Steve Harrison
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The American Rag (A Patriotic Medley) (1909)....Harry L. Newman & Roy Barton
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 on Tuesday.

A La Georgia Jubilee (1899)...Carl Lexhoizt
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Harrison Jul 14.

 

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Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The American Rag (A Patriotic Medley) (1909)....Harry L. Newman & Roy Barton
"LOL. That looks like a workout. I'm with you, Dixie and Marching Thru Georgia are standouts. Rally Round The Flag got lost in the syncopation and Maryland is too much like Oh Tannenbaum... Cool piece though."
Tuesday
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The American Rag (A Patriotic Medley) (1909)....Harry L. Newman & Roy Barton

This is a selection of 9 patriotic tunes given the ragtime treatment and is very well done indeed. The tunes are; Dixie, The Girl I left behind me aka Brighton Camp, Rally Round The Flag, My Maryland, Yankee Doodle, Star Spangled Banner, Marching Through Georgia, Red, White and Blue and finishing with America (My country 'tis of thee).My favourites are Dixie and Marching Through Georgia.I've simplified my arrangement as much as possible by omitting some of the chords and rewriting a few bits…See More
Tuesday
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion A La Georgia Jubilee (1899)...Carl Lexhoizt
"Hi Marc, good comments, I couldn't find any info about Lexhoizt, maybe some knowledge of his musical background may cast some light on this...Steve."
Jul 14
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion A La Georgia Jubilee (1899)...Carl Lexhoizt
"Interesting! "Soap suds against the Fence" is sooooo close to the name of a common traditional fiddle-tune called "Soapsuds over the Fence" or "Throw the soap suds over the fence". Usually played in D maj...sounds…"
Jul 13
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Jul 10
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Pastime Rag No.1 (1913)...Artie Matthews

Artie Matthews is one of the lesser known Ragtime composers but some rank him amongst Lamb, Joplin and Scott as one of the most sophisticated. He wrote five versions/variations of pastime Rag between 1913 and 1918. This is the first and my favourite and the one I thought  to be the most suitable for banjo. The score and midi are in the library..Steve.…See More
Jul 2
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The Waiman Rag (1910) (A slow drag)...James Royce Shannon

James Royce Shannon [James Royce] was an American actor, composer and songwriter of popular music. This is one of Two ragtime tunes that he wrote. I could find nothing about the subject of the tune but would appear that Waiman was a popular performer of the time as his picture, together with an "as played by" comment appears on the front cover of one of the scores for The Memphis Rag by W.C.Handy. Maybe someone out there may have some information about him? The score and midi are in the…See More
Jun 30
Steve Harrison replied to david caron's discussion Razzle Dazzle
"Hi David, how about a picture of your new banjo?...Steve."
Jun 30
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Jun 23
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Memphis Blues (1912)...W.C.Handy
"Thanks Marc, this and St Louis Blues are my must play favourites at the moment. I've a couple more of W.C. Handy's tunes in my to do folder but they may be a little more challenging to do. Time will tell...Steve."
Jun 17
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Memphis Blues (1912)...W.C.Handy
"Oh my my. That is excellent! Now I gotta dig out that banjo..."
Jun 17
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Memphis Blues (1912)...W.C.Handy

This is generally acknowledged as one of Handy's best compositions. It has the alternative title of 'Mr Crump' which may refer to Edward Crump, a Tennessee politician of the time.  The piano score is in F and I've arranged it in C as this better suits the banjo. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Jun 17
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St. Louis Blues (1914)...William Christopher (W.C.) Handy.

This is probably the best known and most recorded of Handy's compositions. My arrangement is another of my 'let's see if it works on the banjo' tunes and it's turned out much better than I expected. There are some tricky bits of timing here and there but other than that, it's not too much of a challenge to play and worth a try. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
Jun 15
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Dallas Blues (1912)..Hart Ancker Wand
"Thanks Marc, I'll see if there are any more out there that may be suitable..Steve. "
Jun 10
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Dallas Blues (1912)..Hart Ancker Wand
"Gotta put this one in the queue for Tab. Very few good blues to play on the banjo... Well done!"
Jun 9
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Jun 6

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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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