Steve Harrison
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Steve Harrison posted a discussion

De Winnin' Coon (1901)....Erma Young

This is a simple cakewalk by one of the lesser known female ragtime composers. I could find nothing about her and only one other published composition. The rather non PC title refers to the winning of a cake for the best performance at a cakewalk. It features some interesting syncopation in the 2nd. and 4th. sections.The score and midi are in the library....Steve.See More
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Steve Harrison replied to carrie horgan's discussion Female composers
"Hi Carrie, during my expeditions into Ragtime Land, I've not yet come across a dedicated banjo arrangement by any of the female composers although I have added some of my own to the library based on their piano scores. At the moment I have a…"
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The Nautical Toddle (1917)...George Linus Cobb.

When I first heard this, it reminded me of the sort of tune that could have been written by someone like Grimshaw. It's a medley of tunes with a nautical theme with just a touch of syncopation and it's well worth a listen. It begins with The College (Sailor's) Hornpipe to which Cobb has added some interesting variations and all in all it's a good piece for the banjo. The score and midi are in the library. I couldn't find a title page so I've attached an MP3 instead......Steve.See More
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Ma Rag Time Baby (1898)..Frederick St. Clair Stone.

This tune takes us back to the very beginnings of ragtime as it was the first published tune with ragtime in its title. Lyrics were later added by the composer's brother and it became a popular song of the time. In parts I've combined the piano LH and RH to arrive at an approximation that works on the banjo. The score and midi are in the library and also I've attached an MP3 to this discussion....Steve. …See More
Mar 9
Steve Harrison replied to Chris Cioffi's discussion Attn: Steve Harrison....Have You Done This One Yet?
"Hi Chris, I do occasionally do arrangements of previously arranged tunes and try to bring some of my own ideas into them. Whenever I do, I always avoid looking at the other score. I may yet have a look at this when time permits....Steve."
Mar 9
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Mar 4
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Down In Darktown (1902)...Frank Hills.

This is the only tune I could find published under the name of Frank Hills and I could find no information about him. It is actually a very good march and with a little tweaking here and there, I've arrived at an arrangement that suits the banjo very well and is well worth a listen and play. I did forget to add 4th.to D on the score. The score and midi are in the library....Steve.…See More
Mar 1
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Uncle Silas (1917)....Don Richardson.

This is a very good one step written towards  the end of the ragtime era. It has a very old time sound to it. The only Don Richardson of whom I could find any reference was an old time fiddle player who would have been around at the time this tune was published. Richardson was one of the first musicians to record traditional fiddle tunes commercially but whether or not he had a hand in writing this I've been unable to establish.Apart from the title page, I've been unsuccessful in locating a…See More
Feb 24
Steve Harrison replied to Steve Harrison's discussion "Armadillo" Rag Two-step (1911) Clarence F. Brown
"Many thanks to Steve Prosser for a fascinating insight to his Uncle Clarence's family history...Steve H."
Feb 22
Steve Prosser replied to Steve Harrison's discussion "Armadillo" Rag Two-step (1911) Clarence F. Brown
"BTW, I'm not a banjo player, I just wanted to tell yall a little about Uncle Clarence. Thanks. I'll leave yall alone now. S."
Feb 22
Steve Prosser replied to Steve Harrison's discussion "Armadillo" Rag Two-step (1911) Clarence F. Brown
"I ran across this old thread while researching my family. Clarence Brown was my great grandmothers brother. We all called him Uncle Clarence. I remember him well. He was a tall blue-eyed gentle man, and a whiz on the piano. He and his wife had a…"
Feb 22
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Dixie Flyer (1901)...A.E.Henrich..New Arrangement.

This is another updated arrangement of a tune I did some years ago. It's a good early cake walk and worth a second look. The updated score and midi are in the library...Steve.See More
Feb 21
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

Happy Days In Georgia (1899)...Chas. Keubler

This is another long forgotten early cakewalk which suits the banjo very well. I've arranged it in G from the original Key of F. It's not too challenging to play and is worth a try. The score and midis are in the library...Steve.See More
Feb 19
Steve Harrison replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Two more original compositions
"Hi John, you've captured the essence of the 'old masters' very well whilst creating something uniquely yours.....Steve."
Feb 18
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"In Ole Alabam" (1900)...Hortensia Weisman.

This the only composition published by HW which is a great pity because this is a very good example of an early cakewalk and is yet another tune that could have been written for the banjo and is well worth a listen. I'd not heard it before but it must have been popular at some time as according to the title page, the publisher had made a full score for band or orchestra available. The diminished chord which features in the opening section could be dispensed with if it's not to your taste. The…See More
Feb 13
Steve Harrison posted a discussion

The Tar-heeler's Dream (1899)..W.J.Rahley...New arrangement.

This has always been one of my favourites and was worth another look. It makes a very good banjo tune and has a great bass solo in the trio. It's tricky to play in parts but is well worth the effort, especially the trio. My new arrangement and midi are in the library....Steve.See More
Feb 11

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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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