Steve Harrison
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Peek-A-Boo Rag (1914)...Chas. L. Johnson
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Harrison Aug 12.

Cum-Bac Rag (1911)...Charles L. Johnson
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Harrison Aug 12.

 

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Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Peek-A-Boo Rag (1914)...Chas. L. Johnson
"I think CLJ wrote this as one of his novelty rags..Steve"
Aug 12
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Cum-Bac Rag (1911)...Charles L. Johnson
"Thanks Marc, I've converted them into TIFF format and sent them to Ian to add to the file. Fingering is very subjective and down to personal preferences, I tend to use a mix of classic and melodic styles on my scores but there are always other…"
Aug 12
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Peek-A-Boo Rag (1914)...Chas. L. Johnson
"That dotted section is indeed different...that 'lilt' sounds out of place in a rag for some reason. After a few listens, it sounds fine though. Well done! This is yet another hit from Johnson..."
Aug 12
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Cum-Bac Rag (1911)...Charles L. Johnson
"Poop. I forgot to add the MIDI file for the Trinkaus version...here it is."
Aug 12
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Cum-Bac Rag (1911)...Charles L. Johnson
"Ok, well that was fun! I've listened to the Trinkaus version enough now that I'm not sure if that first bar is a mistake after all...just different. IOW, it works on its own. Steve, I found one mistake in your dots: measures 7 and 15, the…"
Aug 12
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Peek-A-Boo Rag (1914)...Chas. L. Johnson

I'm gradually working my way through CLJ.s music and here's another pleasing rag. There's a nice change of tempo in bars 60-63 where he's introduced dotted notes and unusually there's no change of key, it remains in C throughout. Bars 68-69 in the piano score were tricky to play on the banjo so I've rewritten them using descending pairs of notes instead.Overall it makes a good banjo rag. The scores and midi are in the library....Steve.…See More
Aug 11
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Cum-Bac Rag (1911)...Charles L. Johnson
"OK, I have Steve's arrangement keyed in, just needs a little cleanup. I've started the Trinkaus arrangement and right off the bat it has a mistake. First note/chord should be dotted quaver followed by a semiquaver. Makes the beginning…"
Aug 9
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Cum-Bac Rag (1911)...Charles L. Johnson
"Yah, I think they're close enough that I can get your arrangement finished and then do some simple mods to get the Trinkaus arrangement. I would prefer the octave walk as it is closer to the piano score...but we'll see!"
Aug 8
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Cum-Bac Rag (1911)...Charles L. Johnson
"Hi Marc, you could mix and match and use the doubling notes on the repeat bars...Steve."
Aug 8
Rémi replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Cum-Bac Rag (1911)...Charles L. Johnson
"I notice that Banjo players like very much the rags of Charles L Johnson ! That's s cool, you're right Steve his rags are surely all good; but I don't know much his music, I just arranged Dill Pickels, but probably I will do Cum…"
Aug 8
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Cum-Bac Rag (1911)...Charles L. Johnson
"Well, that's interesting! "Tune to D when playing with Club"...tune aDAC#E...which is simply Capo 2 these days. Doubling the "walk up" melody notes is a good method. I'll have…"
Aug 8
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Cum-Bac Rag (1911)...Charles L. Johnson
"Thanks Remi, I don't think Charles Johnson ever wrote a bad piece of music. I've got three more Johnson arrangements completed which I'll ask Ian to post in due course...Steve."
Aug 8
Rémi replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Cum-Bac Rag (1911)...Charles L. Johnson
"Wonderful Rag !"
Aug 7
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

All The Money (1908)..Charles L Johnson aka Raymond Birch

This is another good rag by Johnson published under his pseudonym of Raymond Birch. The original piano score was in F/Bb however I arranged it in C/F to make it more banjo friendly. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Aug 7
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Cum-Bac Rag (1911)...Charles L. Johnson
Aug 7
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Cum-Bac Rag (1911)...Charles L. Johnson
"Already on it, Steve. I started a TAB file as soon as I saw you'd arranged it. :-) "
Aug 7

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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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