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Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Razzazza Mazzazza (1906)....Arthur Pryor.
"Thanks Marc, it was definitely the title that did it for me...Steve."
10 hours ago
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Razzazza Mazzazza (1906)....Arthur Pryor.
"Pretty cool piece, Steve. I'm a fan of Mr. Pryor. There are a couple of orchestral versions of this available on youtube but it is amazing to me how little they sound like the Sousa (and Pryor) versions...they've lost critical syncopation,…"
14 hours ago
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Razzazza Mazzazza (1906)....Arthur Pryor.

This is a very good syncopated march written by AP. The title was so intriguing that I had to have a look and listen and see what I could do with it.  The syncopation is tricky in parts and a careful listen to the midi would be advisable. It was recorded by the Sousa band  featuring AP on trombone, the MP3 is attached. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
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Echoes From Old Kentucky (1901)...Mynnie Dillingham.

This is a very tuneful early cake walk/march/two-step and one of those tunes that could have been written for the banjo, the music cover shows a banjo player. I could find no information about the composer other than a couple of her other compositions. It's not too much of a challenge to play and is worth a look and listen. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Wednesday
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The Original Blues (1914) Ted S. Barron. (My 500th.arrangement for banjo)

This is a classic blues in C and follows a similar pattern to Dallas Blues which I arranged some time back. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Nov 10
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Lilac Blossoms (1908)..Percy Wenrich

This is a pleasant two step by PW and as would be expected is very well written. I've had to 'banjofy' and rewrite a few of the bars to get it to work on banjo but but I think the end result works well. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Nov 8
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Jazzapation (1922)..Edward Browne Claypoole

This another post ragtime/early jazz composition that would not necessarily be considered suitable for classic banjo. As with my previously posted Skeleton Jangle, I've combined the piano RH and LH to arrive at a close approximation for banjo.There is an interesting change of key in that it begins in C/Am. and then changes to Ab where it morphs into a blues. I've added plenty of my usual annotations to help navigate the score. The score and midi are in the library.......Steve.…See More
Nov 2
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Chills And Fever Rag MK2 (1912)..Theron Catlen Bennett

This is my favourite rag written by TCB, I first arranged it some years back. The way I play it has changed somewhat from my original score so I've added my updated version to the library together with the midi. My suggested fingering leans towards melodic style, in particular in the last part...Steve. See More
Oct 29
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Black Cinderella MK2 (1900)....Florence Wood

This is a revamp of an arrangement I did some years back. It's a good tune for banjo and deserved a second look.I've added my usual annotations and the new score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Oct 28
John Grey replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Skeleton Jangle (1918)..P. J. La Rocca..As played by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band.
Oct 27
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Skeleton Jangle (1918)..P. J. La Rocca..As played by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band.
"Hi Remi, thanks for your kind comments, I arranged Tiger Rag by La Rocca some while back, you may find it worth a try...Steve."
Oct 27
Rémi replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Skeleton Jangle (1918)..P. J. La Rocca..As played by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band.
"Well done steve ! That's exctly like Darktown strutter's ball tune and other from the epoque. The passage around 1915/1920 (or even earlier 1913). They played more fast "but with less notes". Of course improvisation and so on,…"
Oct 26
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Skeleton Jangle (1918)..P. J. La Rocca..As played by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band.

As Halloween fast approaches, I thought that this suitably named tune would fit the bill. It was written at the end of the ragtime era and at the beginning of the Jazz age. It's a bit different from some of my other arrangements but a good tune none the less. I've combined the piano LH and RH to arrive at an approximation of the piano score that would fit the banjo.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkrT4n5DDqQThis link will take you to a…See More
Oct 26
Steve Harrison replied to thereallyniceman's discussion More Bedtime reading from the Dec 1960 BMG Magazine
"Doh!....my brain hurts!"
Oct 23
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Bunch O' Blackberries (1899)...Abe Holzmann
"Hi Remi, very impressive guitar playing indeed. You played A Coon Band Contest on your video, have a look and listen to the similarly named Coon Band Parade (1906)  by James Reece Europe, I arranged it for banjo some time ago and is in the…"
Oct 21
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Ken-Tuc-kee (1918)..A. J. Weidt.

This is my take on this neat tune by AJW. I arranged it from a piano score not noticing that there that there was already an arrangement for banjo already in the library. However, I set mine in C rather than G, the key in which it was written, and have added my usual annotations plus a midi. You can't have enough arrangements of a good tune! The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Oct 21

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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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