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Unwanted Harmonic
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Tiger Rag (1917)..Dominic James 'Nick' La Rocca (The Original Dixieland Jazz Band)

Back in the 1960s I frequented a jazz club called the Salutation Stomp held each Friday at the Salutation Inn in my home town of Birmingham. The resident band were called The Artesian Hall Stompers and this tune was one their most popular, often used to close the evenings entertainment. It's usually associated with plectrum banjo, and this is my attempt to arrange it finger style  Sadly the old Salutation Inn is now a four lane overpass and most of the band members are now playing at the great…See More
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Unwanted Harmonic
"Thanks for that Jody, I do have a few spare 4ths of differing makes and gauges, I'll try swapping them aound..Steve."
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Unwanted Harmonic
"OK!  so what is activating the annoying overtone in both cases seems to be D natural fingered at fret 7 of the 3rd string. The d minor is activating A 440, the same pitch found on fret 7 of the first string. Well within your hearing range. And…"
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Unwanted Harmonic
"Hi Jody, so far, if I play a D minor in 6P, it sounds like the 4th string 7th fret harmonic (a) that's sounding out and if I play G major in 7P, it's the 12th fret harmonic (d). The D minor is the most annoying. I don't have a problem…"
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Unwanted Harmonic
" I think your hearing aid is magnifying the sound and that is why it is bothering you. The lower strings on all string instruments do this all the time. These overtones (harmonics)  are what give the higher strings character and color.…"
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Unwanted Harmonic

When I tune my Windsor Popular number 1 to open G tuning, I've started to hear a sympathetic harmonic coming from the 4th string whenever I play certain chords. Other than tuning the string slightly flat, I can't get rid of it. It's probably been happening  for some time but I haven't been able to hear it due to my poor hearing. I've recently had new digital hearing aids that have been tuned to higher frequencies than previously and it's now that the problem has manifested itself. Other than…See More
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Pink Poodle (One step) (1914)..Chas. L. Johnson
"Hi Carrie, I've one more CLJ tune to post plus a couple of new arrangements to replace two I posted some time back and I'll have completed 35 of most of his banjo friendly compositions that haven't already been arranged by others. CLJ…"
carrie horgan replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Pink Poodle (One step) (1914)..Chas. L. Johnson
"Hard to resist a rag entitled 'Pink Poodle'.  Chas L Johnson composed some great tunes - I really like 'Doc Brown's Cakewalk' - the Ragtime Skeddadlers do that one.  "
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Oct 12
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Pigeon Wing Rag (1909)...Chas L. Johnson.
"Thank's Marc, the least complicated melodies are often the best. I've another three CLJ tunes completed and ready to post and two new arrangements to replace a couple I did some years back. I haven't found any more CLJ music that…"
Oct 6
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Pigeon Wing Rag (1909)...Chas L. Johnson.
""Not much of a challenge" Perfect music for me! This is a delightful little tune, very pleasant and comfy. Going into the "To TAB" pile. Thanks Steve!"
Oct 5
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Pigeon Wing Rag (1909)...Chas L. Johnson.

This is a pleasant rag by CLJ and not too much of a challenge. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Oct 5
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

That Madrid Rag (1911)..Julius Lenzberg

This is ragtime meets Latin as Lenzberg has used a very Latin like rhythm throughout. It's a good composition and well worth a listen, the score and midi are in the library...Steve. See More
Oct 3
Steve Harrison replied to Eric Crum's discussion What strings?
"Hi Eric, I'm not familiar with Windsor zither banjos but I do own a Windsor popular No.1 and a couple of Popular number threes (all three are open back).  I've tried a variety of strings and have found that Nylgut medium gauge with a…"
Oct 1
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Pearl Of The Harem. (1898)..Harry Guy..(as played by Vess Ossman and Fred Van Eps.)
"I like it! The recording that I listened to online of FVE seemed a bit odd in that he really 'twangs' the bass string when it is struck open. Much louder than the rest of the piece and an odd stand-out. BONG!!! The ABF has an arrangement…"
Oct 1
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The Pearl Of The Harem. (1898)..Harry Guy..(as played by Vess Ossman and Fred Van Eps.)

I came across the midi of this tune in the Primeline Midi Library. Most of the midis in the library that I've used in the past have been for piano but this was obviously a banjo arrangement and the accompanying notes made reference to FVE and Vess Ossman. I created a score from the midi and completed the attached arrangement. Ian then sent me a recording of the tune by FVE and a just about readable score by Clifford Essex. The similarity between the CE score, the FVE recording and the midi is…See More
Sep 30

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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
Thanks Steve.It sounds great.
At 8:59am on September 19, 2012, thereallyniceman gave Steve Harrison a gift
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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