of playing I've arranged it in C/F. There's plenty of variety between the movements and it's worth a listen. The midi with second banjo and the scores are in the library....Steve.See More
May 7
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Tardes Em Lindoia (Waltz)....Zequinha Abreu
"A lazy afternoon, a drink with tequila and a little umbrella...I'm there!"
Apr 27
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Ideal Desfeito (Tango)..Zequniha Abreau
"Oh yeah! Very nice tango... Mr. Abreu seems to have published a number of really nice compositions."
Apr 27
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Apr 27
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Tico-Tico No Fubá (1917)...Zequina Abreu
"Hi Marc, there's one on the way..Steve"
Apr 20
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Não Me Tóques (1932)...Zequinha Abreu.
"Cool mandolin version..."
Apr 20

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Steve Harrison

Hi all, Just a bit about myself. I live in the beautiful town of Malvern in Worcestershire, England. I have been playing classic and melodic style banjo for more years than I care to recall. I play an Alfred Weaver banjo made around 1903 and a Windsor popular made 1914ish. As well as banjo, my other instrument is piano accordion, not very fashionable these days but great for playing tradtional music, my main passion. I play occasionally for local Morris Dance sides arround Malvern. Having reached the grand old age of 60, I am semi retired which leaves me more time for my music and my other love, my two grandchildren. I'm about to start teaching my 7 year old grandson the Uke as an entry into greater things. If there are any other players in or near my location, please make contact...Steve.

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At 6:35 on December 29, 2010, Sylvia said…
Hi Steve, I'm a bit nearer to you than Rob, but still a longish way away , I'm on the Isle of Wight.    Was interested to read that you played for Morris. I am a member of the local Oyster Girls Ladies Morris team.  Might just bump into you at one of the Folk Festivals , don't yet know which ones we are doing this year though.   All the Best.  Sylvia.
At 8:57 on December 30, 2010, Sylvia said…
Hi Steve,the oyster girls were at Upton last year. I am only a beginner at Banjo and have found this site very helpful. I have also had a few lessons with Rob over the internet, great stuff this new technology. Will look out for you at any Festivals I go to. I have heard Rochester mentioned for this coming year. All the best. Sylvia
At 17:49 on February 8, 2012, Alan Sims said…

hi Steve ,ive just had my clifford essex frets redressed and set up .it sounds lovely and so much easier to play .ive got medium gauge strings .ive been playing about a year .would i be ready for a heavier set ,and would this change the action .how often sould change them i practice every day' regards Alan

At 17:56 on February 8, 2012, Alan Sims said…

how often should i change strings i practice every day regards Alan

At 20:13 on March 4, 2012, Tim Walsh said…

Hi Steve,

 

I've only recently been made aware of Classic Banjo through meeting another member David Greenwood.

I've only been playing a relatively short while and have been learning bluegrass.

I'm looking to broaden my playing skills in to claw hammer and Classic styles and from what I've seen of the tutorials on this site so far I think I'm in the right place.

 

 

 

 

 

At 7:31 on May 21, 2012, Mike Redman said…

Hi Steve, have you thought about transposing/arranging A Ragtime Dance (Scott Joplin) for the banjo, I was listening to it the other day, now can't get the tune off of my mind!

At 8:12 on June 14, 2012, dave brown said…

Thanks Steve

At 10:35 on June 20, 2012, Alan Sims said…

thanks for the tip Steve, that makes sence.three lines above .E. cheers.

At 11:13am on August 28, 2012, Alan Sims gave Steve Harrison a gift
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Thanks Steve.It sounds great.
At 8:59am on September 19, 2012, thereallyniceman gave Steve Harrison a gift
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I would personally like to thank Steve for all the work he has done on producing new arrangements for Classic Banjo and making them available for us all. Check out all his scores in the MUSIC LIBRARY.

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