Steve Harrison
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  • Malvern, Worcestershire
  • United Kingdom
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Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Miss Dixie (Corn Bread And Sugar Cane)(1909)...Frederick Wallace Hager (aka Haga)
"When I wrote this arrangement, I was unable locate a score and had to work from a midi consequently, although I recognise some of the tunes, I couldn't put a name to any of them. Could anyone make any suggestions?...Steve."
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Miss Dixie (Corn Bread And Sugar Cane)(1909)...Frederick Wallace Hager (aka Haga)

I first posted this in 2015, it's a compilation of American popular songs and is one of the best I've heard of the genre. This is an enhanced arrangement that replaces the original, I've given it the full banjo treatment including all the usual banjo tricks and I've arranged the repeat of the last section as a bass solo. I've added plenty of fret numbers and position indicators to help navigate the score. It was recorded in 1907 by the Arthur Prior Band and can be heard on the following link.…See More
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The Banjo Rag (1909)...E.K.Bennett.

This is a tune that sounds as if it could have been written for banjo and to my ears in parts, it sounds very Morley/Grimshaw like, in particular the second section. Despite the title, it isn't a rag, on the piano score it's described as a characteristic two-step. This is a very well written composition and well worth a listen.The piano score is in C/F, I've arranged it in F/Bb so as not to compromise on the octaves and to make full use of the fret-board. I've added plenty of fret numbers and…See More
May 11
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Dixie Belles (1904) Cy Seymour aka William Conrad Polla

This is another good ragtime tune that plays well on banjo. I've arranged it in G using open G tuning for ease of playing. The score and midi are in the library..Steve. See More
May 6
Steve Harrison replied to david caron's discussion Calliope Rag
"Try downloading Best Practice, it a comprehensive slow downer and it's free. Steve."
May 3
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The Memphis Rag (1908)...Percy Wenrich

This not one of PW's most inspiring compositions but it is a good example of a straightforward, no frills ragtime tune that may be of interest to those who may not have played much ragtime. To my ears, he may have overdone the repeats so you could consider omitting the repeat in the first section and the trio. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
May 2
Steve Harrison left a comment for German David Patarroyo
"Hi David, I've posted my arrangement of Solace, I hope you like it...Steve."
Apr 26
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Solace (1909)..Scott Joplin

I've written this arrangement following a request from David Patarroyo and I now realise the reason I over looked it, it wasn't the easiest of tunes to arrange for banjo.On the piano score, much of the melody is played equally by both the left and right hands, with the left hand carrying the Habanera type rhythm. I had to move notes from the bass clef into the treble and combine them to make something that was suitable for the banjo. What I've arrived at is not a note for note copy but a close…See More
Apr 26
Steve Harrison left a comment for German David Patarroyo
"Hi German, this is probably the only Joplin tune I haven't yet arranged, leave it with me and I'm sure I can come up with something playable...Steve."
Apr 22
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Dixie Kicks (1908)..Percy Wenrich

Another good composition by Wenrich, it's a very tuneful example of early ragtime and worth a listen and play. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Apr 22
German David Patarroyo left a comment for Steve Harrison
"Hi Steve, Do you have an arrangement of Solace (A Mexican Serenade)?. I just love that tune of Joplin and I would like to try it. Many people know the last section due The Sting, but the other sections are also great"
Apr 20
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Apr 17
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Humpty Dumpty Rag (1914) Charles Theodore "Charley" Straight.
"Steve: My point is that by moving it to G you may have made it *harder* to play.  I can't find anything in my comments that complains about tweaking the rules.  Ian: the triplets are difficult and maybe impossible using the fingering…"
Apr 12
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Humpty Dumpty Rag (1914) Charles Theodore "Charley" Straight.
"I note your comments Jody, all can say is that whenever I write an arrangement, at the back of my mind is a thought to make the tune as playable as possible and if that means rewriting, simplifying or deviating from the original piano score then so…"
Apr 12
thereallyniceman replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Humpty Dumpty Rag (1914) Charles Theodore "Charley" Straight.
"I have been looking at this piece too and, Jody, I am impressed that you feel that the grace triplets can be played fast enough!  I have been struggling with them, and the first section for a couple of days and am still struggling!  I feel…"
Apr 12
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Humpty Dumpty Rag (1914) Charles Theodore "Charley" Straight.
"I've had a look and listen  and I agree this is a good tune and a good one for banjo. It took me a while to figure out what you meant by "F".   The linked recording is in F minor.  But the sheet music and piano versions…"
Apr 12

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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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