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The Sultan's Cakewalk...1900...C. F. Pleininger
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Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Sultan's Cakewalk...1900...C. F. Pleininger
"Hi Marc, thanks for your comment, it's well written cake walk but despite my best efforts, I've still been unable to find any info about the composer or the other two published scores.  I'll see if I can find some more banjo…"
6 hours ago
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Sultan's Cakewalk...1900...C. F. Pleininger
"Cool tune, well done! I think I've mentioned before that I'm a big fan of the "oriental foxtrot", a craze of the early 20s. All this one needs is a "snake charmer" quote and it would qualify..."
19 hours ago
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The Sultan's Cakewalk...1900...C. F. Pleininger

This is another very good early cakewalk by a composer about whom I could find no information. There are two other compositions attributed to him but I've been unable to locate a score for either of them. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
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Sambo's Delight..1900..Deloss Everett

This is the 4th of my recent arrangements featuring Sambo in the title. It sounds like a traditional old time fiddle tune to which the composer has added variations. The melody sounds familiar to me but I can't put a name to it. I could find no information about the composer. It works well on the banjo and is not too challenging to play. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
Tuesday
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Silver Leaf Rag..1911..Dan Goldsmith.

This is a tune written by a Canadian composer and not one for the fainthearted! I've stripped out most of the chords leaving what could, with a bit of imagination, almost be described as a 'bluegrass' rag; in particular the second part. It pops along at a fair old tempo and will certainly give your fingers a good workout. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Monday
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Sambo And His Banjo..(1891)...Frederick Messick.

This is a must play tune. Messick has composed a piano score in the style of early stroke style banjo,  it's a very good effort and I guess that he's probably transcribed a tune that he'd heard played on banjo. The piano score is written in A and I've set it in G. Apart from the Dmaj. chords in 2P, which could played as a single D, and the melody notes played by the thumb on the third string, most of this is played out of first position. It's a simple but very melodic tune, not too hard to…See More
Sep 9
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Conversion of Deering Goodtime banjo to classic.
"I'm glad you were able to work it out Steve!  Cool looking bridge too!! I have had very limited experience with Goodtime banjos, in fact, I've only ever played one that I can remember and my wife owns it.  Her's needs a…"
Sep 7
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Conversion of Deering Goodtime banjo to classic.
"Hi Jody, It looks like Deering have been dumping their unwanted banjo stock on the UK! I think this illustrates the dangers of someone with limited knowledge of banjos buying without seeking advice. As it happens, it suits Pete and that's…"
Sep 6
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Conversion of Deering Goodtime banjo to classic.
"Oh! That's not a standard Goodtime. I've played a lot of the standard kind, with 22 frets and 26 1/4 scale.  Pete's banjo must be the discontinued "Parlor" model.  Odd name because it is described as being good for…"
Sep 5
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Conversion of Deering Goodtime banjo to classic.
"Hi Jody..I've measured Pete's banjo and the scale length is 22 7/8 inches, nearly 4 inches shorter than most of my other banjos and it has only 19 frets...Steve."
Sep 5
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Conversion of Deering Goodtime banjo to classic.
"The Deering Goodtime has no fretboard. But maybe what you meant was "the small dimensions of the neck". I agree with that. It's not comfortable. Maybe it saves Deering some money in wood (?).  I had doubts about the scale…"
Sep 5
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Conversion of Deering Goodtime banjo to classic.
"Hi Jody, the main drawback I found with this model was the short scale fret board. It didn't fit well with my size 12 hands and I found it a little uncomfortable. I agree with your comment regarding the peghead and pegs...Steve."
Sep 5
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Conversion of Deering Goodtime banjo to classic.
"I have found that this model of banjo sounds better than it looks. This includes its original steel string setup.. It's true that it is hard to fall in love with a banjo with no fingerboard and an Ikea-like design. And why did Deering decide on…"
Sep 5
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Conversion of Deering Goodtime banjo to classic.

I'm currently giving lessons to Pete Thatcher (member) who owns a steel strung Deering. Having tried a couple of my nylon strung vintage banjos, he asked me to convert it to nylon strings which ties in nicely to the previous post by Dante. I made a Weaver style bridge from maple to replace the existing tail piece. This made the attaching of the nylon strings easier. I also made a replacement maple bridge approx 1 mm higher to accommodate the thicker strings and stop any fret buzzing.(I used…See More
Sep 5
Steve Harrison commented on carrie horgan's blog post Fred and George Van Eps: profiles in jazz
"Hi Carrie, what a good publication and well worth 3 dollars a month. (on line)...Steve."
Sep 3
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Banjo Sambo...1902...Leo Cluesmann.

This is a rare one off rag by a composer about whom I could find no information. It's another tune that sounds as though it could have been written for banjo or at least written in a way that emulates the banjo style. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Sep 3

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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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