Joel Hooks
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James F. Roach Instructor 1916 in the "Tutor Books" Section
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks May 15.

The Brewster Banjoist?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks May 11.

 

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Joel Hooks replied to Samurai Banjo's discussion Reuben Reubens Paper Collection Released
"By 1884 it was common to pitch the banjo to C (4th string standard tuning).  Despite this change in pitch, banjo music in the US continued to be written as if the banjo was pitched to A.   Banjos were strung with gut strings (with…"
17 hours ago
Joel Hooks replied to Brett Lowe's discussion Unusual - Possibly 7 String Banjo
"Ballantine's tutor also has info on 6 string banjos.  I don't play them and they are not really on my radar to research so I will defer to others."
yesterday
Joel Hooks replied to Samurai Banjo's discussion Reuben Reubens Paper Collection Released
"While it is possible that it came from the ABF library (or not, I don't know), it has not been published in the 5 Stringer. But we appreciate the plug Richard! "
yesterday
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Pepper Sauce Rag (1910)...Harry Augustus Fischler
"They did a couple of films where Oliver had gout.  Each time he had a huge bandaged foot."
Thursday
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Pepper Sauce Rag (1910)...Harry Augustus Fischler
"=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5KZuoIBDa8"
Thursday
Joel Hooks replied to Brett Lowe's discussion Unusual - Possibly 7 String Banjo
"It is a 6 string.  The octave, or short string, dips off of the side of the fingerboard, hooks under a flat metal nub, and travels to the peghead along the side of the neck. There will likely be "Buchanan's Improvement" or some…"
Thursday
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Pepper Sauce Rag (1910)...Harry Augustus Fischler
"Did the character on the title sheet eat too much pepper sauce so that he got gout?  Is that the joke? "
Thursday
Joel Hooks replied to Samurai Banjo's discussion Reuben Reubens Paper Collection Released
"Yes, cover that in my forthcoming article on A/C notation."
Monday

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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
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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