Joel Hooks
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Joel Hooks's Discussions

Clifford Essex Catalog on Ebay UK
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Started this discussion. Last reply by marc dalmasso Apr 13.

Le Diable Rouge, Parke Hunter
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Nov 19, 2017.

Looking For a Skinner Tone Bar

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Joel Hooks commented on Alan Jones's video

After one week

"Yeah, sounding good.  I second Ian, best now to learn alternate fingering than try to learn it later.  I know from experience. "
45 minutes ago
Joel Hooks replied to Eric Crum's discussion Songs for a beginner?
"For quick satisfaction and a very musical piece try the "Spanish Fandango." Follow that up with a similar piece, easy and exciting "On The Mill Dam Gallop" by A. Babb. Check out the" Banjo Players Favorite" by…"
marc dalmasso replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Clifford Essex Catalog on Ebay UK
"magnifique / THX  Joel & Don"
Apr 13
Joel Hooks replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Clifford Essex Catalog on Ebay UK
"Last night a super great guy named Don Milne (who also builds banjos) scanned a CE catalog for us all to share. I think this might be the same or near the same era as…"
Apr 12
Joel Hooks commented on david caron's video

Grimshaw Exercise #50

"I also want it to be known that my comments are constructive and not critical.  In other words, don't get discouraged and keep up the good work!"
Apr 11
Joel Hooks commented on david caron's video

Grimshaw Exercise #50

"These exercises are graded, have you "mastered" the other 49? I think that "How to Excel" is a great book for people who have been playing for a while and are at the intermediate approaching advanced level.  They are great…"
Apr 9
Joel Hooks commented on david caron's video

Too Utterly Too Clog Dance

"Hi David, since you asked for constructive feedback will oblige. You are playing all the correct notes for their proper duration.  That is very good and the biggest part of learning.  You also sound musical! I notice that you are not using…"
Apr 9
Richard William Ineson replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Clifford Essex Catalog on Ebay UK
"Joel, I scanned the banjo related pages (which is all I have) of the 1928 catalogue and they appear on pages 47and 48 of the photo section."
Apr 9

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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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