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That Demon Rag.(1910)..William "Russell" Smith.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Harrison on Saturday.

Bell Hop Rag (1914)...Frederick M. Bryan.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Milwaukee Matzen Feb 24.

 

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Pork and Beans Rag (1913)..Charles Luckyth "Lucky" Roberts.

This is another tune recorded by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra (MP3 attached) and is very different to most other rags written at the time. Together with James P. Johnson, Roberts was a pioneer of stride piano playing and his later music was very much jazz related. This is reflected in his choice of the  chord progressions used in this tune. It wasn't easy to arrange for banjo but I think I've had a reasonable stab at it. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
6 hours ago
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion That Demon Rag.(1910)..William "Russell" Smith.
"Hi Marc, thanks for your comment. What I try to do with most of my arrangements is to combine both the LH and RH sections of the piano score by adding a few chords here and there or by inserting some of the bass runs to fill the gaps in the…"
Saturday
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion That Demon Rag.(1910)..William "Russell" Smith.
"Very nice! I love that cover...but it looks so modern. Most rags (at least the ones I've been playing with) sound better as duets or trios. Of course, it allows more broader application of the original piano harmonies...but it adds the often…"
Friday
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

That Demon Rag.(1910)..William "Russell" Smith.

This is another of the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra's tunes (MP3 attached) taken from the CD of the same name. It makes a good banjo solo but in my opinion would probably sound better played as a duet. It follows the orignal score closely but I had to be inventive with the 3rd part to arrive at a suitable arrangement that would suit the banjo. The Paragon MP3 is attached for those who may wish to make a comparison.   The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
Friday
Milwaukee Matzen replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Bell Hop Rag (1914)...Frederick M. Bryan.
"Very cool! I can hear you fairly easily without headphones. I think I am going to pick up that set of CD’s once I get some more spending money. At the moment, one can get all three CD’s for $30 (33% off) via the PRO’s website."
Feb 24
Paul Draper replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Bell Hop Rag (1914)...Frederick M. Bryan.
"Great to see you discussing the PRO!  Check out Vol. 3 of the Black Manhattan series.  I was very lucky to be asked to play “minstrel banjo” on one of the songs: James Bland’s “Oh Dem Golden Slippers”…"
Feb 23
Milwaukee Matzen replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Bell Hop Rag (1914)...Frederick M. Bryan.
"Very cool! I tried finding him in the book but was unsuccessful."
Feb 23
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Bell Hop Rag (1914)...Frederick M. Bryan.
"Thanks for the info, I'll have a look at this. Here's a picture I came across of W.C. Handy and Bryan...Steve"
Feb 23
Milwaukee Matzen replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Bell Hop Rag (1914)...Frederick M. Bryan.
"Sounds great! I looked up the song to see what Paragon Ragtime Orchestra album it is featured on. It’s on a CD entitled “Black Manhattan, Vol. 2”. It is one of a three in a three volume series. I found this especially…"
Feb 23
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Bell Hop Rag (1914)...Frederick M. Bryan.

Having been introduced to the excellent Paragon Ragtime Orchestra by Milwaukee, I searched out some of their YouTube recordings and came across this tune (MP3 attached). It's more of a foxtrot than a rag and although written in 1914, it has the style of something more closely associated with the early jazz music of the 1920s. All I was able to discover about the composer was that he was an associate of W.C.Handy and his Memphis Blues Band.  I was a little apprehensive that it would work on…See More
Feb 22
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Knock Out Drops..(1910)..Frank "Henri" Klickmann
"Hi, I found this track on youtube and very good it is too albeit that it's played at a much faster tempo than my arrangement. I'd not heard of the Paragon Orchestra prior to your comment and I will certainly give them some attention in the…"
Feb 19
Milwaukee Matzen replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Knock Out Drops..(1910)..Frank "Henri" Klickmann
"Very cool! I just got this CD which includes the tune played by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra in the mail last week."
Feb 19
Steve Harrison replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Banjo setup and phasing issue?
"I've experimented with various tailpieces over the years and for some of my banjos I've manufactured and fitted a Weaver type floating tailpiece. I know that sound and tone is very subjective but to my ears it works well and makes the…"
Feb 17
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Knock Out Drops..(1910)..Frank "Henri" Klickmann

This is a very tuneful and well written medium paced rag which could be played as a slow drag.  The piano score was in C, to make it more banjo friendly I've set it in G. I had to rewrite bar 35 as it was originally a piano glissando that was impossible to play on the banjo. In the second part, I've emulated  what was written on piano score by using octave parings between the 1st. and 4th. strings which I think works well. This is the fifth Klickmann  tune that I've arranged and the others are…See More
Feb 12
Steve Harrison replied to Trapdoor2's discussion The Incandescent Rag - George Botsford
"Hi marc, That's a great arrangement of one of Botsford's rags that I hadn't heard before. It works very well on banjo and is now on my play list. When I do  arrangements, it's rare not find at least one or two errors on the…"
Feb 12
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Peroxide Rag (1910)..Dr. Calvin Lee Woolsey

This is the third medical themed rag written by Dr. Woolsey and in my opinion it's the best of the three and worth a look/listen. The original key was Eb but I've set it in C as it better fits the banjo. He dedicated this tune to the Missouri State Medical Board for whom he worked. The score and midi are in the library...SteveSee More
Feb 9

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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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