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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
"Yes, cover that in my forthcoming article on A/C notation."
yesterday
Joel Hooks replied to Samurai Banjo's discussion Reuben Reubens Paper Collection Released
"I don't much care for the piece, I am interested in the idea of A notation being printed in England. It is not hard to believe that it was simply a mistake. "
Monday
Joel Hooks replied to Samurai Banjo's discussion Reuben Reubens Paper Collection Released
"Thanks Shawn!  I had suspected that it was in A notation and was surprised to see it in an English publication. The theory of the publisher not knowing better does make sense. I have thoroughly flogged the subject of A and C notations (as well…"
Saturday
Joel Hooks replied to Samurai Banjo's discussion Reuben Reubens Paper Collection Released
"Could one not just stop the 6th string at the second fret?"
May 28
Joel Hooks replied to Samurai Banjo's discussion Reuben Reubens Paper Collection Released
"This is very cool stuff!  Thank you so much for this.  It is especially interesting to see English publications with year of publication. I am a bit confused about some of this stuff though.  For example, in "Sheard's…"
May 28
Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion NEW SCORES ADDED TO MUSIC LIBRARY
"Thanks Ian!!  Looks like I need to get to work (cracks knuckles)."
May 27
Joel Hooks commented on Jerron Paxton's video
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WAY DOWN SOUTH, Vess L. Ossman levytti banjosoolona pianon säestyksellä 5.11.1903

"Why is there a photo of Vess Ossman Jr. with the record?"
May 23
Joel Hooks replied to Joel Hooks's discussion James F. Roach Instructor 1916 in the "Tutor Books" Section
"Here is Bradbury playing it, sadly the version in his tutor is not the same... HILO%20MARCH%20FRANK%20BRADBURY.mp3 And here is the piano sheet music.  Notice the cool Hawaiian guitar style glissandos in the first…"
May 15

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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
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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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