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Jolly Darkies..1900..William Burdette Morrison
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Jolly Darkies (1903)..Karl Bechter

Here's Jolly darkies number 3 as mentioned by Marc in his recent post. I managed to get hold of a piano score on which bars 30 to 51 are marked as banjo and appear to be emulating stroke style banjo. The whole score sounds as though it could have been written for banjo. It's a catchy tune and not too challenging to play. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
1 hour ago
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jolly Darkies..1900..William Burdette Morrison
"Alex Magee's recording is in the "original recordings" on this site.  I believe Ossman recorded it commercially but I have not seen a copy."
yesterday
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jolly Darkies..1900..William Burdette Morrison
"And... I found yet another piece titled "Jolly Darkies", by Karl Bechter. Nope, not the same as the other two. Could easily be arranged for banjo... Here's an mp3."
yesterday
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jolly Darkies..1900..William Burdette Morrison
"Here's the mp3 of FVE's arrangement."
yesterday
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jolly Darkies..1900..William Burdette Morrison
"Ok, now I've looked deeper. Yup, different tune from the Morrison piece. The FVE/B&D version is simply a "straightened out and FVE-'tripletized' " version of the dotty B&D version. Since the B&D version says it…"
yesterday
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jolly Darkies..1900..William Burdette Morrison
"I didn't actually look hard at the music so, mea culpa...I assumed they were the same piece."
Thursday
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jolly Darkies..1900..William Burdette Morrison
"I'll have to disagree Marc, while they share a title, they are very different pieces.  Van Eps... https://archive.org/details/vanepsbanjosolos/page/n27/mode/2up I think the spaced out version is from Clifford Essex and follows the B&D…"
Thursday
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jolly Darkies..1900..William Burdette Morrison
"Thanks Marc, I'll have a look at the B&D version, you can't have too many arrangements of a good tune..Steve."
Thursday
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jolly Darkeys..1900..William Burdette Morrison
"This was published (1892) in A notation and tab by Brooks and Denton's "Banjo Collection #1", one of the very first classic-era books I ever saw/purchased. The tab is rudimentary but a big leap forward from Dobson's and…"
Thursday
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Jolly Darkeys..1900..William Burdette Morrison

This is a good example of an early cake walk, it makes a very playable banjo solo and is another of those 'could have been written for banjo' tunes. Morrison published around 30 pieces of his self penned music but he was also known for the arranging of other composers' music and he was one of the key players in the promotion of ragtime music. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
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Big Foot Lou...1898...Joseph Gearen

This is an early one off cakewalk by a composer about whom I could find no information. It has been recorded by The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and features on their More Candy CD. (MP3 attached). It's a great tune and one of my current favourites which makes a very playable banjo solo. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
May 2
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The Ragtime Goblin Man..1912..Harry Von Tilzer.

This is an instrumental version of the comedy ragtime song recorded by Arthur Collins in 1912 (MP3 attached). It makes a great novelty tune for the banjo and is well worth a listen and play. It's one of two tunes written by Von Tilzer with the Goblin Man in the title. I arranged  the other one, The Ghost Of The Goblin Man, a while back, both were first published in 1912 but I don't know which one was written first. The scores and midis are in the library...Steve.…See More
Apr 25
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Under The Double Eagle..1893..J.F.Wagner.
"LOL. I once brought 4 banjos to a jam. All in different tunings so I would not have to spend so much time finding the correct tuning once the tune was called. It was a local OT jam and they had no qualms about bouncing around the keys. The home…"
Apr 25
nick stephens replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Under The Double Eagle..1893..J.F.Wagner.
"I watched Clarke Buehling in a London pub one night and his bass string was up and down all night, he even kept a tuner clipped to his banjo pot for quick accurate retuning, I too am in the camp of "I am not doing that !" Illogical maybe…"
Apr 24
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Oh! You Devil...1909..Ford T. Dabney

This is another tune recorded by The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra on Vol 2 of their Black Manhattan CD. (MP3 attached). It's a very elegant and well written example of ragtime, I took my arrangement from an original piano score but had to simplify it somewhat to make it suitable for banjo. I also changed the key from C to G. It was originally written as a song but so far I've been unable to locate any lyrics or recordings. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
Apr 21

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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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