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Banana Peel Rag (Some Slippery Number)..1913..August Herman "Gus" Winkler

This is the first of two of Winkler's tunes that I've arranged, the second one, Midnight Rag, I'll post later. Both tunes are worthy of a listen and play, especially this one which is my favourite of the two. Winkler came to the US from Austria in 1908 having worked as a ship's waiter and later gained US citizenship. He had a modest musical career and there are 13 known compositions which he had published. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
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Rotation Rag..1911..Al Sweet aka Albert Charles Sweet

This is a pleasing and well written tune with an interesting intro which I particularly like. Sweet was another of the lesser known composers making a living mainly as a jobbing musician and band leader. He wrote around 20 pieces of music and of those I've tracked down, in my opinion this one is the best. Originally written in C/F, I found that F/Bb better suited the banjo. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
Oct 19
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Cole Smoak (A Rag)..1906..Clarence hoard St.John.

Little is known about the composer, he published 20 compositions between 1902 and 1923 including Collars And Cuffs which I arranged some time back, of the two, I prefer this one. It's a well written tune which I've simplified by reducing the number of chords used. The score and midi are in the library.See More
Oct 18
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Johnny-Jump-Ups (A Flowery Rag)..1905..Sydney S. Barker

This is another one off composition by a little known composer. The only information I could find about him is what is shown on the title page. It's a pleasant and melodious tune with just a hint of Habenera throughout. Johnny Jump Ups is not a name commonly used in the UK to describe the wild pansy or viola. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Oct 11
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Cannibal Rag (A Syncopated Jungle Two-Step)..1911..Ed. Dangle

This one of four pieces of music published by the composer, other than that, I've so far found no further information about him.  It's a well written tune that suits the banjo. The original score was written in Bb which I've transposed to C. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Oct 9
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

J.J.J.Rag..1905..Joe Jordan aka Joseph Zachariah Taylor Jordan.

This is another tune that was recorded by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra (MP3 attached). Jordan was one of the lesser regarded ragtime composers but nevertheless, he had a long and productive career and composed a large body of music. This is a pleasant, medium paced rag that works well on banjo. In the original score, the melody notes in the second part are carried as the bottom notes of the chords which were tricky to play on the banjo and didn't sound right, consequently, I've reversed the…See More
Oct 7
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Sandy River Rag...1913..Thomas Stephen Allen
"Yes. I have always had problems with transferring XML files. TablEdit XML xfer is always a mess. I've found that their ABC file xfer is cleaner for some reason. I'm in process of xferring all my old TablEdit files over to Musescore...close…"
Oct 5
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Sandy River Rag...1913..Thomas Stephen Allen
"Hi Marc, For the past 20 years or so I've used Finale PrintMusic as my preferred software but I do have Musescore on my PC so that I can access its music files. The Musescore XML files, apart from a few glitches, are more or less compatible…"
Oct 5
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Sandy River Rag...1913..Thomas Stephen Allen
"Hi Marc, It's no problem to me, it's nice to get a bit of feedback once in a while..Steve."
Oct 4
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Sandy River Rag...1913..Thomas Stephen Allen
"I really hope Steve doesn't mind us blathering on about this stuff. I'm learning! I've found the rag (and many other T.S.Allen pieces on the Musescore site, so I can download them as piano scores and then cut 'n' paste into…"
Oct 4
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Sandy River Rag...1913..Thomas Stephen Allen
"But that is my point, or part of it. F is at least as comfortable as G and often more comfortable. And as Steve has pointed out, his transcription uses closed string chords at 3P.  That is tte same fingering in F two frets lower. Most of the G…"
Oct 4
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Sandy River Rag...1913..Thomas Stephen Allen
"I would assume that they both (Steve and Hildreth) see more comfortable positions for this piece in G...rather than tossing F because of some aesthetic reason."
Oct 4
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Sandy River Rag...1913..Thomas Stephen Allen
"I think F major is a lovely banjo key. It is not a lovely key for rhythm guitar for beginners. But banjo? I don't see G as being more playable than F for ragtime and related music.  All the open strings are used in F, including the B…"
Oct 3
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Sandy River Rag...1913..Thomas Stephen Allen
"Very nice! I have a copy of this (scribbly MS, stamped C.L. Spaulding) from Drew Frech in A notation. I believe he said it had been arranged by Hildreth (one of Jacobs' arrangers, I think). Drew felt it should have been left in F but Hildreth…"
Oct 3
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

The Minstrel band..A Rag..1909..Albert Gumble

Albert Gumble was another prolific composer of the ragtime era and beyond and this tune is, in my opinion, one of his best. My suggested fingering for the 3P chords in the first three sections uses the less common 2nd. 3rd. and 4th. strings. which works well for this tune. this tune. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Oct 2
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Sandy River Rag...1913..Thomas Stephen Allen

This is another first rate composition from T.S.Allen, the piano score was written in F but I've arranged it in G for ease of playing. The staccato notes in the first two bars of the intro make interesting listening but could be played 'straight'. The whole composition has plenty of variety and I particularly like his use of triplets in the first part. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
Sep 30

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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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