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Whoa! Maud (1909)..Will H. Etter
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Harrison yesterday.

Whoa! You Heifer (1905)..A warm Rag..Al.Verges.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Sep 13.

 

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Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Whoa! Maud (1909)..Will H. Etter
"Hi Marc, thanks for the info, Maud is unknown in the UK...Steve."
yesterday
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Whoa! Maud (1909)..Will H. Etter
"Ah...one of my favorite early newspaper cartoons. "And her name was Maud" was created by F. B. Opper, who is more famous for his "Happy Hooligan" and "Alphonse and Gaston" cartoons. Maud was really just a one-trick-mule…"
Thursday
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Whoa! Maud (1909)..Will H. Etter

This is a very tuneful two step written by another composer about whom I could find very little information. I kept the arrangement simple by stripping out all the chords and using just single notes. It works well and is not too challenging to play. The score and midi are in the library.See More
Thursday
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Ole' South (1909)..A Plantation Dance..Henry Lodge.

This is one of HL's lesser known works, anyone who likes Sunflower Dance should like this as it's similar in structure and the use of dotted notes. I jokingly describe it as Sunflower Dance on steroids! Like many composers, he's incorporated some popular tunes in the composition. Swanee River and Old Folks appear in the second part but I can't put a name to any of the others. This is an extremely good piece of music and is well worth a listen, especially the second and third pages of the score.…See More
Sep 14
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Whoa! You Heifer (1905)..A warm Rag..Al.Verges.
"And sometimes it makes the change after I have scrolled down and no longer see the sentence whose meaning has now been changed, made meaningless, or made to mean the opposite of what I meant. I have also seen a change happen *after* I clicked…"
Sep 13
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Whoa! You Heifer (1905)..A warm Rag..Al.Verges.
"Hi Joel..even MS auto-correct can be a pain if you don't double check everything...Steve."
Sep 13
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Whoa! You Heifer (1905)..A warm Rag..Al.Verges.
"Ah! That is because my iPad decided it knew want I wanted to write more than I did. ”I like the B part of this one” is what I actually wrote.  I find that apple mobile products have started to change things in sentences based on…"
Sep 13
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Whoa! You Heifer (1905)..A warm Rag..Al.Verges.
"Hi Joel, a misunderstanding on my part, I thought you had written another B part, sorry for the confusion...Steve."
Sep 13
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Whoa! You Heifer (1905)..A warm Rag..Al.Verges.
Sep 13
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Whoa! You Heifer (1905)..A warm Rag..Al.Verges.
"Hi Joel, would you be able to post the B part?....Steve."
Sep 13
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Whoa! You Heifer (1905)..A warm Rag..Al.Verges.
"I did the B part of this one, nice work!"
Sep 13
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Whoa! You Heifer (1905)..A warm Rag..Al.Verges.
"Hi Marc, the video really is something and seeing it played by a ragtime orchestra puts the tune into context. I can now envisage how it would sound played by a banjo ensemble and given the full treatment. The brief biography of Al Verges adds an…"
Sep 12
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Whoa! You Heifer (1905)..A warm Rag..Al.Verges.
"https://youtu.be/W07fno0ZjQ4 In this wonderful video, the tuba player talks about Al Verges and I think mentions another piece of his."
Sep 12
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Whoa! You Heifer (1905)..A warm Rag..Al.Verges.

I could find nothing about the composer or any other published work by him/her which is a pity because this is a very good example of ragtime with plenty of variation. It suits the banjo well and could also be played as a slow drag if you wish. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
Sep 12
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Cuttin' Monkey Shines (1899) Roy Spaulding Stoughton

This is the first published composition by Stoughton, written when he was just 16 years of age. He was an organist and composer of a wide genre of music including a ballet and two operettas. This cakewalk was his only ragtime composition. I have never heard the expression 'Cutting the Monkey' used in the UK but I am aware that to some in the US, it may have racial overtones. The tune itself is a very good example of early ragtime and suits the banjo very well.…See More
Sep 9
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Lazy Luke (1905)..'A Raggy Drag'..Geo. J. Philpot
"Another rag that just sounds great on the banjo. Well done, Steve!"
Sep 6

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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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