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Temlett "Zither Banjo" inventor or first?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks 4 hours ago.

Alan Middleton 1927-2023
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Ray Jones Nov 1.


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Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion At A Colored Tea Party (A March For The Cake)..1900..Paul Eno.
"Yep, likely composed for banjo and arranged for other instruments as Eno was primarily a banjoist and guitarist.  I'll post this later, I have the British C notation version, and I might have the A notation, but I don't remember."
2 hours ago
Joel Hooks replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Temlett "Zither Banjo" inventor or first?
"So we are starting to circle back around to my original point of all of this.   Henry Dobson develops a design for the "closed back banjo" in or about 1867 which covers that rim in sound chamber design.  Over the years he…"
4 hours ago
Jake Glanville replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Temlett "Zither Banjo" inventor or first?
"Dear Jody, I wrote you a very nice reply but alas, when I tried to send, it disappeared into cyberspace!  (told you I was a complete duffer in this respect!) Not only that, but I couldn't send anything to anyone, nor could I open any…"
5 hours ago
Jake Glanville replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Temlett "Zither Banjo" inventor or first?
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Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Temlett "Zither Banjo" inventor or first?
"Jake: to reply to a comment in an ongoing conversation, look at the bottom of the post to which you intend to reply. You will see a blue right-pointing arrow and to its right you'll see the word "Reply". Click there. A "box"…"
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Richard William Ineson replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Temlett "Zither Banjo" inventor or first?
"Although I didn't say as much, I did include Alfred Cammeyer in the following,  "Nevertheless his writings,(Sharpe's ) like every other source of banjo history are useful but have to be viewed with caution and reference to…"
Trapdoor2 replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Temlett "Zither Banjo" inventor or first?
"Thank you, Joel! The description in the provisional patent is quite specific for the suspensory nature of the ZB, including the configuration of the perch pole. What we get, in hindsight (and IMHO), is that the ideas which were to become the ZB…"
Richard William Ineson replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Temlett "Zither Banjo" inventor or first?
"Hi Joel, I've always regarded zither banjos as being American in origin, Cammeyer brought an already, clearly fully developed, zither banjo with him when he arrived in the UK in 1888. This particular banjo came into the possession of Len…"

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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 (17 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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