Steve Harrison
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Sneaky Shuffles (1910)...Henry Lodge

This is one of HL's lesser known tunes and one I hadn't heard before. The grace notes as shown on the piano score were virtually unplayable on the banjo so I've reduced them to a single note and suggested playing them by sliding. I've simplified the arrangement by removing most of the chords which makes it much less of a challenge to play. I've also added a few embellishments to the second and final parts. It's a catchy tune and well worth a listen and play. The score and midi are in the…See More
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Scarecrow Rag..1911..William Burdette Morrison.

This the second tune by Morrison that I've arranged, the first being Jolly Darkies and in my opinion this is the better of the two. I've kept it in the original Key of Cmaj. but I have rearranged the opening two bars (plus repeats) by raising them an octave and changing the inversions of the diminished chords in order that they fit the banjo. This gives a pretty good approximation of the piano score. It's a good example of ragtime and is well worth a listen and play.The score and midi are in…See More
Monday
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion A Night In Egypt (Oriental Foxtrot)..1917..Charles R. Shibley
"I *think* I understand. I think you are saying you do not use the middle finger until you reach the first string at fret 7. Yup, that works without ever repeating a finger.  I was also using "melodic technique" but not reserving the…"
Nov 14
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion A Night In Egypt (Oriental Foxtrot)..1917..Charles R. Shibley
"Hi Jody, I play the triplets using first and thumb beginning with the first on the third string until I reach the A which I play with my second finger. It may not be 'conventional' classic fingering but it works for me and I did say that I…"
Nov 14
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion A Night In Egypt (Oriental Foxtrot)..1917..Charles R. Shibley
"I also like these Oriental-themed pieces, especially on banjo.  The idea is silly and the music rarely has much in common with the music of the named geographic locations, but that doesn't mean the music is not enjoyable.  I have…"
Nov 14
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

A Night In Egypt (Oriental Foxtrot)..1917..Charles R. Shibley

This is a one off, self published composition by a composer about whom I could find no information. It's typical of the genre that was popular in its day and one that I quite like. For the rapid run of triplets in bars 51 and 59, my suggested fingering leans towards playing it melodic style using alternate open strings. In the third part, there is a chorus from bar 52 to the end to which I've added the lyrics. UK members of a certain age could almost envisage the British music hall and variety…See More
Nov 14
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The tar Heel Blues (Foxtrot/Rag)..1915..James Timothy Brymn.

This is another good tune recorded by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra (MP3 attached). Despite the title, it isn't a blues but described on the score as a Foxtrot/Rag. I had to simplify the arrangement somewhat for it to work on banjo but I think I've arrived at a pretty close approximation to the PRO recording. I've kept it in the original key of G. Cuban Cakewalk is another Brymn tune in the library that I arranged some time back and to which I may give a second look. I couldn't find a title…See More
Nov 6
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Fuzzy Wuzzy...1915...Roy H. King

If you like the Sunflower Dance then you should like this as it follows a similar path. However, it has a lot more content and  could be described as Sunflower Dance on steroids! The piano score was written in C/F, to enable the full range of notes, I found that F/Bb suited the banjo much better. I could find no information about the composer. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
Nov 1
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Banana Peel Rag (Some Slippery Number)..1913..August Herman "Gus" Winkler
"Man! I cannot get enough of the PRO. My kinda music. Well done on the transcription!"
Oct 27
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Banana Peel Rag (Some Slippery Number)..1913..August Herman "Gus" Winkler
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Oct 27
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Midnight Rag..1912..August Herman "Gus" Winkler

This the second of the Winkler tunes that I mentioned in my previous post. It's another good example of ragtime which strays from the usual ragtime formula, in particular in the 2nd (plus repeats) and 5th parts.  I've lowered the intro by an octave  to make it less challenging to play.The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Oct 26
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Banana Peel Rag (Some Slippery Number)..1913..August Herman "Gus" Winkler

This is the first of two of Winkler's tunes that I've arranged, the second one, Midnight Rag, I'll post later. Both tunes are worthy of a listen and play, especially this one which is my favourite of the two. Winkler came to the US from Austria in 1908 having worked as a ship's waiter and later gained US citizenship. He had a modest musical career and there are 13 known compositions which he had published. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
Oct 25
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Rotation Rag..1911..Al Sweet aka Albert Charles Sweet

This is a pleasing and well written tune with an interesting intro which I particularly like. Sweet was another of the lesser known composers making a living mainly as a jobbing musician and band leader. He wrote around 20 pieces of music and of those I've tracked down, in my opinion this one is the best. Originally written in C/F, I found that F/Bb better suited the banjo. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
Oct 19
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Cole Smoak (A Rag)..1906..Clarence hoard St.John.

Little is known about the composer, he published 20 compositions between 1902 and 1923 including Collars And Cuffs which I arranged some time back, of the two, I prefer this one. It's a well written tune which I've simplified by reducing the number of chords used. The score and midi are in the library.See More
Oct 18
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Johnny-Jump-Ups (A Flowery Rag)..1905..Sydney S. Barker

This is another one off composition by a little known composer. The only information I could find about him is what is shown on the title page. It's a pleasant and melodious tune with just a hint of Habenera throughout. Johnny Jump Ups is not a name commonly used in the UK to describe the wild pansy or viola. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Oct 11
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Cannibal Rag (A Syncopated Jungle Two-Step)..1911..Ed. Dangle

This one of four pieces of music published by the composer, other than that, I've so far found no further information about him.  It's a well written tune that suits the banjo. The original score was written in Bb which I've transposed to C. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Oct 9

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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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