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Clifford Essex "Crystablel" Nylon Strings.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard William Ineson Jul 27.

National Banjo Method by Geo. Dobson 1886
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Cyndy Richardson Jul 24.

Weidt in C Book 1
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Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Spooky Spooks (1916)......Edward. B. Claypoole
"Thanks Steve!  Unfortunately the PDF is really grainy or low rez.  Could you upload a better copy?  Can't wait to dig in!"
5 minutes ago
Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Old Tutor many are we missing?
"Hi Ian, This is a cool list!  Did you want to add more of these to this site?  I would think it cool but most are in A notation and some are stroke style books. Of course all of the music can be played fingerstyle, but many stroke style…"
6 hours ago
Joel Hooks replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"Look at the cut of his pants.  See how they are tight at the knee then swell out to a bell bottom.  Notice that the hem tapers to be shorter in the front and longer in the back to follow where they will hit the shoe.  When standing…"
Aug 29
Joel Hooks replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"Looks like a SSS Champion to me."
Aug 29
Joel Hooks replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"After consulting with someone who I would call an "expert" on Weaver banjos, both banjos in this photo are confirmed as being his make.  So, both banjos are English."
Aug 29
Joel Hooks replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"Many American banjoists took up the tenor and plectrum.  Even die-hard 5 string devotes like George Lansing would play and teach tenor when that is what it took to pay the bills. Yes that peghead style shows up on banjolins from both sides of…"
Aug 28
Joel Hooks replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"My opinion on the recordings (which you can hear by following the link to a podcast in the original post) is that the first piece is a duet with a "fingerstyle banjo" and a plectrum banjo.  With headphones I can hear two distinct…"
Aug 28
Joel Hooks replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"Hi Tony! If one looks at that photo of Lowry holding the banjo and zooms in on his right hand one can see that he has "textbook" classic banjo RH position.  The thumb extends in advance of the rest of the fingers which are bent at the…"
Aug 28

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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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