Joel Hooks
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Crescendo Magazines Posted
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Hal Allert May 9.

New Stuff Added To The Internet Archive!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Mar 27.

Whitney Warner No 12 Just Added!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Hal Allert Dec 24, 2016.

 

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Hal Allert replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Crescendo Magazines Posted
"Thanks, Joel for the tip. It looks like one complete year of the magazine is posted. I like the fact that they separated the good quality images to another file as the images embedded in the B&W edition are pretty bad. Please let me us know of…"
May 9
Joel Hooks posted a discussion

Crescendo Magazines Posted

I recently stumbled across an addition to the University of Rochester collection of stuff.  They had previously posted a nice big chunk of Stewart Journals which made the basis of my journey into period documentation.A random search brought up what looks like one volume of the Crescendo, the magazine of the Guild of Banjoists, Mandolinists, and Guitarists.There is some cool stuff in these including some Fred Bacon music.Check it out! …See More
May 8
Joel Hooks commented on Joel Hooks's event 'American Banjo Fraternity Spring Classic Banjo Rally'
"Hi folks, if you are planning on staying at the hotel and have not already made reservations you better do it now. I just got off of the phone with our program director and the hotel is filling up!"
May 7
Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Here is a Joe Morley puzzle for you!
"Hey Ian, what year is this ad from?"
May 6
Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion NEW ! MORE original scores available soon in the MUSIC LIBRARY
"I recently set a Morley number for a 5-Stringer supplement from his manuscript.  It was remarkable how good his handwriting was.  I've seen some pretty terrible MS but this I could play right from the page."
May 2
Joel Hooks commented on Joel Hooks's event 'American Banjo Fraternity Spring Classic Banjo Rally'
"We have a change in the program for the "Orchestra" pieces. The pieces we are playing are; "Aurora March" by Thomas Armstrong. This is an early (1888) Stewart "club" publication.  A good march and easy to…"
Apr 19
Joel Hooks commented on Paul Draper's video
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Funeral March of an Old Jaw Bone.

"Dude, we are so going to jam this at the rally! This discussion gives me a great idea for an article to put in the "5 Stringer."  "
Apr 5
Joel Hooks replied to Frank Coyne's discussion Re: Morley's An Old Fashioned Breakdown
"There is also the option of reading the first part of the book and working through the exercises.  Everything you would need to play that piece is taught (including his version of alternate fingering which I find a little wonky). You will only…"
Apr 2

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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 (14 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
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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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