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Egyptian Glide..1914..Alexander Maloof.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 5 hours ago.

One Of The Boys..1906..Evelyn Bloom
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Jan 17.

 

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Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Egyptian Glide..1914..Alexander Maloof.
"Nice! Missing the "snake charmer" motif...but it is a tad early to be an Oriental Foxtrot anyway...;-)"
5 hours ago
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Under Egyptian Skies...1912..Frank Hoyt Losey

This is the second of my three recently arranged  Egyptian themed tunes. It's very well written and in parts, sounds as though it could almost have been written for banjo, in particular bars 79-90. It's not too challenging to play and is worth a try. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
19 hours ago
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Egyptian Glide..1914..Alexander Maloof.

This is the first of three more Egyptian themed tunes that I've completed. Maloof was born in Syria and moved to the US as a young child. He later became one of the most prolific composers and orchestra leaders of the first half of the 20th. century. He was a promoter of Syrian music and that's reflected in this composition which has an authentic eastern feel about it. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
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Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion One Of The Boys..1906..Evelyn Bloom
"LOL. I did...and commented on it just before I did this one. That's why I said "...another song of quotes". ===Marc"
Jan 17
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion One Of The Boys..1906..Evelyn Bloom
"Hi Marc, have a listen to The Dixie Rag by Al Lewis, he's given Dixie the ragtime treatment and hidden a few other tunes in the composition. It's very good as well....Steve."
Jan 17
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Dixie Rag (1913)..Irene Mary Giblin
"Right. "Teach me to play Dixie on the banjo without me having to learn anything about how to play the banjo".  I've seen that before and always as a demand rather than a request.  About 60 years ago my cousin got hired to…"
Jan 16
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion One Of The Boys..1906..Evelyn Bloom
"Ha! Another song of quotes: "For He's A Jolly Good Fellow" and "Good Night Ladies" I'm assuming that "One Of The Boys" is selling the "College Glee Club" concept/marketing typical of the 1920s.…"
Jan 16
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Dixie Rag (1913)..Irene Mary Giblin
"Interesting piece, nicely arranged. There are so many pieces that incorporate fragments of well-known tunes...probably a genre all by itself. LOL. One day I had a young man show up where I was teaching (coffeehouse) the banjo and he sat down and…"
Jan 16
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

One Of The Boys..1906..Evelyn Bloom

This is a must play tune, ideally suited to the banjo. The composer was the wife of Sol Bloom, a song writer, music publisher and from 1925, a long serving Congressman for New York. The first half is set in 2/4 time until the trio when, with great effect, it changes to 6/8. It's my current favourite and worth a listen and play. the score and midi are in the library...steve.…See More
Jan 15
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The Dixie Rag (1913)..Irene Mary Giblin

This is another well written composition by Giblin, which departs from the usual ragtime formula. In the trio and final part, she's woven in the melodies of Turkey In the Straw and Yankee Doodle to good effect. In the second part, I've changed the chord inversions of the arpeggios to get them to fit more easily. There's another tune of the same name by Al Lewis in the library and also That Dixie Rag by Victor Moulton, arrangements I did some years back. The score and midi are in the…See More
Jan 11
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jolly Jokers (A polka)..1910..Bert R. Anthony
"Hi  Marc, I've a couple of more of  Anthony's tunes on my list...Steve."
Jan 9
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jolly Jokers (A polka)..1910..Bert R. Anthony
"I like it, a jaunty little tune. Well done!"
Jan 8
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Jolly Jokers (A polka)..1910..Bert R. Anthony

Another composition from the composer of Dancing With Ma baby, this is a simple but pleasant polka that's not too challenging to play. The bass solos in the final part give the tune a nice lift. I've arranged it in G from the original key of C and have added dotted notes in some of the measures as a bit of added interest. the score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Jan 5
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Dancing With Ma baby (Schottische)..1900..Bert R. Anthony.
"Hi marc, As soon as I first heard this,'Queen' sprang to mind. As you say, it would sit well if played back to back (or even mix and match?) with with Queen. When time permits I might look at the possibility of a combined…"
Jan 2
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Dancing With Ma baby (Schottische)..1900..Bert R. Anthony.
"Somehow I missed this one, Steve. Definitely a cousin of Queen of the Burlesque, perhaps a "Fitz"... It is a good tune, nicely arranged and might be fun to play back to back with "Queen"."
Jan 2
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Black feather (Two Step)..1908..Irene Mary Giblin (O'Brien)

This is a great rag from one of the best of the female ragtime composers. Originally in Eb, I've arranged it in C to better suit the banjo. Bars 15-16 and 63-64 (plus repeats) spanned 3 octaves so to get it all to fit, I changed the inversions of the chord arpeggios by 'doubling back' which give a pretty good approximation of the original score. I did some on line research on The black feather Club, St Louis, to which the tune was dedicated, and in a 1908 newspaper article, found reference to…See More
Jan 2

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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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