Steve Harrison
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  • Malvern, Worcestershire
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Steve Harrison left a comment for German David Patarroyo
"Hi German, this is probably the only Joplin tune I haven't yet arranged, leave it with me and I'm sure I can come up with something playable...Steve."
7 hours ago
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Dixie Kicks (1908)..Percy Wenrich

Another good composition by Wenrich, it's a very tuneful example of early ragtime and worth a listen and play. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
8 hours ago
German David Patarroyo left a comment for Steve Harrison
"Hi Steve, Do you have an arrangement of Solace (A Mexican Serenade)?. I just love that tune of Joplin and I would like to try it. Many people know the last section due The Sting, but the other sections are also great"
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Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Humpty Dumpty Rag (1914) Charles Theodore "Charley" Straight.
"Steve: My point is that by moving it to G you may have made it *harder* to play.  I can't find anything in my comments that complains about tweaking the rules.  Ian: the triplets are difficult and maybe impossible using the fingering…"
Apr 12
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Humpty Dumpty Rag (1914) Charles Theodore "Charley" Straight.
"I note your comments Jody, all can say is that whenever I write an arrangement, at the back of my mind is a thought to make the tune as playable as possible and if that means rewriting, simplifying or deviating from the original piano score then so…"
Apr 12
thereallyniceman replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Humpty Dumpty Rag (1914) Charles Theodore "Charley" Straight.
"I have been looking at this piece too and, Jody, I am impressed that you feel that the grace triplets can be played fast enough!  I have been struggling with them, and the first section for a couple of days and am still struggling!  I feel…"
Apr 12
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Humpty Dumpty Rag (1914) Charles Theodore "Charley" Straight.
"I've had a look and listen  and I agree this is a good tune and a good one for banjo. It took me a while to figure out what you meant by "F".   The linked recording is in F minor.  But the sheet music and piano versions…"
Apr 12
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Humpty Dumpty Rag (1914) Charles Theodore "Charley" Straight.
"For anyone whose had a look at this, bars 22 and 23 have been amended as has the midi and the amended versions are now in the library. For those that haven't yet had a look/listen, it's well worth doing so, in my opinion, this is one of…"
Apr 12
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Humpty Dumpty Rag (1914) Charles Theodore "Charley" Straight.

This is a peach of a tune and well worth getting your fingers round. I've replaced the triplet grace notes in the original, which were unplayable on banjo, with normal triplets. I've transposed it from F to G to be played in open G tuning.I've also added plenty of fret numbers and position indicators and my suggested fingering for the opening bars leans towards melodic style but it could be played using descending E minor chords at 8P, 4B and 1P.The Trio is my favourite part, it's classic…See More
Apr 10
Steve Harrison replied to Anthony Derycke's discussion tightening keys for an old Alfred Weaver?
"If you are handy with a drill and file, it is possible to make one as I did some years ago. Take a 4cm lenth of 1cm diameter brass bar, drill a 5mm hole into one end and then square it off using a small square section file. It's a bit fiddly so…"
Apr 10
Steve Harrison commented on thereallyniceman's blog post Classic Banjo Study Group
"With regard to the RH fingering, I have larger than average hands and as the result of a rugby injury I sustained in my youth, the first joint of the second finger right hand is deformed and when flexed, it bends about 15 degrees towards the first…"
Apr 6
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Apr 6
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Raggy Rag (1909) Floyd Willis

This is a very melodic medium paced rag that's well worth a listen. It's well written and ticks all the ragtime boxes. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Mar 31
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Mandy's Broadway Stroll (1898) Thomas M. Brody

This is a delightful early cake walk in which TMB has made use of some interesting syncopation. The original score was written in Eb and in 4/4 time, for ease of playing and reading, I've arranged it in C and in 2/4 time. The score and midi are in the library...Steve. See More
Mar 26
Clarke Buehling and Steve Harrison are now friends
Mar 21

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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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