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Moon Flowers (1905)..Ellis R. Ephraim.

If you like Sunflower Dance then you should find this pleasing. I've completely rearranged the piano score by adding repeats and including extra triplets in the melody. I've also set it at a higher tempo than than that recommended by the composer as it better suits the banjo. My suggested fingering includes elements of the melodic style but it's only my personal preference. I couldn't find a title page for this, the score and MP3 are included to be added to the library later...Steve.See More
Apr 1
Steve Harrison replied to Jason Cornwell's discussion Looking for suggestions
"Hi Jason, Have a look/listen to my arrangement of Kerry Mills's popular tune/song 'Red Wing'. I arranged it some years ago and the score and midi can be found in the music library. It's not too challenging to play and is one of…"
Mar 29
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

The Dervishes' Patrol (Marche Orientale) 1905..Ellis R. Ephraim

This is a well written composition in the oriental patrol genre which was popular at the time. Ephraim was a prolific composer of popular music and so far I've located another 19 of his compositions which I will look over later. It's a tune that suits the banjo very well and the score and MP3 is included with this post to be added to the library at a later date...Steve.See More
Mar 29
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Happy Hannah (1898)...Theodore Havermeyer Northrop

You get two for the price of one with this. I arranged this some years back and the original is in the library. I had a second look and wrote two new arrangements. The first is in G and is shown on pages 1/2 of the attached score Pdf. and the other in C pages 3/4. The G version is the least challenging but my preference is the one in C. The MP3 is a recording of the one in G. It's a very good early C.Walk that suits the banjo very well. Ian will add them to the library later...Steve.…See More
Mar 19
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

The King Of The Cake Walk (Le Roi Du Cake Walk)..1903..Marius Cairanne

This is a good, early example of ragtime written by a French composer. I couldn't find a bio on Cairanne but there is a lot of his music mentioned on the web suggesting that he was a prolific composer. It's a great tune that's well suited for the banjo and it's one of my current favourites.  I've mixed and matched the  RH and LH as shown on the piano score  and raised some of the passages by an octave. The score and MP3 are included with this post...Steve.…See More
Mar 15
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

That Whistling Rag..1912..Joseph M. Foley

This is a one off, self published rag by Foley who was from  Ontario, Canada. It's a catchy tune and not too challenging to play. Included is the score and MP3 which Ian will add to the library one the storage issues are resolved.See More
Mar 13
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Dixie Doodle (Rag Two-step)...1899...C.N.Buchanan

This catchy early rag was self published by the composer who was the owner of a music shop in Cairo, Illinois. There were three other Buchanan compositions mentioned on the title page but I was unable to locate a score for any of them, this appears to be his only rag. The score and MP3 are included with this post and will be added to the library later...Steve. See More
Mar 7
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

The Burglar Buck (1909)..Stephen O.Jones

Included with this post is a recording by Fred Van Eps and the MP3 and score of my arrangement which will be added to the library later. I've taken it from the piano score and I haven't included the number of repeats as used by FVE....Steve.See More
Mar 2
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Cotton Time (March &Two Step) 1910..Charles N. Daniels.

This is another well written rag from Daniels, it has plenty of variety and I particularly like his use of block chords in the third part (bars 48/64) . The score and MP3 are included with this post to be added later to the library...Steve.See More
Feb 29
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

The Vienna Rag (Cake Walk à la "Strauss")..1905..Paul Ruben

This a well written rag in which the composer was influenced by the music of Strauss. Apart from the usual suspects, I'm not familiar with  Strauss's music so I can't identify which passages he'd "Staussified". The piano score was in F, I've arranged it in G which makes it a good banjo solo. I've included the score and MP3 in this discussion and they'll be added to the library later...Steve.…See More
Feb 24
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Borneo Rag (An Oriental Pastime)..1911..Neil Moret aka Charles N. Daniels

This a fine example of an oriental style rag from Daniels. If you follow my suggested fingering, it's not too challenging to play. I've included the score and MP3  which will be added to the library later...Steve.See More
Feb 21
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

The Diablo Rag (A Rag Fantasie) 1908..Dorothy Ingersol Wahl

This is one of my experimental arrangements of tune that you wouldn't normally expect to hear played on the banjo. The composer was a Vaudeville Artist at the beginning of the last century and this is her only known composition. I've included the score and MP3 with this post to be added to the library later. It was a challenge to arrive at something playable and I'm reasonably pleased with the result. It may not be to everyone's taste...Steve.…See More
Feb 18
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Goblins(Grand Gallop De Concert) 1915..Harry J. Lincoln

This aptly described tune makes a good banjo solo that 'gallops' away apace.  The piano score was written in Eb/Ab, I've arranged it for banjo in C/F. It's very much old school and wouldn't have sounded out of place played by one of the past banjo masters. Musically it's not too challenging but will probably need some practice to get up to speed, in particular for me with my aged fingers!. The score and midi are included with this discussion and will be added to the library later when the…See More
Feb 13
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Some Rag (A Real Live One)..1914..Willie Eckstein

The composer of this excellent rag was Canadian and was a pianist and composer. His biography on Wikipedia is worth a read. My suggested fingering leans towards melodic style in parts with the use of open strings. The midi and score is included with this discussion and will be added to the library when the storage issues have been resolved...Steve.See More
Feb 11
Rob Mairs left a comment for Steve Harrison
"Hello Steve. Today I bought a Clifford Essex XX Special from Rob MacKillop.  It's a beauty.  No more excuses for me."
Feb 7
Rob Mairs and Steve Harrison are now friends
Feb 7

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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 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.
At 4:23pm on November 30, 2012, thereallyniceman gave Steve Harrison a gift
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Thank you to Steve for all the arrangements and contributions. I can't say how old he is as I can't count that high :-) HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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