Joel Hooks
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Joel Hooks's Discussions

Gariepy "Van Eps Flush Fret" Banjo!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Nov 4.

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.


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Joel Hooks commented on Paul Painter's blog post Getting started
"Hello Paul! I recommend giving yourself a course of study.  The course I am most fond of (currently) is the "Mel Bay Banjo Method Concert Style" by Frank C. Bradbury.  It is still in print if you want a hard copy, or you can buy…"
16 hours ago
Joel Hooks replied to Mike Bostock's discussion Repertoire question
"Hi Mike, I don't think context has been addressed.  I will take a guess. Zither banjos were supported by the same classic banjo tradition that regular 5 string banjos were a part of. Zither banjos were an innovation on the old Dobson…"
Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Banjo Rallies in the Good Old Days
"Me me!!  I want to go!!! Cool photo!  Burton Gedney and Alex Magee both took lessons from "the" Frank B. Converse.  Paul Cadwell took lessons from FVE from about 1900 to 1902 (about 30 lessons).  Cadwell also took two…"
Nov 7
Joel Hooks commented on Andy Chase's video

Melon Jig - classic fingerstyle banjo duet played by Andy Chase

"Hey Andy, I can sight read any of those 2nd banjo parts (hint hint)."
Nov 6
Joel Hooks replied to Trapdoor2's discussion The Banjo Gathering 2018...back from the edge of madness
"I watched the concert and Aaron did a fantastic job. He is a great ambassador for Classic banjo.  I feel he missed an opportunity when he played "Progressions."  Since it was published and composed very late (like the 1950s or…"
Nov 5
Joel Hooks replied to Trapdoor2's discussion The Banjo Gathering 2018...back from the edge of madness
"Dang, I would have loved to see Joe's SSS collection.  I wished I could have gone.  It sounds like it was a good one. I think a "banjo orchestra" is a great idea.  People can hear all that "classical music"…"
Nov 5
Trapdoor2 replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Gariepy "Van Eps Flush Fret" Banjo!
"Holy Cats! Very cool banjo, Joel. Well Done! (that serves for both the banjo and Darktown Dandies)"
Nov 4
Joel Hooks replied to Mike Bostock's discussion Repertoire question
""Fanfare Des Dragons" is a plagiarized version of "On The Mill Dam" Galop by A. A. Babb-- and American piece that was very popular. "Cromartie March" looks, after a quick mental read through, to be an average "A…"
Oct 31

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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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