Steve Harrison
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  • Malvern, Worcestershire
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Steve Harrison replied to John Green's discussion Fascination Waltz (1904)
"Hi John, I'm with Joel on this one, one of the things to consider with tab is that unless you have a recording or know the tune well, it isn't always easy to make sense of it. By being able to read music, you can scan through a score and…"
Sep 10
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Cotton Belt Rag (1908)...J. H. O'Bryan.

This one to exercise the fingers, despite the name, it isn't a rag, the only bit of syncopation appears in bar three of the intro, however it is a good March/Two-Step. I've worked out what I feel is the most efficient left hand fingering indicated in my in my usual annotation with fret numbers and position indicators. I've moved towards melodic style in a few of the bars. It should be played slightly faster than the midi and is a real 'pickers' tune which may appeal to bluegrass players. The…See More
Sep 10
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Everybody Loves My baby (1924)..Spencer Williams.
"My favorite...coronet by Louis Armstrong Banjo is Buddy Christian. I think this is the earliest recording of this famous hit. Second favorite is Fats Waller's version."
Sep 8
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Everybody Loves My baby (1924)..Spencer Williams.

This is another arrangement of an early popular song which over the years has been performed by a myriad of different singers and musicians. I've kept the tempo to its original slow, bluesy arrangement but it is usually performed much more quickly and my arrangement is easy enough to jazz up. My favourite version is performed by The Temperance Seven, a British trad jazz band from the 1960s. The score and midi are in the library..Steve.…See More
Sep 8
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Dixie (A Rag Caprice 1911)..Harry james Lincoln

Here is my new arrangement of this delightful tune by HJL. It's one of those pieces of music that allows the player to show off his/her musicianship and is a peach to play and well suited to the banjo. The new score and midi are in the library and replaces the previous version....Steve.See More
Sep 3
Steve Harrison replied to John Cohen's discussion Recommend me some new pieces
"Hi Jocko.....No, it is Dixie in name only, have a listen to the midi in the library. It's a delightful piece of music written by Harry Lincoln which he has described as a rag caprice. It in no way resembles the Dixie of which you have spoken. I…"
Aug 31
Steve Harrison replied to John Cohen's discussion Recommend me some new pieces
"If I can add my two pennies worth, have a listen/look at 'Dixie published in 1910 by Harry Lincoln. It's a delightful tune and is described by Lincoln as a rag caprice. My arrangement, which I did some years ago, is available in the…"
Aug 31
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Aug 31
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jelly Roll (1915)...H.W.Santley & Pete Wendling.
"My favourite jelly roll song of all time is  'He's a jelly Roll Baker' by Lonnie Johnson, in particular the 1942 recording where he plays it on acoustic guitar. It's one the all time great blues recordings. I wonder if it…"
Aug 24
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jelly Roll (1915)...H.W.Santley & Pete Wendling.
"Very cool tune, Steve. Well done. 1915 was a good year for pastries (and double-entendres). There were quite a few "Jelly Roll" tunes published in that year."
Aug 24
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Jelly Roll (1915)...H.W.Santley & Pete Wendling.

This is a very good Foxtrot and has the sound of something that could have been written after the ragtime era. The second part is especially pleasing and makes a good contrast to the rest of the composition. To get the best effect, I've added a note to the scores suggesting that you slide the grace notes.The score and midi are in the library..Steve.See More
Aug 23
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Oyster Rag (1910)....Tom Lyle.

This is another tune that I thought would make a good duet so I've arranged it with a banjo second. It's a very good medium paced rag by a composer about whom I could find no information. The banjo 1st, second and combined scores are in the library. I've attached the banjo 2nd. mp3 for anyone who wants to play along with it....Steve.See More
Aug 19
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Sleepy Lou (1906)..Irene M. Giblin.
"Hi Marc, That's an interesting video and a good example of how music evolves and cross pollinates in the folk tradition. Quite a few of the rags that I've arranged began life as traditional/old time tunes....Steve."
Aug 17
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Sleepy Lou (1906)..Irene M. Giblin.
"Cool rag. Well done! This is another rag that made it into the traditional fiddling genre (similar to Whistling Rufus). It isn't nearly as well known but my brain decided that it had heard (or read) the name of the tune somewhere (after some…"
Aug 16
Richard William Ineson replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Sleepy Lou (1906)..Irene M. Giblin.
"She wrote some nice rags, this is very good."
Aug 15
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Sleepy Lou (1906)..Irene M. Giblin.

This is a delightful slow rag from one of the female ragtime composers and is my current favourite. I originally arranged it as a banjo solo but was of the opinion that it would make a good duet, consequently I have written a second banjo part. The banjo first, second and combined scores plus a midi of the duet are now in the library.I've also attached an mp3 of the second banjo part for those who may wish to play along. The whole arrangement works very well and is fun to play and not too much…See More
Aug 14

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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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