Joel Hooks
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Joel Hooks's Discussions

Feldman's Banjo Album
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Dec 25, 2019.

Essex and Cammeyer Banjo and Zither Banjo Tutor
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Dec 23, 2019.

Chords Made Easy by E. Gates

Started Dec 15, 2019


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Joel Hooks replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Historical/original concert programs
"The best way is to read period magazines. For American publications try the Crescendo (available from the university of Rochester online) or the Cadenza (New York Public Library digital collections). You likely won’t find a set list. Most of…"
Joel Hooks replied to IAN SALTER's discussion RECOMMENDATION FOR BEGINNER'S.
"Hi Ian,  what do you mean by "that period?" As far as I can tell, the English did not get "serious" about the banjo until the mid 1880s.  This aligns with the pitch change of the banjo up to "Concert C"-- or…"
Jan 15
Joel Hooks replied to nick stephens's discussion mel bays banjo method Frank Bradbury
"I would recommend listening to the recordings after you can play the exercise or piece. This will remove the reliance on "ear playing" and will allow the student to compare their playing to the recording so check their work and progress."
Jan 10
Joel Hooks commented on steve leuschner's blog post 1880s A Tilley banjo value
"Sorry about having a little fun but your request (with equal amount of info given) is very common.  Simply giving a maker's name is basically no information. Banjo makers span decades during a rapidly changing popular music trend (and the…"
Jan 10
Joel Hooks commented on steve leuschner's blog post 1880s A Tilley banjo value
"Hi Steve, we might be able to help you. But first, could you tell me the value of a half decent Ford pick up that is for sale here in the US? It has had the wheels replaced but otherwise not bad. I am thinking it would be good for hauling a mobile…"
Jan 9
Joel Hooks replied to nick stephens's discussion BMG library
"Grimshaw's "tutor" is very encyclopedic.  "Here is how you hold it and some notes, now your should be able to play sunflower dance and all A grade solos"... yeah right. I imagine that it would be a great book if one had…"
Jan 7
Joel Hooks replied to nick stephens's discussion BMG library
"Hi Nick, I am a big fan of "historical" periodicals. There is all sorts of lost knowledge hidden away waiting to be found. We are in the "golden age" of research materials.  Through efforts like those of Ian, never before…"
Jan 6
Joel Hooks commented on nick stephens's video

Whistling Rufus played by Spoonfed

"You are sounding good! The format of WR from the composer Kerry Mills is: Intro, A, A, B, B, A, C (or trio), C, D, D, A In the version published by Clifford Essex the D strain was left out.  Most recordings of English banjoists play from this…"
Jan 4

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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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