Joel Hooks
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Joel Hooks's Discussions

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

J. Clamp Piccolo Banjo
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Oct 2.


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Joel Hooks replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Sanders Papworth
"Hi Alan! There is a button on the top of the text entry area (where one types text) that looks sort of like a picture of a mountain with a sun or moon.  On my computer it is second from the right on the top of the page. Click that and then…"
Joel Hooks replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion The "Fan-Tan" stroke?
"I’m not sure that is what they are talking about. Both Lansing and Armstrong cover that in their books calling it a “drum strike” if I remember correctly. I think that they are talking about the light strumming pattern with…"
Dec 1
Joel Hooks replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion The "Fan-Tan" stroke?
"I think I have read just about every contemporary account of Weston's playing and have not ever read this movement described. I get the feeling that this is a "kids today" story of the "back in my day" and "nothing is…"
Nov 29
Joel Hooks commented on Anthony Derycke's video
Nov 26
Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion How to play Classic Banjo in five minutes !!
"This is the instruction book I have been looking for! In five minutes I will start my new full time career as a professional banjo player."
Nov 20
Trapdoor2 replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Le Diable Rouge, Parke Hunter
"Just for fun, I've ginned it up in Musescore. Attached are dots with tab and a MIDI. The tune has some interesting stuff in it...but the first part of the TRIO isn't all that interesting to me. Getting the software to make all the…"
Nov 19
Joel Hooks replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Le Diable Rouge, Parke Hunter
"Yep, that is the one.  Drew is looking for the 2nd and piano.  It was published in sheet music form complete (as the British were so good at)."
Nov 19
Trapdoor2 replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Le Diable Rouge, Parke Hunter
""I guess I could add a copy as an attachment." Ok, I couldn't do the whole Turner's #11. Too big. I'll try just "Le Diable Rouge"."
Nov 18

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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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