Joel Hooks
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Joel Hooks's Discussions

Clifford Essex "Crystablel" Nylon Strings.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard William Ineson Jul 27.

National Banjo Method by Geo. Dobson 1886
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Cyndy Richardson Jul 24.

Weidt in C Book 1
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Cyndy Richardson Jun 28.


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Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Tony Trischka's excellent video on "Classic Style Banjo"
"Marc referred to intermediate players. There is no doubt that professional level banjoists can play whatever they want.  At the end of the day amateurs at intermediate level are the ones with the cash that drive an industry. Selling to hobbyist…"
Oct 5
Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Tony Trischka's excellent video on "Classic Style Banjo"
"Yeah, jumping in with Sunflower Dance is like learning to ride a bike without training wheels and expecting to be able to ride a century.  I would not expect to be able to play FMB with no previous bluegrass experience after someone shows me…"
Oct 5
Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Tony Trischka's excellent video on "Classic Style Banjo"
"And yet there is still a very active group of people playing the "early banjo" stuff stroke style which I would put in the class with all the single page stuff published from 1879 to after 1890 (including many of the very same…"
Oct 4
Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Tony Trischka's excellent video on "Classic Style Banjo"
"To add in the mix (perhaps for no reason other than to see my own posts) I am almost done with the new book "Roots and Branches."  Learning about all the various African plucked lute instruments that have membrane sound boards it…"
Oct 3
Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Tony Trischka's excellent video on "Classic Style Banjo"
"True, Shawn, the popular music shift was a big part, but it does not explain the weird near extinction of finger played regular banjos. Other instruments fall from their initial fad.  Take the Hawaiian Guitar as an example.  Once super…"
Oct 3
Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Tony Trischka's excellent video on "Classic Style Banjo"
"My theory on why wire strings came to be points at plectrum instruments as the root cause. When the finger style regular banjo fell out of favor (some evidence points to the A/C notation issue being part of the cause) and plectrum banjos took the…"
Oct 2
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Spooky Spooks (1916)......Edward. B. Claypoole
"Thanks Steve!  Unfortunately the PDF is really grainy or low rez.  Could you upload a better copy?  Can't wait to dig in!"
Sep 21
Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Old Tutor many are we missing?
"Hi Ian, This is a cool list!  Did you want to add more of these to this site?  I would think it cool but most are in A notation and some are stroke style books. Of course all of the music can be played fingerstyle, but many stroke style…"
Sep 20

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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 (15 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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