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E. W. Mackney's Banjo Tutor
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks 21 hours ago.

Speaking of Weird Pieces That Don't Make Sense
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 on Sunday.

Prize Banjo Instructor by Jean White
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Nov 27.


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21 hours ago
Joel Hooks replied to Joel Hooks's discussion E. W. Mackney's Banjo Tutor
"The British did us no favors by not dating anything.  It is very annoying.   I think Bob and Eli were using other sources to try and date these things. I know that as I go through the BMGs and see a piece announced "ready for…"
21 hours ago
Joel Hooks replied to Joel Hooks's discussion E. W. Mackney's Banjo Tutor
"Here is your other Mackney tutor Marc... It is in C."
21 hours ago
Trapdoor2 replied to Joel Hooks's discussion E. W. Mackney's Banjo Tutor
"I would say "early 1890s"....but probably close enough. Sousa composed "The Washington Post March" in 1889, introduced at a ceremony in June of that year. It was an instant hit but I imagine it would take a little while for it to…"
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Pär Engstrand replied to Joel Hooks's discussion E. W. Mackney's Banjo Tutor
"Ha! I really should, shouldn't I? :-)"
Joel Hooks replied to Joel Hooks's discussion E. W. Mackney's Banjo Tutor
"You should join the ABF, I wrote an article in our newsletter that clears all of this up."
Pär Engstrand replied to Joel Hooks's discussion E. W. Mackney's Banjo Tutor
"Thanks alot, Joel. Really interesting! So the Brewster book was published 1885, or? And was it also the first banjo book ever to be published in c notation? Because there's no explanation what so ever to why he would he would publish a book in…"
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E. W. Mackney's Banjo Tutor

Here is an interesting artifact. Mackney's Banjo Tutor is claimed to be the first British published tutor from sometime around 1863.It was republished at differed times and I present to the curious banjo world an edition from about 1890 (according to Eli Kaufman and Bob Winans).  This edition comes courtesy of Drew Frech.This J. Williams edition is basically the same as the original (as I understand it), with the addition of two titles at the end in C.  With exception of those two added titles,…See More

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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

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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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