Steve Harrison
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A Coon Serenade (1903)....M. H. Irish
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Jul 9.

Gasoline Rag (1908)..Louis Henry Mentel
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Jul 8.

 

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Kalamity Kid (1909)..Ferdinand Alexander Guttenberg

The only information I could find about FAG was that he was from Macon in Georgia and an associate of J. Russell-Robinson, a composer and pianist with the Dixieland Jazz band. If you search the library, you'll find two JRR arrangements that I added way back. This is a very good example of Ragtime and it is believed that JRR may have had a hand in arranging it for piano. I was unable to locate a score or front cover and had to use a piano midi to write the arrangement. Ian rates this as a…See More
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Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion A Coon Serenade (1903)....M. H. Irish
"I would guess that it is a Cole "Eclipse" of some sort. Something like this: http://billsbanjos.com/Eclipse3000.htm"
Jul 9
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion A Coon Serenade (1903)....M. H. Irish
"Can anyone name the make of banjo shown on the front cover?....Steve."
Jul 9
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Gasoline Rag (1908)..Louis Henry Mentel
"You've been busy...and I've been on vacation (holiday) for the past week or so. I like this one...although I was expecting a bit more drama (explosions, etc.). I guess they can't all be thematic!"
Jul 8
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

A Coon Serenade (1903)....M. H. Irish

An early folk rag by another mystery composer, I could find no information or other compositions by him/her. It's a very good tune with some interesting but slightly tricky syncopation. Note from my fret numbers that I have made full use of the 4th.String, particularly in the opening section. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Jul 7
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Gasoline Rag (1908)..Louis Henry Mentel

This is one of the Automobile related tunes suggested by Marc. It's a catchy well written tune that plays well on the banjo. The piano score was written in the Key of G and I've arranged it in C for ease of playing. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Jul 5
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Fuss And Feathers (1909)....J. C. Halls.

This tune was published Harry Lincoln, a prolific composer of early ragtime music who was known to have published many self penned compositions using a variety of pseudonyms. I could find no info on J.C.Halls so I have concluded that there is a possibility that J.C Halls and Lincoln are one and the same.It's a catchy, well written tune that suits the banjo very well. I've had to amend some of the score in parts to make everything fit. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.…See More
Jul 2
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion He'd Have To Get Under, Get Out And Get Under (1913)...Maurice Abrahams
"Thanks Marc, I find the tune very infectious and it's turned into a bit of an earworm! The Lyrics are well written, they tell an entertaining story and are a cut above some of the other songs of that era. I've downloaded a batch of Billy…"
Jun 25
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion He'd Have To Get Under, Get Out And Get Under (1913)...Maurice Abrahams
"LOL. I almost sent this one to you...along with "The Little Ford Rambled Right Along". Both great hits for Billy Murray...and favorites of mine."
Jun 25
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

He'd Have To Get Under, Get Out And Get Under (1913)...Maurice Abrahams

This another of my arrangements of early 20th Century popular songs and continues my automobile theme. The lyrics were by Grant Clarke & Edgar Leslie. It was recorded by many popular singers but my favourite recording is by Billy Murray which I've attached. It's well worth a listen to put the arrangement into context. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Jun 25
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The Unnamed Rag (1917)....Frank Pallma

This is a catchy one off rag by another mystery composer. I could find no info about him nor any other compositions which is a pity as this is rather good and suits the banjo very well. The score and midi are in the library....Steve.See More
Jun 19
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Automobile Spin (1899)..Grace Walls Linn
"Thanks Marc, they're on the to do list...Steve."
Jun 19
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Automobile Spin (1899)..Grace Walls Linn
"There's a couple of them on Perfesser Bill's site...which means MIDI and mp3 versions are available. "Automobile Two Step" by Rose de Haven "Gasoline Rag" by Louis Mentel I had to zip the two pdf files in order to get…"
Jun 19
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Automobile Spin (1899)..Grace Walls Linn
"How about "Automobile Two Step"? The midi is available on Perfesser Bill's ragtime site. I've always liked the cover on "Gasoline Rag""
Jun 19
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Automobile Spin (1899)..Grace Walls Linn
"Hi marc, maybe you could send me a couple of your scores and I'll see if I can banjofy them..Steve."
Jun 18
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Automobile Spin (1899)..Grace Walls Linn
"That is a nice little tune. Well done! I love early auto-related tunes...and have a good bit of related sheet-music. No banjo stuff though!"
Jun 18

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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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