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Looking for Dance of the Spooks by Herbert Ellis TBB#401
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks May 19.

William Barrett banjo solos from 1926
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Mar 29.

 

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Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Cottonfield Capers (A Kentucky Coon Hop)...1901..Wm. Christopher O'Hare
"It is my observation that a lot of Lansing's work for Witmark was more or less phoned in.  He was one of a few people (including Fred Dunn and T Phillips) that they used to crank out banjo arrangements of most of the music they had rights…"
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Joel Hooks replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Looking for Dance of the Spooks by Herbert Ellis TBB#401
"Thanks Steve, yeah you have done a number off these Halloween/horror themed pieces.  I also have a manuscript version of that Spooky Spooks done by Kenneth from the ABF library. I've been collecting and looking for banjo specific…"
May 19
Steve Harrison replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Looking for Dance of the Spooks by Herbert Ellis TBB#401
"Hi Joel, have you had a look at Spooky Spooks by Edward Claypoole?..I did an arrangement some time back and it's in the library. The midi doesn't do it justice as it makes it sound too mechanical but playing it sounds fine....Steve."
May 19
Joel Hooks replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Looking for Dance of the Spooks by Herbert Ellis TBB#401
May 19
Joel Hooks replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Looking for Dance of the Spooks by Herbert Ellis TBB#401
"Here is a sample ad for Ghost Dance by Folkstone."
May 18
Joel Hooks posted a discussion

Looking for Dance of the Spooks by Herbert Ellis TBB#401

I am always on the lookout for spooky/horror/supernatural themed banjo pieces.I was looking over the Turner Banjo Budget list and ran across this title and was wondering if it was hiding in someone's stack out there.Other titles that caught my attending that I would not mind playing through are...#590 Mephisto Jig by Chas. Willoughby#436 Witches Dance by Norton Greenop (I have the Witches Dance by Ellis, though not the complete published piece, from one of the folios-- and that is a very good…See More
May 18
Joel Hooks replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"My next question is, are they true?  Harp strings wound not need to be as they are not fretted."
May 17
Joel Hooks replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"I should consider reading my posts before I click "add reply". John, yeah strings have gotten heavier and heavier.  What is interesting is that in side by side comparisons, the lighter strings are not only louder but have sharper…"
May 16

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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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