Joel Hooks
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Joel Hooks's Discussions

Weidt in C Book 1
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Cynthia Richardson Jun 28.

Coes' Cuckoos for the Banjo
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Jun 12.

Tutor for the Banjo Selected Arranged and Composed by Otto Langey
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Started this discussion. Last reply by thereallyniceman Jun 11.

 

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Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A register of surviving Parslow banjos built from 1880 to 1919
"This is quite an impressive work!  Clear and well presented.  I now know more than I ever should about Parslow banjos. A few observations... On banjo #5 there are two things attached to the head.  Does anyone know what those are and…"
yesterday
Joel Hooks commented on Jacqueline Blais's photo
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William Miles - Toronto - student banjo music

"I played Frogville at an ABF rally during the round robin.  It is not much of a performance piece but it is fun to play.  I play the B part "stroke style" or clawhammer style.  Thanks for sharing!"
Jul 15
Joel Hooks replied to David Parkin's discussion Tuning for a six string banjo
"Hi David, What Jody wrote about the "tuning."  From various sources I have found that many (including Joe Morley) would tune the six string banjo exactly like the five with the 4th D 5th in C (Fred Van Eps did this too).  That…"
Jul 14
Joel Hooks replied to david caron's discussion The Hazers, AJ Weidt
"In that case, please accept my apology for the recording, it was not motivating in any way."
Jul 13
Joel Hooks replied to david caron's discussion The Hazers, AJ Weidt
"I was up later than usual, 11 for me. I don't know Marc, I like the published intro, it gives a slight hesitation at the end that builds excitement-- classic Weidt. I am likely over thinking but I think it is correct. That said, your…"
Jul 13
Joel Hooks replied to david caron's discussion The Hazers, AJ Weidt
"I don't know if this will help or hurt but I did a read of the 2nd part and recorded the third time I played it on my phone... https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bN6X7pvk-od8CjnlvcHEUGJefQMG15gd/view?usp=sharing I think I get all the notes in…"
Jul 13
Cynthia Richardson replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Weidt in C Book 1
"Oh, yes. Thank you! I've been trying to clean up the copy that I've been working from and this will save me a lot of work."
Jun 28
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Weidt in C Book 1
"Thank you!  This is so much easier to look at."
Jun 26

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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
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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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