Steve Harrison
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  • Malvern, Worcestershire
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Steve Harrison commented on TONY BRYAN's video
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DESERT TRAIL

"Another event that happened at this time was the release in 1921 of the Rudolf Valentino film 'The Sheik' followed a few years later by 'The son of the Sheik' both featuring the Arabian desert...Steve."
yesterday
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Desert Trail...new score

After viewing Tony's inspiring performance, I decided to have a play of it myself, the last time I attempted it was at least 15 years ago. The score I have is in poor condition, a result of too much info crammed onto one page and too many copies of copies. I've made a new version which is a faithful representation of the original other than I've added my usual annotation of position indicators and fret numbers and it's much easier to read. I've sent one to Ian for eventual inclusion in the…See More
yesterday
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

My Lady Jazz...A.J.Weidt

This is my take on this great tune, I used the tenor banjo score which was in in C but found that it works better in G for classic banjo. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Tuesday
Steve Harrison commented on carrie horgan's video
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My Lady Jazz (classic-style banjo)

"Hi Carrie, what a delightful tune and very well played, I concur with your opinion about A.J.Weidt. I've managed to find a tenor banjo score for this and I'll definitely be testing my fingers with it over the next few…"
Monday
Steve Harrison commented on carrie horgan's video
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Buckwheat Barn Dance (classic-style banjo)

"Thanks Carrie, it's on my to do list. During lockdown I've built myself a six string lap steel and another cigar box guitar. I'm currently building a 'bedroom' amp for them and with a bit of good fortune, I'll start the…"
Jul 30
Steve Harrison commented on carrie horgan's video
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Buckwheat Barn Dance (classic-style banjo)

"Hi Carrie, that was great performance of a delightful tune, I love the sound of your banjourine, what is its scale length? I've a couple of rarely played banjos and I may have a go at making a banjourine neck and converting one of them...Steve."
Jul 30
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Alte Kameraden..Old Comrades..(1889)...Carl Teike.

This in my opinion must appear in the top ten of the best of all marches. It takes me back over 40 years to when I was a young probationary constable at Police Training College, each day began with a full uniform parade and inspection and this is one of the tunes to which we marched on and off parade. My arrangement adheres closely to the original score but I have had to make a few minor adjustments and the addition of some 'banjofication' to make it suitable for banjo. This is one of my best…See More
Jul 20
Steve Harrison commented on Jerron Paxton's video
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Nola (Banjo Dance)

"That was one impressive performance of a great tune. I didn't know about its connection with FVE, it just shows there's still lots to learn about classic banjo, even at the age of 72.....All the best..Steve."
Jul 20
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion American Patrol (1885) Frank White Meacham.
"Philosophically, one would expect a duo arrangement, when broken up into parts, to be rather spare arrangements separately. However, it is much more expeditious to claim the same part can be used as a solo...which one finds commonly. If I were a…"
Jul 14
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion American Patrol (1885) Frank White Meacham.
"I find that the banjo over piano in a lot of English music is merely a guide for the piano player.  They can be stripped down compared to the "banjo" part.  I am not saying that is the case here, just that I have noticed that…"
Jul 14
Richard William Ineson replied to Steve Harrison's discussion American Patrol (1885) Frank White Meacham.
"Thanks for dealing with the PH arrangement of American Patrol. i agree that Steve's version sounds better but I suppose that PH would have added a few embellishments to his performance of the tune. "
Jul 14
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion American Patrol (1885) Frank White Meacham.
"LOL. Retirement combined with self-isolation = time on the computer. Here's the dots and an mp3 file. I'll generate tab on request. Frankly, Steve's version is way better than the PH…"
Jul 13
Richard William Ineson replied to Steve Harrison's discussion American Patrol (1885) Frank White Meacham.
"My pleasure, it is good to see the interest in these old banjo pieces, I can scan a few more pages out of this album if you want me to."
Jul 12
Richard William Ineson replied to Steve Harrison's discussion American Patrol (1885) Frank White Meacham.
"I'm glad that you like the arrangement of the AP. Hunter had some good ideas and was quite a banjo player in his day. Sadly he has almost been forgotten by modern players but his house in Washington D.C. is still there on Kilburn Place, if my…"
Jul 12
thereallyniceman replied to Steve Harrison's discussion American Patrol (1885) Frank White Meacham.
"Thank you Richard! This one great tune, and thank you for posting it. I have added your score to the MUSIC LIBRARY for easy download. Thanks to Marc too, who obviously has far too much time on his hands now that he has retired :-)"
Jul 12
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion American Patrol (1885) Frank White Meacham.
"Cool. Thanks Richard! The ABF Library catalog shows they have some MS by "Magee" for this piece also. I thought I had it, but turns out I had two tunes of the same name, one by Sanders Papworth and one by Lansing (well, "American…"
Jul 12

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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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Comment Wall (14 comments)

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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