Steve Harrison
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  • Malvern, Worcestershire
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Popularity (1906)...George M. Cohan
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Rémi on Wednesday.

 

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Steve Harrison replied to Randy Dary's discussion Banjo arrangement of Shanteler guitar piece
"Randy has sent me a copy of his score and it's well worth a look and listen. The transition between guitar and banjo works very well...Steve."
yesterday
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Bunch O' Blackberries (1899)...Abe Holzmann

This is my take on a very melodious and playable early tune by Holzmann. I've kept the arrangement as straightforward as possible and the final result suits the banjo very well. I haven't yet come across any banjo recordings, maybe someone has some info? The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
yesterday
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Darkey's Barbecue (1896).....Vess Ossman
"Hi Shawn, I do occasionally write arrangements of previously arranged tunes, I enjoy the challenge and I like to put my own four pence worth into the music. I've even considered the heresy of having a second look at some of the classics by…"
yesterday
Shawn McSweeny replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Darkey's Barbecue (1896).....Vess Ossman
"That was a huge amount of work Steve. Nice job. However, some inquiries may have saved you the trouble. Ossman recorded this as a banjo solo in key of C, titled "Hot Stuff Patrol". The banjo score for "Hot Stuff Patrol" was…"
yesterday
Rémi replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Popularity (1906)...George M. Cohan
"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROdYcR04mOM"The original was overly long so I've shortened it by omitting some of the repeats and I think it's now just about right". Ha that is a recurent problem for ragtime player, and banjo…"
Wednesday
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Popularity (1906)...George M. Cohan

This is a good composition from the pen of the 'Yankee Doodle Dandy' and is taken from one of his musicals of the same name. It's a good example of his musical versatility. The piano score was in C, I've arranged it in F as it better fits the banjo. The original was overly long so I've shortened it by omitting some of the repeats and I think it's now just about right. The score and midi are in the library....Steve.See More
Oct 15
Randy Dary replied to Steve Harrison's discussion After The Cake Walk (1900)...Robert Natalie Dett
"You appear to be a good guitarist, but your rewrite of Black history is very strange.  Don't get carried away by our nutty US president's use of the word "fake".  Not everything which is printed by trusted media, such…"
Oct 11
Rémi replied to Steve Harrison's discussion After The Cake Walk (1900)...Robert Natalie Dett
"This a great colored rag, i transcribed it recently for guitar and hope to share it here maybe. But I just want to precise a personnal : I don't consider the "Afro-Americans" as "Afro-Americans", I belive this is an…"
Oct 9
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Banjo Serenade (1901)..Reginald de Koven.

 This is an updated arrangement of a tune I did some years ago, I was reminded of it by Randy Dary and decided to give it a second look. It is a song from a musical comedy called "The Little Duchess" rather than an instrumental piece, however it does make for a very pleasant and playable banjo solo with a very apt title and is well worth a look and listen, my revamped score and midi are in the library......Steve. See More
Oct 2
Steve Harrison replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Yet another rare recording by Fred Van Eps turns up!
"Hi Ian, I did an arrangement of this some years ago that's available in the library..Steve."
Sep 22
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Spooky Spooks (1916)......Edward. B. Claypoole
"Hi Joel, Ian has reloaded it....Steve."
Sep 21
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Spooky Spooks (1916)......Edward. B. Claypoole
"Thanks Steve!  Unfortunately the PDF is really grainy or low rez.  Could you upload a better copy?  Can't wait to dig in!"
Sep 21
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Spooky Spooks (1916)......Edward. B. Claypoole

This rather good novelty number was requested by Joel Hooks some time back, unfortunately, I only recently saw his message in my inbox so many apologies for the lateness. It suits the banjo very well and is well worth a look and listen. The score and midis are in the library...Steve.See More
Sep 20
Steve Harrison replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Old Folks at Home Vess Ossman.. Too Fast?
"I think he must have had an early case of bluegrass disease....Steve."
Sep 19
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Sep 18
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The Chocolate Cake Walk (1901)....James Fairfield.

This is a delightful early cakewalk which is well worth a listen. I've given it the full banjo treatment and it makes for a very good solo and is not too much of a challenge to play. I could find no information about the composer nor could I find any other music published by him. As it's so well written, it could possibly have been composed by one of the popular composers of the day using a pseudonym. Maybe someone has some further information?  The score and midi are in the library...Steve. See More
Sep 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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