Steve Harrison
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Dreams of Ragtime (1908)...T.W.Thurban
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 on Wednesday.

Bob's Chilli Rag (1921)....Robert E. Cleary
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 on Wednesday.

 

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Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Dreams of Ragtime (1908)...T.W.Thurban
"This one is excellent. Of course, I had to go listen to the DorianHenry version...which always leads me down a fun trail of obscure rags..."The Ellington Two-step", "Peroxide Rag"...and this one, "The Twirler"...by a…"
Wednesday
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Bob's Chilli Rag (1921)....Robert E. Cleary
"This is a great rag! I'm not so sure I would have enjoyed the chili...esp. considering the lack of restaurant inspections, basic food cleanliness, etc., of the period. Another one well done!"
Wednesday
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The Yankee Doodle Rag (1911)...Garfield Wilson

This is an entertaining novelty rag, the original score was in Eb but my prefered key of G works better for the banjo. The meaning of the title becomes apparent in the trio. I could find no information about the composer. The score and midi are in the library....Steve.See More
Mar 19
Steve Harrison replied to Trapdoor2's discussion Quarantined? Nope...just retired.
"Hi Marc, Same here, self quarantine hasn't made that much of a change to my lifestyle....Steve."
Mar 19
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The Black Cat Rag (1905)...Frank Wooster & Ethyl B. Smith.

This the best of a handful of tunes written and published by Wooster. The rhythm sounds very latin influenced in parts and the whole composition is well written with an interesting second part. The original score was in F/Bb and I've arranged it in C/F to better suit the banjo.It's well worth a listen and play and makes a good slow drag if played at a slower tempo..The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
Mar 17
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Canned Corn (1910)..George Linus Cobb.
"Hi Marc, thanks for your kind comment, I know what you mean about the scalar sequence, I suppose that with so many rags having been written, it's inevitable that there's been some cross pollination of ideas...Steve. "
Mar 15
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Canned Corn (1910)..George Linus Cobb.
"I suppose this title was a 'natural' for someone named Cobb. It is indeed a very good rag (and of course, very well arranged for the banjo). The rising scalar sequence in the 2nd ending of the A part sounds really familiar...or at least…"
Mar 13
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Canned Corn (1910)..George Linus Cobb.

In my opinion, this is one of Cobb's best rags. I play this with a mixture of melodic style and classic fingering, in particular the opening bars, and this is reflected in my annotation. There are of course other ways if you so wish but I find the melodic sections add some nice fluency to the playing. I was unable to locate a front page for this score. The score and midi are in the library....Steve.See More
Mar 12
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Harmonious Blacksmith (1720) George Frideric Handel
"Thanks Marc, I never considered that but I think you're right, it would certainly show what is possible on banjo...Steve."
Mar 2
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Harmonious Blacksmith (1720) George Frideric Handel
"Oooooh. Nicely done, Steve! I think you have a good handel on arranging now! I think this would be a good subject for a banjo trio too. Banjo, Banjeurine, Cello Banjo. Would be fun!"
Mar 2
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

The Harmonious Blacksmith (1720) George Frideric Handel

I've had this music by Handel on my desktop for some time and have worked on it as and when I've had a few minutes to spare. It's part of a suite of music that GFH wrote for harpsichord and I've taken my arrangement from a set of variations written for guitar by the 17th century Italian guitarist Mauro Giuliani. Musically it's not too difficult, the main challenge is to get it up to speed which may take a bit of practice.I've experimented with the fingering and in parts 7 and 8 I've suggested a…See More
Feb 29
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Knick Knocks Rag (1915)....Phil Schwartz

This is a well written piece of ragtime with plenty of variety. I seems to me that PS has taken bits from other tunes and mixed and matched them to produce this very pleasing composition. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Jan 25
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Policy King (1905)..Carles .B. brown.

This is my take on a tune that was recorded by Fred Van Eps and Vess Ossman, both of which can be found in 'original recordings'. This is  the second tune I've arranged with Policy in the title, the first one being Policy Sam (well worth a listen and play), I believe that Policy is a reference to the numbers racket that was prevalent in the US in the early part of the 20th century. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
Jan 11
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Old Crow Rag (1909)...George Botsford.
"Thanks Carrie, Botsford wrote some great rags, I've arranged six of them so far (in the library) and I've a few more to look at in my to do folder...Steve."
Jan 11
carrie horgan replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Old Crow Rag (1909)...George Botsford.
"That's a great tune.  I love that cover art as well."
Jan 11

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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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