Joel Hooks
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More Books Scanned! Oh Boy!!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Mar 4.

Weaver Tailpiece Sizes
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Harrison Feb 8.

Alabama Jubilee Instrumental
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Harrison Jan 25.


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Joel Hooks replied to carrie horgan's discussion Female composers
"I have friends who knew Shirley, I'll ask them, but I am doubtful.  Later in life she turned her attention to becoming an expert in early American tinware.  She had stopped playing banjo but attended ABF rallies."
Joel Hooks replied to carrie horgan's discussion Female composers
"That is a good question. SSS published works by Edith Secor and Ada McClelland but it is all in A notation.  I am currently drawing a blank for later compositions (post 1899)."
Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion John Field BMG LIBRARY: UPDATE
"You are welcome Chris!  It is a nice little piece too.  Easy but musical."
Joel Hooks replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"Gosh Marc S., I am lucky to get three months out of a 4th on a a banjo a regularly play.  I just changed the 4th on my GFVE last weekend as it started to fray-- that is a record for me... 7 months on a daily player! "
Joel Hooks replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"I am a fan of Labella strings.   I can get them in "historically correct" sizes.  There has been a trend to thicken nylon string to an absurdly thick end-- nearly twice as thick as what was being used by FVE, Ossman, Bacon,…"
Joel Hooks replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"Please do not take me the wrong way, nail playing sounds good.  There is no doubt. It is just different than the "old recordings" sound of FVE, Ossman, Bacon, etc. It is still "classic banjo." Olly Oakley was a nail player…"
Joel Hooks replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"Hi Francis, I know a few people that play the classic repertoire on banjos and do not modify their technique from classical guitar. While it does not have the historical "classic" tone it is still fine.   Any banjo can be strung…"
Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion John Field Memorial BMG LIBRARY. UPDATE !!!
"This is fantastic work!!!! BTW, I found that "Mr. Jollyboy" was indeed named for, and inspired by, the dancing toy (this was a previous discussion)."
Mar 12

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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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