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Middleton's Spanish Dance
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks on Wednesday.

Orpheus Music Publishers, London?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Aug 27.

Fall 2019 ABF Rally

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Joel Hooks replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Middleton's Spanish Dance
"Of his publication "Solos For a Quieter Mood" I only have "Cameo" and "Slumber Song." Would anyone have "Reverie" and "Meadowsweet?"  I know they are in the collection I just bought from CE but…"
Wednesday
Joel Hooks replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Middleton's Spanish Dance
"Thanks Richard!  If you have any contact with him, please let him know that he has a fan who is enjoying playing his music."
Tuesday
Richard William Ineson replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Middleton's Spanish Dance
"Alan is alive and well, he's in his 91st year I think. He was taught to play the banjo by Bernard Sheaff and worked for the original CE Co. in the 1950s. He certainly knows his way around a banjo and has composed/arranged a lot of music for the…"
Tuesday
Joel Hooks replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Middleton's Spanish Dance
"I went for the entire collection.  I got Middleton's album when it was offered on the Zither Banjo website and it has been in regular rotation. I ran across some of his work in the BMGs, one of which was his arrangement of…"
Monday
Joel Hooks replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Middleton's Spanish Dance
"Never mind... I see it was composed in 2005-- I'll buy the current edition."
Monday
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Middleton's Spanish Dance

Was this ever published before the current New CE TAB edition?I've found quite a few of his compositions and arrangements in the BMG, but not this one.If it was, does anyone have a copy they could send my way?  I'd gladly send CE £3.00 as a donation if necessary Thanks, JoelSee More
Monday
Joel Hooks replied to John Green's discussion Fascination Waltz (1904)
"Dude, It would be no problem to find two more players for your first rally!  We would make quite a splash with a 4 banjo arrangement."
Sep 11
Joel Hooks replied to Shawn McSweeny's discussion Latest Banjo Project
"That is stunning Shawn!"
Sep 11

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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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