Steve Harrison
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Tom Boy (1907).. Rag march and two step.. W. B. Bradford.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Harrison yesterday.

A Cyclone In Darktown (1910)..George Daniel Barnard.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Harrison on Saturday.

Levee Revels (1898)..William Christopher O'Hare
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Harrison on Friday.

 

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Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Tom Boy (1907).. Rag march and two step.. W. B. Bradford.
"Thanks Marc, I had to use some of the high octave stuff to get it all to fit, I did try lowering it  but ran out of notes at the bottom end. This is often the case when trying to arrange piano music for banjo. F major is usually the favourite…"
yesterday
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Tom Boy (1907).. Rag march and two step.. W. B. Bradford.
"Well done! Can't ask for a nicer little rag. At bit stratospheric there in bits but it sure sounds good. I'm gonna have to work on this one! Thanks!!"
yesterday
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Tom Boy (1907).. Rag march and two step.. W. B. Bradford.

This was suggested by Marc a short time back. He wasn't sure how it would sound on the banjo however his apprehension was unfounded. I had to arrange it in F/Bb to get it all to fit, other than that, it sounds just fine. Its's a good piece of ragtime, I couldn't find anything out about the composer. The score and midis are in the library..Steve.…See More
yesterday
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion A Cyclone In Darktown (1910)..George Daniel Barnard.
"Marc, very interesting and it seems to fit....Steve. "
Saturday
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion A Cyclone In Darktown (1910)..George Daniel Barnard.
"I found one, very slim reference that this rag was penned by Geo. Botsford instead of Mr. Barnard. Botsford wrote a LOT of rags and it really does sound a lot like something he could have written. Another clue is that the title is…"
Friday
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion A Cyclone In Darktown (1910)..George Daniel Barnard.
"Thanks Marc, it is a great rag considering it was composed by someone not usually associated with ragtime. I expect that Arthur Prior may have had a hand in it somewhere...Steve."
Friday
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion A Cyclone In Darktown (1910)..George Daniel Barnard.
"Now THERE's some gen-u-wine ragtime syncopation! Arthur Pryor was a master. That is a fantastic arrangement. Wow, I would have loved to hear that one live!"
Friday
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Friday
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Levee Revels (1898)..William Christopher O'Hare
"Thanks Marc and Jody, it is quite unusual, especially the syncopation and timing. I had a real job finding a key in which it would fit the banjo and eventually settled on D (B minor) and G (E minor), it does tend to vacillate between minor and major…"
Friday
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Levee Revels (1898)..William Christopher O'Hare
" I like it."
Thursday
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Levee Revels (1898)..William Christopher O'Hare
"How odd! The A part sounds like it is in a minor mode like Dorian or some such. If I close my eyes and disregard the tune title (and cover art), I would have thought this might be yet another "Indian Intermezzo". Pretty cool!"
Thursday
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Keystone Rag (1921)...Willie Anderson
"Excellent, Steve. Not sure if it will translate to the banjo but I'm very sure you'll make it work as well as is possible. Oh, and BTW, for those of you not up on your Americana, the keystone in "Keystone Rag" (as…"
Jun 15
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Keystone Rag (1921)...Willie Anderson
"Hi Marc, I like Tom-Boy and it's now in my to do folder. Keystone is a bit tricky in parts so listening to the midi get the syncopation into your head might be a good idea...Steve."
Jun 15
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Keystone Rag (1921)...Willie Anderson
"Pretty cool rag. I do like how it evolves but still keeps a bit of rag going throughout. One of the things I enjoy about your exploration of ragtime is that I tend to go find each one out on the 'net. Whether I find it or not, I always seem to…"
Jun 15
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Keystone Rag (1921)...Willie Anderson

This is an interesting composition coming as it does on the tail end of ragtime. It's very much in the style of some early 1920s jazz and the final part morphs into pure blues. The score and midi are in the library..Steve.See More
Jun 15
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Jun 11

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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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