Steve Harrison
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Steve Harrison's Discussions

Queen City...A.J.Weidt.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 May 14.

Blue Grass Rag (1909)..Ernest Samuel Williams.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks May 10.

 

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Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Red Onion Rag (1912)....Abe Oleman

This is an example of classic ragtime from Oleman, it follows the standard ragtime formula but is none the less a good tune that works well on banjo. I've added my usual annotation which is the way that I play it but it's very much open to personal interpretation. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Friday
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Queen City...A.J.Weidt.
"There are about 30 cities in the US that are nicknamed "Queen City" or "Queen City of something". Buffalo, NY (Weidt's birthplace) is known as "The Queen City of The Great Lakes". However, I submit "Beach…"
May 14
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Queen City...A.J.Weidt.
"Hi Joel, thanks for the info and your kind comment....Steve."
May 14
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Queen City...A.J.Weidt.
"Very nice! It was composed for regular banjo and published in Vol. 17, No 11 of the Cadenza.  That issue is missing from the New York Public Library's collection. It was later arranged and published for mandolin orchestra. That issue does…"
May 14
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Queen City...A.J.Weidt.

This march by AJW  follows the usual 6/8 march formula, nevertheless it's a good one and worth a listen and play. I took the arrangement from a piano score, I don't know if he ever arranged the tune for banjo so this is my effort. The piano score was in F, I've arranged it in C and moved around the octaves to get it all to fit. According to Wikipedia, there are three Queen Cities in the US, I don't know which of them (if any) AJW was referring to in the title.The score and midi are in the…See More
May 14
Steve Harrison replied to rick ceballos's discussion Clifford Essex Strings
"Hi Marc, I fitted a set of CE gut strings on my Windsor Pop 1 last year and after about three months, they began to 'feather' and became unplayable. I can only surmise I had a duff set...Steve."
May 13
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Blue Grass Rag (1909)..Ernest Samuel Williams.
May 10
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Blue Grass Rag (1909)..Ernest Samuel Williams.
"Hi Richard, I forgot to mention that in my write up, it does fit well with the rest of the tune..Steve."
May 10
Richard William Ineson replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Blue Grass Rag (1909)..Ernest Samuel Williams.
"I like the idea of inserting 'My Old Kentucky Home' in the tune."
May 10
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Blue Grass Rag (1909)..Ernest Samuel Williams.

This is described as a Kentucky two step and is another tune ideally suited to the banjo. Bars 37-53 are pretty close to what some would call 'bluegrass' banjo. Considering when it was written, it it just shows there's nothing new in the banjo world. The score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
May 10
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Elephant Rag (1908)...Melvin Maurice Franklin.
"I bet most of it is up hill."
May 8
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Elephant Rag (1908)...Melvin Maurice Franklin.
"I'll do it, I am always shoveling **it. "
May 8
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Elephant Rag (1908)...Melvin Maurice Franklin.
"Or more to the point, who's going to clean up afterwards?"
May 7
Trapdoor2 replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Elephant Rag (1908)...Melvin Maurice Franklin.
"Well captured, Captain! Now, who is going to feed it?"
May 7
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Elephant Rag (1908)...Melvin Maurice Franklin.

This a very entertaining early cakewalk and listening to the opening bars gives a clue to the title. Franklin has created a musical picture which conjures up images of a troop of elephants marching through the jungle. (Well it does for me!). I've transposed it from F to G for ease of playing. The score and midi are in the library....Steve.See More
May 5
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Sunset Frolics (1900)...John Francis Guilder

This is one of those tunes that could have been written for banjo and as such I've added the usual 'banjofication'. It's a jolly tune described as a plantation dance that cracks along at a fair old pace. The piano score is in F/Bb and I've arranged it in G/C for ease of playing. I couldn't find out much about the composer other than some of his previous compositions, most of which written at the end of the 19th C. The score and midi are in the library.…See More
Apr 27

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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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