Steve Harrison
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  • Malvern, Worcestershire
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Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Policy King (1905)..Carles .B. brown.

This is my take on a tune that was recorded by Fred Van Eps and Vess Ossman, both of which can be found in 'original recordings'. This is  the second tune I've arranged with Policy in the title, the first one being Policy Sam (well worth a listen and play), I believe that Policy is a reference to the numbers racket that was prevalent in the US in the early part of the 20th century. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
Jan 11
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Old Crow Rag (1909)...George Botsford.
"Thanks Carrie, Botsford wrote some great rags, I've arranged six of them so far (in the library) and I've a few more to look at in my to do folder...Steve."
Jan 11
carrie horgan replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Old Crow Rag (1909)...George Botsford.
"That's a great tune.  I love that cover art as well."
Jan 11
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Old Crow Rag (1909)...George Botsford.

Continuing my exploration of the works of GB, this is, in my opinion, one of his best. It works well on banjo and is well worth a look and listen. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Jan 8
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

The Pianofiends Rag (1909)..George Botsford..As played and featured by Jesse Laskey's Pianofiends.

This is one GB's lesser known tunes and from the front cover of the score, it was obviously composed for Jesse Laskey about whom I could find nothing.  I've suggested that the descending triplets in the first two bars of the second part are played on the third string. I experimented with different permutations and found it the most comfortable way to play them. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
Jan 1
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'The Thriller Rag (classic banjo)

"Hi Carrie, Well done, that was a very good performance of one of the best pieces of ragtime music. Aufderheide deserves more recognition for her compositions. I suppose being a women in what was then a man's domain hasn't…"
Dec 26, 2019
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Grizzly Bear Rag (1910)...George Botsford
"Thanks Marc, I'll probably post a few more of his tunes after Xmas...Steve. "
Dec 15, 2019
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Grizzly Bear Rag (1910)...George Botsford
"Well done, Steve. This is one of the great rags. "
Dec 15, 2019
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Grizzly Bear Rag (1910)...George Botsford

This is another of my favourite GB compositions, it works well on the banjo and isn't too challenging to play. I've a few more of his tunes on my to do list which I'll post in due course. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Dec 12, 2019
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Hyacinth Rag (1911)...George Botsford.
"A delight! I have always liked Botsford's stuff. Chatterbox, Old Crow, Grizzly Bear, etc."
Dec 8, 2019
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Hyacinth Rag (1911)...George Botsford.

This is another fine composition from GB and in my opinion one of his best. It works well on the banjo and isn't too challenging to play and is well worth a try. The score and midi are in the library..Steve.e score and midi are in the library...Steve. See More
Dec 8, 2019
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Chatterbox Rag (1910)....George Botsford.

This may not in the same league as his Black & White rag but it's still a very good composition by GB that suits the banjo very well. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Nov 27, 2019
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Prancing Pickaninnies (1897)...Max Dreyfus

This is good example of early 'folk' ragtime music written at the very beginning of ragtime. Most of these early tunes are well suited to be played on the banjo and this is no exception. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Nov 23, 2019
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Flying Arrow (1906)...Abe Holtzmann.

This is one of AH's lesser known tunes and described as an Indian Intermezzo, it is typical of similar tunes of that genre written at that time. It suits the banjo well albeit that I had to rewrite a couple of bars and play around with the octaves to get it all to fit. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Nov 19, 2019
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Bees Wax Rag (1911)..Harry James Lincoln.

Here is another very tuneful composition by HJL. I had to do a bit of editing here and there to make it all fit but the end result is very pleasing. I changed the inversions of Dim7th chords in bars 34-35 and on the piano score, bars 30-33 are written as repeats of bars 26-29 but to make it a bit more interesting, I substituted them for what is played by the piano LH. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
Nov 16, 2019
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Hunky Dory (1900)...Abe Holtzmann
"Hi Joel, Many thanks for our kind comment, this is my 575th arrangement and after doing so many, I often use ideas that have worked before as I'm sure did CE. You'll probably find that as I do, he took his arrangements from piano scores so…"
Nov 14, 2019

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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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