Joel Hooks
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American Banjo Fraternity Fall Rally 2020 Canceled.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Sep 18.

Turner’s Banjo Budget Complete Catalog/ Catalogue with Numbers?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard William Ineson Sep 14.

Grimshaw's Plectrum Playing for Modern Banjoists
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Sep 5.


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Joel Hooks replied to ritchie thomson's discussion Clifford Essex Special X
"From the little evidence I have on strings for these, they used the same but were shorter scale. From all that I have read, we fuss WAY more over strings than was done during the classic era."
Joel Hooks replied to ritchie thomson's discussion Clifford Essex Special X
"Hi Marc, In the US, starting in the early 1890s, a "Special sized" banjo (which was 10 1/2" rim and shorter scale) was a banjo designed to be pitched one step above C, or pitched with the 4th string to D and all others one step higher…"
Joel Hooks replied to ritchie thomson's discussion Clifford Essex Special X
" I presumed the missing X was a typo. "
Joel Hooks replied to ritchie thomson's discussion Clifford Essex Special X
"Evidently I was off on what I thought these were worth in an earlier discussion. I was informed that $1200 was a good price. Provided it is a 5 string, then it was designed and made for what we now call classic banjo today. I have a later Concert…"
Joel Hooks replied to nick stephens's discussion name that tune please
"Hi Richard, was there a published score for "Little Johnny Jones' Medley"?  My wife is a fan of Cohan... while most of the tunes are lost on me, she will know them all.  I try to play things that she likes as to not be a…"
Oct 19
Joel Hooks replied to nick stephens's discussion name that tune please
"This has not been one of my favorites.  I would say Ossman arranged it as it is a medley of various songs. These medleys were pretty popular, though I imagine it had to do with people knowing the songs that are included (which I often…"
Oct 19
Joel Hooks replied to nick stephens's discussion name that tune please
"I just sent them a message asking.  Hopefully we will hear back."
Oct 17
Joel Hooks replied to Jack's discussion New and expanded articles for Wikipedia
"Sorry if I was not clear.  It would have gone without saying that he was playing with fingers, inferred as the default method."
Oct 6

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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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