Steve Harrison
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Krazy Kat Rag..1911..Ben Richie.
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The Bonnie Briar bush..1897..Jacob Henry Ellis

This is a new arrangement of a composition that I did some years back. It's a medley of traditional Scottish tunes, which in the trio, includes a nicely written version of Annie Laurie. It's not too challenging to play and is one of my current favourites. The score and midi replace the originals in the library...Steve.See More
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Krazy Kat Rag..1911..Ben Richie.
"I used to have a coffee-table book of Herriman's "Krazy Kat" comics. The rag seems to fit! Well done, Steve. I've been in a similar boat, building cabinets for the workshop."
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Krazy Kat Rag..1911..Ben Richie.

This is my first post for nearly a month as I've been busy undertaking a major kitchen refurbishment on the instructions of she who is to be obeyed! She'll try anything to stop me playing my banjo!I could find very little about the composer other than that he was a song writer and music publisher in New York in the early 1900s.  The title is named after a cartoon character of that era. It's a well written composition that in parts strays from the usual ragtime formula. It suits the banjo well…See More
Jun 25
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St Louis Rag Piano Roll recording by Tom Turpin

I've recently come across this piano roll recording made by Tom Turpin. For those wishing to try the tune on the banjo, it may be of interest to them in order to compare and contrast...Steve.See More
May 29
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

St. Louis Rag..1903..Tom Turpin (New arrangement)

The spectacular rendition of this tune by Jerron and friends inspired me to have a second look at an arrangement that I wrote some years back. I've simplified it somewhat by stripping out most of the chords and adding one or two amendments in some of the more challenging measures. The new arrangement and midi has been added to the library as well as my original...Steve.See More
May 26
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Cottonfield Capers (A Kentucky Coon Hop)...1901..Wm. Christopher O'Hare
"It is my observation that a lot of Lansing's work for Witmark was more or less phoned in.  He was one of a few people (including Fred Dunn and T Phillips) that they used to crank out banjo arrangements of most of the music they had rights…"
May 25
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Cottonfield Capers (A Kentucky Coon Hop)...1901..Wm. Christopher O'Hare

This is my take on a tune that had previously been arranged by George Lansing, his arrangement in both A and C notation can be found in the library. I wrote my arrangement based around the piano score and I took a fresh look at it by adding some of my own embellishments and setting it in F/Dmin/Bb as my preferred key.  The result is a very tuneful and playable banjo solo that does differ from that written by Lansing. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
May 24
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Mop Rag..1909..Helen S. Eaton
" does sound like a breakdown morphing into a rag. I have been accused of negligently mopping the floor. Next time I'm telling her it is a 'slow drag'..."
May 20
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Mop Rag..1909..Helen S. Eaton

This is a very well written one off composition by a composer about whom I've found no information. From the first section and its repeats, you could call this hoe down meets ragtime! It's one of my current favourites and is worth a listen and play. The score and midi are in the library...SteveSee More
May 19
Steve Harrison replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Looking for Dance of the Spooks by Herbert Ellis TBB#401
"Hi Joel, have you had a look at Spooky Spooks by Edward Claypoole?..I did an arrangement some time back and it's in the library. The midi doesn't do it justice as it makes it sound too mechanical but playing it sounds fine....Steve."
May 19
Steve Harrison replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
May 17
Steve Harrison replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"Hi Rob, I've also contacted them but the list they sent me didn't include the gauges of the strings....Steve"
May 17
Steve Harrison replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"Hi All, I contacted The Harp  yesterday requesting a full list of their Bow Brand strings together with the gauges. They promptly replied with two PDF documents listing all the gut and nylon strings. It takes a bit of sorting but…"
May 17
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

The Zulu Wedding Dance...1899..D. A. Epler

This is a good early cakewalk, it's another 'could have been written for banjo' tunes and suits the banjo very well. According to the title page, this was published for a variety of instruments which included banjo. Other than a couple of other compositions, so far I've found no info about the composer. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
May 12
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The Preacher And The Bear..1903..Arthur Longbrake aka Joe Arizona

This is an instrumental arrangement of this popular song which has been recorded by numerous singers over the years. My favourite recording is the one by Arthur Collins, MP3 attached.  It makes a very playable and tuneful banjo solo. All I could discover about Longbrake was that he was a songwriter and music publisher at in the early part of the 20th.century. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
May 8
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Tattered melody Rag (1910)...Hilda Ossusky
"Thanks Marc, it's a pity Ossusky didn't publish more of her work, from the quality of this composition, she must have been a talented musician....Steve. "
May 5

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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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