Steve Harrison
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Nov 28
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Ramblin' Mose (1913)..John Frederic Barth

This is a very well composed tune with plenty of variety throughout. I'd not come across anything by Barth until this one. He had several other of his compositions published but in my opinion, this is the best of them. I've also written a second simplified arrangement, this  follows the main arrangement ( see pages 3 and 4). I've stripped down most of the chords making it less challenging to play. The scores and midi are in the library....Steve.…See More
Nov 25
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Carpet Rags (1903)...Raymond W. Connor

I have so far been unable to find any information about Connor or any other works written by him which is a pity because this is a very good example of early ragtime. The use of 1/16th rests produces an interesting staccato syncopation, it's tricky to play but the overall effect is worth a try. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Nov 20
Steve Harrison replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"Hi Richie, I find that Autosol chrome cleaner bought from a local motor parts shop does the job....Steve."
Nov 17
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Prancin' Jimmy..A Ragtime Dream.. (1899)..Edward B. Claypoole.

This a very pleasing early 'folk' rag and the first that was published by Claypoole..The piano score is written in G, I've transposed it to C for ease of playing. It makes a good banjo solo and the score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Nov 15
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Alabama Jigger (1912)..Edward B. Claypoole.

This is my 5th arrangement of a tune by Claypoole, the piano score was in C/F but to make everything fit, I've arranged it in F/Bb. It's a catchy tune with some nice chord progressions. Claypoole was never a full time musician, he was born in Baltimore and lived most of his life there working as a court clerk for 45 years. His first composition, Prancin' Jimmy, was published in 1899 and he continued composing for the next 5 decades publishing his last piece in 1951. The score and midi are in…See More
Nov 11
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Aunt Minervy Ann (A Dusky Belle)..(1901)...Fred. Brownold.

This is a pleasant ragtime two-step the title of which was taken from a book published in 1899  by Joel Chandler Harris called 'The Chronicles of Aunt Minervy Anne'. Harris also wrote the Uncle Remus stories featuring the adventures of Br'er Rabbit. Using the pseudonym Ted Brown, Brownold composed another Harris inspired  tune called Remus Barn Dance the arrangement of which I've partially completed. The score and midi for Aunt Minervy are in the library...Steve.See More
Nov 5
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Cotton Bolls (1901)...Charles Hunter.

This is Hunter's 4th published ragtime tune and the 6th of his tunes for which I've written an arrangement. The piano score is in Ab/Db, I've arranged it in C/F for ease of playing. Like many of his ilk, Hunter lived a sporting life, playing in bars and brothels and already suffering from TB, his lifestyle finally caught up with him and he died in 1906, just short of his 30th birthday. He wrote a further two rags before his death which I'll look at later. The score and midi are in the…See More
Oct 31
Steve Harrison commented on TONY BRYAN's video


"The score for Bushrangers has now been added to the library, it's a copy of a copy but I've cleaned it up as best I could...Steve."
Oct 28
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

You're A Grand Old Flag (1906)..George M. Cohan.

This is another of Cohan's well known songs and one that was suggested by Richard. It's a very 'busy' arrangement and you have to be a bit nifty getting around the fret board with some of the chord changes, never the less, it's worked out better than I expected and sounds fine on banjo. I've downloaded an mp3 of Billy Murray's 1906 recording of the song. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
Oct 25
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Yankee Doodle Boy (Yankee Doodle Dandy) 1904...George M. Cohan.
"Thanks Richard, all I need to do now is a bit of practice, my 72 years old fingers aren't what they used to be! I'll have look at what I can do with Grand Old Flag...Steve."
Oct 23
Richard William Ineson replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Yankee Doodle Boy (Yankee Doodle Dandy) 1904...George M. Cohan.
"A nice arrangement of this well known tune Steve, 'You're a Grand Old Flag' is another one which is worth playing. "
Oct 23
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Yankee Doodle Boy (Yankee Doodle Dandy) 1904...George M. Cohan.

After Richard mentioned his liking for the music of Cohan, I browsed through some of his compositions and wrote this barnstorming arrangement of what is probably his most well known and popular song. It cracks along at a fair old pace and makes a great banjo tune. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Oct 22
Steve Harrison replied to nick stephens's discussion name that tune please
"Hi Richard, Some time back, I did do an arrangement of Popularity Rag by Cohan which can be found in the library...Steve."
Oct 21
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Joy-Boy (1916)...A. J. Weidt.

Despite the rather uninspiring title, this a gem of a composition by AJW. As with many of his tunes, it was originally written for guitar. The piano score came from  issue 3, volume 1 of The Tuneful Yankee magazine, the online archive of which can be accessed on the following website.'s my current favourite AJW tune and in my…See More
Oct 19
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Sympathetic Jasper (1905)..A Drag Rag..Edward Lester Catlin

This one of only two known compositions by Catlin, in his day he was better known as  a jobbing musician having been born into a musical family. He died at the young age of 28 years.This my 6th arrangement featuring Jasper. He's stuttered, shuffled and now shows his human side by being sympathetic. It's a good tune and should be played as a slow drag. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
Oct 18

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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
Thanks Steve.It sounds great.
At 8:59am on September 19, 2012, thereallyniceman gave Steve Harrison a gift
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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