Joel Hooks
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Clifford Essex Catalog on Ebay UK
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Started this discussion. Last reply by marc dalmasso Apr 13.

Le Diable Rouge, Parke Hunter
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Nov 19, 2017.

Looking For a Skinner Tone Bar

Started Nov 13, 2017


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Joel Hooks commented on Joel Hooks's event 'American Banjo Fraternity Spring Classic Banjo Rally'
"American Banjo Fraternity Spring 2018 Rally   Thursday May 24, 2018 7:45PM— Orchestra Rehearsal     Friday October 13, 2017 10:30AM—Concert Style Banjo Workshop with Clarke Buehling. 11:30AM— Classic Car Lunch (meet…"
12 hours ago
Joel Hooks replied to david caron's discussion Calliope Rag
"Reading about Darch online one my get the impression that Calliope Rag could be 100% Darch with the added story that turns it into a genuine authentic ragtime composition by James Scott. Where does that leave it re copyright?"
May 10
Joel Hooks replied to david caron's discussion Calliope Rag
May 8
Joel Hooks replied to david caron's discussion Good reads
"Here is a readable scan of a photocopy of "Cultivation of the Hands for playing ZIther-Banjo and Banjo" by Cammeyer from 1903. Sorry it is not better but it…"
May 7
Joel Hooks replied to david caron's discussion Calliope Rag
""Darkies Dream" by George Lansing was possibly the biggest selling solo in classic banjo history (at least in the US).  It was recorded by Vess Ossman and Fred Van Eps many times, as well as lots of other players.  There are a…"
May 7
Joel Hooks replied to david caron's discussion Calliope Rag
"You are a lot braver than I!  I bet you could sail through pieces like "Darkie's Dream/ Awakening" or the old "Funeral March of an Old Jaw Bone." Sounding good.  I agree, that terrible metronome will eventually…"
May 4
Randy Dary commented on Joel Hooks's video

Hot Frets by Frank Lawes

"Wow!  Great job!  And a fun piece to hear.  Thank you!"
May 3
Joel Hooks replied to david caron's discussion Good reads
"I knew what I was up against so I "designed" a system with some workflow.  I took a piece of plywood, attached a handle to the middle and covered it with matte white paper.  That is now the "lid" of the scanner. …"
Apr 25

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New Additions to my family.

I answered an add on craigslist listing "four old banjos- $150 each."

I called very early to leave a message and get my name in the mix. Well it's true that the early bird catches the worm, and he called me a couple of minutes later.

I met with him and this is what I got...

Stewart and Bauer "Monogram" Grade 2. At first sight it looked in remarkably good condition. A couple of days later when I had a chance to mess with it I noticed one issue.

I… Continue

Posted on December 25, 2009 at 1:45 — 2 Comments

My first real banjo lesson.

I finally had a formal music lesson, the first in my life (that I can recall). The best part is that it was with none other than Clarke Buehling.

We had exchanged info at the opening of the America Banjo Museum. He was in Ft Worth for Thanksgiving. So we got together, had lunch, then went to our "old west" town.

He is a true gentlemen.

Scales and accompaniment, along with discussion of historically informed performance was the agenda. He listened to where I was… Continue

Posted on December 6, 2009 at 20:45 — 1 Comment

Thoughts on Tremolo.

In this journey (obsession) of historic banjo playing, I have turned to reading all of the period literature on the subject that I could find. An observation I made is that it seems most banjoists had a version of "Home, Sweet Home with Tremolo." I had read the instructions for how to play it, listened to Ossman and Eps, but really did not give it much mind.

Then, from Trapdoor's recommendation, I bought Douglas Back's The Banjo Goes Highbrow (if you don't have this get it… Continue

Posted on April 12, 2009 at 17:36 — 16 Comments

Comment Wall (15 comments)

At 5:01 on January 2, 2009, Carl Anderton said…
Glad you joined, Joel. Great profile picture.
At 20:22 on February 14, 2009, Ray Jones said…
Many thanks for the info. I shall have a serious look at them, and give it some thought. The Patents were most helpful. We are never too old to learn a new trick or two. I wonder if there is a special design for a zither banjo.
At 22:05 on July 2, 2009, Ray Jones said…
At 22:29 on July 3, 2009, Ray Jones said…
Did you manage to print out the notation for Gay Gossoon that I sent yesterday? Ray
At 2:29 on July 4, 2009, Ray Jones said…
If you want the other banjo parts later, I have them. Ray
At 6:54 on August 20, 2009, Ray Jones said…
What is interesting is that the Appalachian Area was originally settled by migrants from, England, Ireland and Scotland! Did they bring the banjo over with them? So much for the Hillbillies.
At 7:36am on January 03, 2010, Clarke Buehling gave Joel Hooks a gift
And a toast for a happy new year to you, sir. Clarke
At 12:42 on April 13, 2010, Peter LaBau said…
HI- thanks for the interest in the CD- I'm heading out of town for a family crisis, but will be back next week and will check back with you then about getting you the disc. Thanks again!- Peter
At 15:51 on April 21, 2010, Peter LaBau said…
Hey Marc- back again. Can't remember if I gave you an address to send the check for $15, that includes shipping.

Peter LaBau
2079 Hawkshill Lane
Charlottesville, VA 22911

Thanks so much- hope all's well. - Peter
At 15:53 on April 21, 2010, Peter LaBau said…
Hey- Peter here again. So sorry, I'm mixing names up here- sorry for the gaff... Peter

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