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American Patrol (1885) Frank White Meacham.
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Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion American Patrol (1885) Frank White Meacham.
"Thanks Marc, It's another of my arrangements of a tune that wouldn't necessarily be associated with classic banjo but I'm pleased with the result. You could pick and mix the bits that you wish to play rather than playing the whole…"
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion American Patrol (1885) Frank White Meacham.
"Excellent, Steve! I would have a very hard time not giving this one a very hard swing, a la Glen Miller. I grew up with the GM version playing routinely on my parent's sound system..."
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American Patrol (1885) Frank White Meacham.

This iconic American March is currently my favourite out of all my recent march arrangements. I've taken it from an original piano arrangement in which is included Edward Berg's 'Red White And Blue'. I've trimmed it down it and have arrived at a pretty good approximation of the original score. Though I say so myself, it makes a great banjo march. Both marches could be played as solos in their own right. My apologies to Glen Miller!....The score and midi are in the library...Streve.…See More
Steve Harrison replied to thereallyniceman's discussion New website addition .. Work in Progress !
"Hi Ian, Have a look in the library, I did an arrangement of this G. L. Cobb tune some time back...Steve."
Jun 29
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Old Faithful (1907)...A march by Abe Holzmann

Although not as well known, this march by Holzmann is in my opinion one of his best and certainly rates along side Blaze Away. My arrangement has a couple of bass solos and it makes a great banjo march. I've added a recording by the Arthur Pryor Band which is worth a listen. The score and midi are in the Library...Steve.See More
Jun 28
Steve Harrison commented on Jerron Paxton's video

Buffalo Rag

"Hi Jerron, that was an awesome rendition of one of Turpin's best tunes, well done. Some time back, I arranged all of Turpin's rags and they can be found in the library.....Steve."
Jun 20
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Black Wasp Rag (A stinger!) 1911...H.A.Fischler.

This is my penultimate Fischler arrangement and is another very good example of classic ragtime. The original piano score is in Bb, for ease of playing I've  arranged it in C and lowered the last part by an octave. The score and midi are in the library...Sorry Marc, this is another goody for your to do list!..Steve.See More
Jun 15
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Chilli Sauce Rag (1910)..H. A. Fischler
"Hi Marc, and there's more..I'm working on Fischlers remaining two rags, I'm dividing my time between arranging and building my third cigar box guitar but they should be finished pretty soon...Steve."
Jun 14
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Chilli Sauce Rag (1910)..H. A. Fischler
"I knew this would be a great banjo tune! Well done. Dammit, I didn't need another piece to start working on... ;-)"
Jun 14
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Chilli Sauce Rag (1910)..H. A. Fischler

This is another tune by Fischler that was mentioned by Marc in a previous post and very good it is too. It's one of the few rags written in a minor key and suits the banjo very well and is worth a look and listen. I've another two of his rags to complete and I will have arranged all seven that he had published.  The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Jun 13
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Hot Scotch Rag (1911)...H.A.Fischler
"Thanks Marc, it's a good tune to play with some interesting syncopation. I've almost completed Chili Sauce Rag, another goody from Fischler, I'll be posting it over the next few days...Steve."
Jun 12
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Hot Scotch Rag (1911)...H.A.Fischler
"Well done, Steve. Definitely a tuneful piece. I find that I am able to more easily play pieces that have recognizable bits, so anything that has "borrowed" melodies is going to be on my radar."
Jun 12
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Hot Scotch Rag (1911)...H.A.Fischler

This is the fourth of Fischler's tunes that I've arranged for banjo. It was mentioned by Marc in an earlier post and it is a delightful novelty rag in which Fischler has cleverly woven a number of Scottish airs into the composition. I've identified Annie Laurie and Bluebells of Scotland (Highland Laddie) as being among the mix, maybe someone could identify the others. It moves along at a sedate tempo and It's not too challenging to play, it's well a look and listen and is my current favourite.…See More
Jun 11
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Dixieland (Old Black Joe) 1902..Chauncey Haines

This is a novelty rag and one of several variations written around Dixie/Old Black Joe but in my opinion, this is one of the better ones. The second part,OBJ, is written as a march/two step which I've arranged as a bass solo and could make a good bass solo practice piece. The piano score is written in D/G, my arrangement is in G/C . The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
Jun 8
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Pepper Sauce Rag (1910)...Harry Augustus Fischler
"I would think the gentleman has got a "Rheumatiz" in his foot. Gout is very specific to the big toe joint...and yes, very commonly made fun of as it was associated with the rich (and overweight), who could eat a lot of meat and rich foods.…"
Jun 4
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Pepper Sauce Rag (1910)...Harry Augustus Fischler
"They did a couple of films where Oliver had gout.  Each time he had a huge bandaged foot."
Jun 4

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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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