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I Got The Blues (1908)...Antonio Maggio
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Jul 28.

 

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Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Who are they? (banjo players)

Does anyone know who the the banjo players are featured on this music cover?....Steve.See More
Friday
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Keep Moving (1915)...William White

This is a catchy cake walk and the only known tune published under the composer's name. I could find no info on White but it's such a well written piece that maybe White was a pseudonym for one of the more popular composers of the time. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Aug 7
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion I Got The Blues (1908)...Antonio Maggio
"Interesting. Sort of a simple main theme washed thru a basic blues...with a little ragtime syncopation added to spice it up a bit. Well done!"
Jul 28
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

I Got The Blues (1908)...Antonio Maggio

This is considered to be the earliest published blues with 'blues' in the title. The background to the tune and its composer is an interesting read and can be accessed on the following; http://www.saveblues.org/2017/07/27/814/The piano score splits the melody fairly evenly between the bass clef (LH) and treble clef (RH), I had to be inventive by moving around the octaves to arrive at a close approximation that could be played on the banjo.…See More
Jul 28
Richard William Ineson replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Semper Fidelis (1888)..John Philip Sousa.
"I've just had a look and found quite a lot of music which I've posted on the site is in the 'photos' section, don't know why, but it needs transferring tot he music library if someone has got a few hours to spare."
Jul 26
Richard William Ineson replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Semper Fidelis (1888)..John Philip Sousa.
"Yes, I've got a good collection of banjo music, 90% of which is not really worth playing, in my opinion but I've put a few things on the site over the years.  It's hard to decide what people really want, much of the music…"
Jul 26
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Semper Fidelis (1888)..John Philip Sousa.
"Hi Richard, you must have collected a gold mine of banjo music over the years, have you considered sorting out a few goodies to share with us?...Steve."
Jul 26
Richard William Ineson replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Semper Fidelis (1888)..John Philip Sousa.
"Hunter arranged Liberty Bell, Corcoran Cadets, March of the Rifle Regiment and King Cotton. Liberty Bell is very good. Cammeyer issued an album of Sousa marches some of which will be in my crumbling pile of music, and then Essex did a thin version…"
Jul 25
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Semper Fidelis (1888)..John Philip Sousa.
"Hi Marc, I've had a look at them and I see what you mean, maybe they would benefit from a fresh appraisal, I'll put them on my to do list....Steve."
Jul 23
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Semper Fidelis (1888)..John Philip Sousa.
"The Library of Congress online collection has 12 of Sousa's banjo arrangements...and I think I have two more. Don't have this one though. Well done! Funny, I was thinking of doing "Manhattan Beach", just for fun. Most of his…"
Jul 23
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Semper Fidelis (1888)..John Philip Sousa.

As there were only two marches by Sousa in the Library, I decided to arrange another of his classic marches for banjo. The piano score was in C but I arranged it in G as it better fitted the banjo. I expect that there must be other arrangements out in Banjo Land, maybe if anyone has one it could be added to the library. The score and midi are in the library....Steve…See More
Jul 22
Steve Harrison replied to Brice Alms's discussion Are there classic banjo tab instruction books?
"Hi Dave, have you had a look at any of my arrangements?  At last count I've reached number 482, all written in standard notation. For the past three years or so, I've used a sort of 'pseudo tab' by adding position indicators…"
Jul 21
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The American Rag (A Patriotic Medley) (1909)....Harry L. Newman & Roy Barton
"LOL. That looks like a workout. I'm with you, Dixie and Marching Thru Georgia are standouts. Rally Round The Flag got lost in the syncopation and Maryland is too much like Oh Tannenbaum... Cool piece though."
Jul 17
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

The American Rag (A Patriotic Medley) (1909)....Harry L. Newman & Roy Barton

This is a selection of 9 patriotic tunes given the ragtime treatment and is very well done indeed. The tunes are; Dixie, The Girl I left behind me aka Brighton Camp, Rally Round The Flag, My Maryland, Yankee Doodle, Star Spangled Banner, Marching Through Georgia, Red, White and Blue and finishing with America (My country 'tis of thee).My favourites are Dixie and Marching Through Georgia.I've simplified my arrangement as much as possible by omitting some of the chords and rewriting a few bits…See More
Jul 17
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion A La Georgia Jubilee (1899)...Carl Lexhoizt
"Hi Marc, good comments, I couldn't find any info about Lexhoizt, maybe some knowledge of his musical background may cast some light on this...Steve."
Jul 14
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion A La Georgia Jubilee (1899)...Carl Lexhoizt
"Interesting! "Soap suds against the Fence" is sooooo close to the name of a common traditional fiddle-tune called "Soapsuds over the Fence" or "Throw the soap suds over the fence". Usually played in D maj...sounds…"
Jul 13

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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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