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Languid Blues..Edmund Caselli

Started on Saturday

Life In Louisiana..Emile Grimshaw
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher on Friday.

 

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A Footlight Favourite...Emile Grimshaw

This is another of my favourite Grimshaw tunes that I've rearranged into a more readable score. During the process, I came across quite a few errors in the original which I've corrected in my arrangement.See More
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Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Languid Blues..Edmund Caselli

I've rearranged this score as I play it by adding dotted notes, I've not heard this for quite a few years  but from memory I think that this was how it went. I'm in the process of rewriting/rearranging most of my favourite tunes into more readable formats and I'll be posting more of them in the coming weeks/months.....Steve.See More
Saturday
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Life In Louisiana..Emile Grimshaw
" A sensible approach! "
Friday
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Life In Louisiana..Emile Grimshaw
"That's what I do too, including music I learned by ear.  After years of misremembering and performing and even recording misremembered music I realized in retrospect that I had missed some of the best parts. So first I go to the source,…"
Friday
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Life In Louisiana..Emile Grimshaw
"RE: Stick to the score-- I am not one of those.  Now, I might notice when someone deviates, but good for them!  Heck it is their music, they can do what they want with it-- and I do the same. That said, when someone learns a piece entirely…"
Friday
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Life In Louisiana..Emile Grimshaw
"Hi Jody, if you look at some of my arrangements, you'll see that I often mix and match the two styles..Steve."
Friday
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Life In Louisiana..Emile Grimshaw
"Just a reminder.... especially because several of us here have played the "melodic" bluegrass technique.......that  the English banjoist and composer Joe Morley used this technique and indicated it in his published scores decades…"
Friday
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Life In Louisiana..Emile Grimshaw
"I tend to think of my banjo life as evolutionary, quite often while learning any given tune. I almost always start with the written score; that's my basis. If there's audio, esp. if it is "original", I will tend to make some…"
Friday
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Life In Louisiana..Emile Grimshaw
"Hi Jody, you make a valid point about the required fingering. Over the years I've developed arthritis in my hands which does impact on my ability to play as I once did. The first joint of my 2nd. finger RH is particularly troublesome…"
Friday
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Life In Louisiana..Emile Grimshaw
"You raise an interesting point, Steve. If I remember right I played it note-for-note from the printed music although I  may have chosen different fingerings here and there, and perhaps there was an occasional flight-of-fancy.  If we…"
Friday
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Life In Louisiana..Emile Grimshaw

This is my take on one of my my favourite Grimshaw tunes, it differs slightly from the way that Jody plays it on his video and I've made some changes to the score to reflect that. It may not be to everyone's taste but I rarely play anything note for note as written without adding or changing bits of my own. This was the second classic banjo tune that I learned to play having previously played mainly in the melodic style....Steve. See More
Friday
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Georgia Medley
"Whoops I misspoke. I meant we can even call it an "A diminished" even though the A Natural is not being sounded."
Thursday
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Georgia Medley
"Thanks. I just didn't know what "Ex" stood for. The thing itself I understand already."
Wednesday
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Georgia Medley
"Yes, what Ian wrote. Here is the explanation by Grimshaw "Extended Chords" https://archive.org/details/the-banjo-and-how-to-play-it-emile-grimshaw/page/19/mode/1up"
Wednesday
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Georgia Medley
"Hi Ian, I'm rescoring all my favourite tunes into a larger format to make them easier to read not only for me but for teaching purposes. I've changed the lay out so that breaks or endings are placed at the end of each line of…"
Wednesday
thereallyniceman replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Georgia Medley
"Thanks Jody...  C diminished     sounds good :-)"
Wednesday

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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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