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Edmund Forman Sheet Music
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Byron Thomas May 14.

Cool Title Sheet for Under The Double Eagle
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Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Vess Ossman at his best!
"Do you mean the photo of the guy (possibly a clerk) standing in the doorway to a shoe store that is just before the guy sitting and holding a Weymann banjo? I think it is just some random old timey photo."
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The Elite Banjo Instructor by Arling Shaeffer, 1918 w/ 12% Schottisches

Hello Classic Banjo People!Please find linked the freshly scanned "Elite Banjo Instructor" by Arling Shaeffer.This is not much of a tutor and more of a collection of compositions and arrangements.  This seems to be a later edition transposed to C notation. Just for fun, and excluding unnamed exercises and the one song, my clumsy math deduced that this book was 12.7% Schottisches.I don't know much about Arling but I believe that he was more into mandolins and guitars than the banjo.  Still,…See More
Joel Hooks commented on Anurakt Scheepers's video

Queen of the Burlesque

"With our classic banjo canon there is "for use" music and concert solos.  "For use" would be a lot of the generic pieces, particularly published in the US between 1879 and 1900.  These are the basic sort of polkas,…"
Joel Hooks commented on Anurakt Scheepers's video

Queen of the Burlesque

"Oh, wait, are you confusing Schottische with Scottish?  Those don’t have anything to do with each other.  Schottisches are slow polkas."
Joel Hooks commented on Anurakt Scheepers's video

Queen of the Burlesque

"I don’t know Tony, pieces that carry “Schottische” in the title (or subtitle) follow a pretty clear form and harmonics rarely have anything to do with it, In late 19th century American publications I would guess conservatively that…"
Joel Hooks commented on Richard William Ineson's photo

Clifford Essex stand 1931

"It is a great photo and very cool to see that vendor booths have not changed much at all."
Jun 7
Joel Hooks commented on Richard William Ineson's photo

Clifford Essex stand 1931

"They are labels with model designation.  Click on the “full view” and you can see them."
Jun 6
Joel Hooks replied to Cyndy Richardson's discussion Best Resources for Learning Proper Right-hand Technique
"I’m a broken record on this but... pick a course of study and work through it.  We all love to just jump in and the correct things later but this is a big mistake.  I know because I largely ignored alternate fingering at first and…"
Jun 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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