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Hunky Dory (1900)...Abe Holtzmann
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Flying Arrow (1906)...Abe Holtzmann.

This is one of AH's lesser known tunes and described as an Indian Intermezzo, it is typical of similar tunes of that genre written at that time. It suits the banjo well albeit that I had to rewrite a couple of bars and play around with the octaves to get it all to fit. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
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Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Bees Wax Rag (1911)..Harry James Lincoln.

Here is another very tuneful composition by HJL. I had to do a bit of editing here and there to make it all fit but the end result is very pleasing. I changed the inversions of Dim7th chords in bars 34-35 and on the piano score, bars 30-33 are written as repeats of bars 26-29 but to make it a bit more interesting, I substituted them for what is played by the piano LH. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
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Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Hunky Dory (1900)...Abe Holtzmann
"Hi Joel, Many thanks for our kind comment, this is my 575th arrangement and after doing so many, I often use ideas that have worked before as I'm sure did CE. You'll probably find that as I do, he took his arrangements from piano scores so…"
Nov 14
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Hunky Dory (1900)...Abe Holtzmann
"Hi Carrie, it's similar to the title page of Smokey Mokes and Bunch of Blackberries...Steve."
Nov 14
carrie horgan replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Hunky Dory (1900)...Abe Holtzmann
"I wonder who the sheet music artist was.  It's kind of refreshing compared to the usual cartoon racial stereotyping.  Maybe I should stay off this topic... anyway, cool tune!"
Nov 13
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Hunky Dory (1900)...Abe Holtzmann
"Hi Steve! It is interesting how close your arrangement is to this one... https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1qe5x33ypnq2o6m/AACnnUQfzhPk-8En3x5okWsQa?dl=0 I guess great minds think alike.  The use of harmonies are a little different and the trios…"
Nov 13
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Hunky Dory (1900)...Abe Holtzmann

It was only after I'd completed this arrangement that I found  recordings of the tune by Vess Ossman and Ruby Brooks in original recordings. It's one of Holzmann's 'standards' and very much has the sound of Smokey Mokes about it in parts. The score and midi are in the library....Steve.See More
Nov 13
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Some Pumpkins (1908)...Edward Emery Kuhn
"Hi Carrie, you're welcome, if there are any more you'd like me to do just ask...Steve."
Nov 3
carrie horgan replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Some Pumpkins (1908)...Edward Emery Kuhn
"Great arrangement, Steve - I hoped it might work well on the banjo.  Thanks very much!"
Nov 3
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Some Pumpkins (1908)...Edward Emery Kuhn

Here's my arrangement of the tune suggested by Carrie Horgan, it's worked out very well and it does suit the banjo. I've raised bars 64-70 in the trio by an octave which gives the tune a nice lift but they could be played in the lower octave if you wished. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Nov 3
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Rainbow (1905)...Percy Wenrich

This another good composition from PW and is described as an Indian Intermezzo. The trio morphs into a march which I've repeated in the high and low octaves and it ends with a repeat of the first part. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Nov 2
carrie horgan replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Ghost Walk (1922)..George Linus Cobb..(Something for Halloween).
"Thanks Steve - yes, she composed some crackers. Dusty Rag is another great tune. I look forward to seeing how 'Some Pumpkins' translates to banjo.  Keep up the good work :)"
Oct 31
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Ghost Walk (1922)..George Linus Cobb..(Something for Halloween).
"Hi Carrie, I've located a score for Some Pumpkins and it's on my to do list. I've arranged all of Aufderheides's published tunes and all of them are worth a try and I agree that The Thriller is particularly suited to…"
Oct 30
carrie horgan replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Ghost Walk (1922)..George Linus Cobb..(Something for Halloween).
"Interesting tune, Steve.  On a loosely Halloween theme, have you heard of a tune by Ed Kuhn called 'Some Pumpkins'?  It is very catchy - would it translate well to the banjo?  I'm currently working on your arrangement…"
Oct 30
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

The Ghost Walk (1922)..George Linus Cobb..(Something for Halloween).

This tune sits nicely in the same box as the Skeleton dance albeit slightly more of a challenge to play. It's in 6/8 time and GLC has used lots of 'spooky' chords and chord changes which adds to the atmosphere of the whole piece. It was originally written in Bb/Gm for piano and it was tricky to adapt for banjo but I'm pleased with the final result, I've set it in G/Em. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Oct 30
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Silver Fox (1915)..A Raggy Foxtrot..Henry Lodge.
"I'm retired? ;-) I've been so busy with moving the household to South Carolina that I hardly have felt it. Today I finally turned off all my 'wake up' alarms...another big step! Miz Diane has taken to calling me her "house…"
Oct 25

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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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