Steve Harrison
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Banjourine info required.
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Grizzly Bear Rag (classic banjo)

"Hi Carrie, that was very well played, well done. I hadn't played this since I did my arrangement, you inspired me to test my aging fingers so I dug out the music and had a run through it this morning....Steve."
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Ragged Edges (1911)..Otto Frey

I could no information about the composer which is a pity as this is a very well written piece of music. I did find an entry on Wikipedia for a composer called Hugo Frey who was  alive at the time that this was written, whether or not Otto was used as pseudonym by Hugo is a matter of speculation. It's another of those tunes that could almost have been written for the banjo. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
Jan 19
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Banjourine info required.
"Hi Joel, many thanks for that...Steve."
Jan 17
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Banjourine info required.
"I have a Stewart Imperial Banjeaurine.  The rim is 12.5", the neck (nut to rim) is 10.5", the scale is 19-3/8". Sadly, someone has cut off most of the extension and it now only has 14 frets.  That said, those missing 5 frets…"
Jan 17
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Jan 17
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Sleepy Sidney (1908)..A slow Drag by Archie Ward Scheu.

This tune was recorded by the Sousa Orchestra as a quick march (MP3 attached). I think it suits the banjo better played as a slow drag, I've set the midi tempo to reflect this. The fingering for bars 54/70 took some sorting, I've added my usual annotation of fret numbers and position indicators as I  play it. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Jan 15
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The Georgia Rag (19810)....Albert Gumble

This is the second Gumble tune that I've arranged and it compares well with the previously posted Bolo Rag. This one I particularly enjoy playing and it's well worth a try. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Jan 13
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The Bolo Rag (1908)..Albert Gumble

Albert Gumble was prolific composer of popular music from the beginning of the 20th century until the 1940s. This in my opinion is one of his best compositions, I've set the tempo as a nice,easy going pace but it also works well as a slow drag. It's a tune that 'fits' the left hand well and is a pleasure to play. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Jan 10
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Bugs Rag (1913)..Nina B. Kohler

This is the only published music that I could find from the composer, I could find no other information, I presume from the name that the composer is female. I couldn't locate a score for this and I had to rely on a transcription of a midi. There are numerous ways this could be played but after much experimentation, I've added my usual annotation involving fret numbers and position marking and it's the way that I play it. The score and midi are in the library....Steve.…See More
Jan 8
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Hurricane Rag (1911)..Frederick Green Johnson

After Thunderbolt Rag, this is another weather themed tune. I could find nothing about the composer which is a pity because this definitely a cut above the usual standard for ragtime music and more music from him would have been good to see. To my ears it has a hint of Joplin in it. The use of the grace notes (which could be omitted) gives it an extra lift. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
Jan 6
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Dynamite Rag (1908)...Samuel J. Stokes.

This is the second of SJS,s four published rags and as with my previously posted Thunderbolt Rag, it's a well written composition. I've completed a second simplified arrangement by stripping down the chords and using mostly single notes. This can be seen on pages 3 and 4. There is another of my arrangements in the library of the same name written by Henri Klickmann. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
Jan 3
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Thunderbolt Rag (1912)..S. J. Stokes

After my A.J.Weidt march, it's back to the ragtime. This is a well written piece and ticks all the ragtime boxes. I've arranged it in G from the original piano score in C. I haven't so far been able to find any info on the composer other than a few more of his published tunes. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Dec 31, 2020
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Here They Come 1924 (a march)...A.J.Weidt.
"Hi Brett, thanks for your comment, I don't usually play plectrum banjo but I might give this a try...Steve."
Dec 30, 2020
Brett Lowe replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Here They Come 1924 (a march)...A.J.Weidt.
"Hello Steve, Thanks for this.  I have a version for tenor banjo in Volume 3 of Weidt's Tenor Banjo Collection (waiting for me to get from my other house) and there's a plectrum banjo version in January 1924 edition of Cadenza…"
Dec 30, 2020
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Here They Come 1924 (a march)...A.J.Weidt.

This is another good march to add to the AJW files. The piano score was taken from the Melody magazine of July, 1924. It makes a good banjo march but as it is by Weidt, I suppose there's more than a possibility that he may have written an arrangement for banjo. The original score was in 4/4 time but I've arranged it in 2/4.The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Dec 29, 2020
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Swanee Ripples (1912)...Walter E. Blaufuss

Blaufuss was an orchestra leader from 1911 in Chicago and a writer of popular songs of the time. I think this was written in the style of ragtime rather than a serious attempt to compose a 'real' ragtime tune, as with many composers, he was cashing in on the ragtime craze. Nevertheless, it's a good composition and works much better on banjo than my initial thoughts. The score and midi are in the the library...Steve.…See More
Dec 20, 2020

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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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