Steve Harrison
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Sing Ling Ting (1923)...George Linus Cobb
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Harrison on Sunday.

American Emblem..(1923)..Harry James Lincoln
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Started this discussion. Last reply by thereallyniceman May 16.

 

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Coliseum (1902)...Edward A. Marshall

This is a 6/8 march that suits the banjo well with a nice bass solo that repeats in the final section an octave higher. I could find no information on the composer or any other of his compositions. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
yesterday
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Sing Ling Ting (1923)...George Linus Cobb
"Thanks for your kind comments guys, I used the Cobb piano score to write the arrangement....Steve."
Sunday
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Sing Ling Ting (1923)...George Linus Cobb
"LOL, you don't have to go very far back at all to see this. Turn on your TV and watch any 1960's series (um, like "Bonanza"). We are still in transition. Humor stems from incongruity...and racial stereotypes were/are low hanging…"
Saturday
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Sing Ling Ting (1923)...George Linus Cobb
"Hi Steve, this is a great arrangement!   A "period" arrangement by R. E. Hildreth is found in Volume 5 of "Jacobs' Banjo Collection" and was also published as sheet music (Jacobs tended to publish parts for all…"
Saturday
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Sing Ling Ting (1923)...George Linus Cobb

This is my arrangement of the tune recorded by FVE that was recently posted by Ian. Providing you don't attempt to play it at FVE speed, it's not too challenging on the fingers, it has few chords and much of it is played out of first position using single notes. If you wished to simplify it further, where I've used double notes you could just play the top melody note. I've added my usual annotation with my suggested fingering. Play the triplets using slurs and snaps (HO and PO). It's good tune…See More
May 18
thereallyniceman replied to Steve Harrison's discussion American Emblem..(1923)..Harry James Lincoln
"Excellent playing and another great March from H J Lincoln.  It always good to see the Banjo King and Prince of France playing classic banjo. :-)"
May 16
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion American Emblem..(1923)..Harry James Lincoln
"Thanks Ian, Lincoln's other marches come pretty close to this one for playability, Bo Peep march in particular is worth a listen...Steve."
May 16
marc dalmasso replied to Steve Harrison's discussion American Emblem..(1923)..Harry James Lincoln
"& this one i used to arrange from a piano ' roll https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Y0wrMX84fI"
May 15
thereallyniceman replied to Steve Harrison's discussion American Emblem..(1923)..Harry James Lincoln
"Hey Steve, this is a cracker!  A proper Classic Banjo March with loads of oomph! A must for everyone to try. Here is the audio..  See if you can listen without tapping your feet :-) AMERICAN EMBLEM arranged by Steve Harrison As Steve…"
May 15
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

American Emblem..(1923)..Harry James Lincoln

HJL was a popular and prolific composer whose compositions date from 1900 until 1936. This is the 10th Lincoln tune that I've arranged and the 6th of his marches. It's a corker of a tune and is well worth a look and listen. It would probably have worked better written as a duet using a banjo second however, by using plenty of second voice on the score and bass solos, I've plugged the gaps that would have been played by a second and overall it works very well. The score and midi are in the…See More
May 15
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Banjo Blues (1920s) by Emile Grimshaw - Rob MacKillop, Zither Banjo

"Hi Rob, if you search the library under blues, you'll find 11 arrangements that I've written for classic blues tunes. My particular favourite is Graveyard Blues which was composed in 1912 bt Clarence Woods. There are two versions, the most…"
May 14
Steve Harrison commented on Rob MacKillop's video
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Banjo Blues (1920s) by Emile Grimshaw - Rob MacKillop, Zither Banjo

"Hi Rob, if you search the library under blues, you'll find 11 blues arrangements that I've written for banjo. My particular favourite is Graveyard Blues written by Clarence Woods in 1912, there are two versions, the most recent and the…"
May 14
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Delirium Tremens (1912)...F. Henri. Klickman

This the 4th composition by FHK that I've arranged for banjo. It's a good, medium paced rag and well worth a listen. Bars 71-78 make full use of the fingerboard and demonstrates that there is life above the 12 fret! I've added my usual annotation to help.The score and midi are in the library...Steve.  See More
May 10
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

New Orleans Buck (1904)...A. C. Bernard

I could find no information regarding the composer of this tune, it's a pleasant syncopated two step and not too much of a challenge to play. I've 'banjofied' it and made a few minor alterations to make it more suitable for the banjo. The score and midi are in the library....Steve.See More
May 7
Steve Harrison replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion What the...?
"As a side issue, what make was Seeger's banjo?...Steve."
May 6
Steve Harrison replied to carrie horgan's discussion Most Popular Classic Banjo Tunes
"One of the first classic tunes that I learned to play was Dashwood Quickstep by Olly Oakley. I was given a collection of banjo music that was owned by a retired banjo and guitar teacher and this tune was top of the pile. It's a good tune and is…"
May 3

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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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