Joel Hooks
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Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jolly Darkies..1900..William Burdette Morrison
"Alex Magee's recording is in the "original recordings" on this site.  I believe Ossman recorded it commercially but I have not seen a copy."
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jolly Darkies..1900..William Burdette Morrison
"I'll have to disagree Marc, while they share a title, they are very different pieces.  Van Eps... I think the spaced out version is from Clifford Essex and follows the B&D…"
Joel Hooks replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"Perhaps all the problems would be solved by using a banjo thimble ;-)"
Joel Hooks replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"While it is true that S. S. Stewart recommended larger banjos (and lower bridges) for stroke style playing... He also…"
Joel Hooks replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"Why can't you play clawhammer on the classic banjo?  I mean, historically people did not have a problem.  The very same banjos were used for guitar style (classic) and stroke/thimble style. Have a look at Frank Converse's…"
Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion More compositions from the late John Willis.
"I just had a quick look through these and they look pretty good. It looks like he captured the true "classic banjo" style too. Uncle Albert's Cure gave me a good laugh. I'll play through that one this evening. "
Joel Hooks replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Sheet music storage...
"I thought we were just talking about original copies. Heck, I scan everything.  If it is mine, I share it here and/or on the Internet Archive so that it will be preserved in infinite copies over the entire world. If it belongs to the ABF, I…"
Apr 21
Joel Hooks replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Sheet music storage...
"I am afraid to admit that I have been using the "banker" file boxes.  They are ugly and cheap.  I get the heaver versions. I do like the option that Ian posted, I may need to look into upgrading. All the sheets are organized by…"
Apr 19

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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 (16 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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