Joel Hooks
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Joel Hooks's Discussions

My Adventuresome Banjo, Cammeyer
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Bostock Oct 9.

Zither Banjo Production Origins
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Bostock Oct 5.


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Joel Hooks replied to Mike Bostock's discussion Classic banjo as a term of reference
"Yeah, just kidding around, not targeted at anyone in particular but sort of a shot at American academia and their version of banjo history which ignores huge swaths of stuff. "
7 hours ago
Joel Hooks replied to Mike Bostock's discussion Classic banjo as a term of reference
"RE "Classic", My best guess is early 1970s. Now, I could try and claim that there is something in these examples: look under his…"
13 hours ago
Joel Hooks replied to Mike Bostock's discussion Classic banjo as a term of reference
"Since 2014 I've found a better etymology of the term.  When the founding ABF members were retiring from their professional jobs, they wanted to pick up the hobby of their youth-- banjo playing.  So off they went to the local music…"
19 hours ago
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Sheet Music Request Alabama Echoes.
"If the ABF has it, the requesting member should contact Becky directly so she can look for it."
Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Anyone identify these tracks?
"Slight insignificant correctly, "Curiosa" is not the orignial title, "Keep off the Grass" is correct. CE published it under "Curiosa" for unknown reasons. "
Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Arling Shaeffer's ELITE BANJO INSTRUCTOR C Notation
"Yep, I've scanned it.  It is up on the Archive and free for anyone to use for anything they want (including posting here).  I'm not sure how many people here would use A notation music and tutors, but I just added over 100 pieces…"
Joel Hooks replied to Mike Bostock's discussion Turner's Easiway Tutor for the Banjo - Herbert J.Ellis
"This is a later repackaging of this tutor that I scanned and posted here: One sees this type repackaging as late as the 1950s with US publications. "
Nov 30
Joel Hooks replied to carrie horgan's discussion Little survivor
"A "patrol" is a descriptive march (most of the time).  It is played ppp to fff and back to ppp which is supposed to simulate an approaching group marching, the march past, then marching away.  They don't always follow this…"
Nov 29

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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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