Joel Hooks
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Joel Hooks's Discussions

Feldman's Banjo Album
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Dec 25, 2019.

Essex and Cammeyer Banjo and Zither Banjo Tutor
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Aimless Wanderer Feb 8.

Chords Made Easy by E. Gates

Started Dec 15, 2019


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Joel Hooks replied to carrie horgan's discussion No-knot tailpiece questions
"Without the slots they are just "Knot" tailpieces. "
21 hours ago
Joel Hooks replied to morten lind's discussion about classic banjo action
"The "tone" depends on what you want.  If you are going for "historically informed" then it is bright and loud.  That bright tone gives all the power one needs for playing with dynamics and shading.  The current…"
Joel Hooks replied to Jack's discussion Hello World,
"Hi Jack,  I just read the Bacon Wiki.  I'm not sure how I feel-- it is extremely abridged.  You don't even scratch the surface on his compositions.  You don't mention his instruction books (in their various…"
Joel Hooks replied to IAN SALTER's discussion WEAVER/CLIFFORD ESSEX FOR SALE.
"Links are helpful. There is a CE Professional here... These are great banjos but were not built by Weaver. And here is the other…"
Mar 11
Joel Hooks commented on Samurai Banjo's photo

S.S.Stewarts Banjos wrench TAG

"Could you provide the measurements for this tag? "
Mar 3
Joel Hooks commented on Samurai Banjo's photo


"This answers a question that I have had for a long time-- why did they keep using the "no knot" device on 4 string banjos?  Now I know! This sort of thing is a big deal to me!  Thank you so much for posting."
Mar 2
Joel Hooks commented on Samurai Banjo's photo

S.S.Stewarts Banjos wrench TAG

"These tags are SUPER COOL!  Thanks for posting!"
Mar 2
Joel Hooks replied to IAN SALTER's discussion NEW STRINGS.
"Hi Pär, So there seems to be speculation and documentation.  The sizes I give are based on what was used by Fred Van Eps when nylon came out.  We have measured strings that he installed on banjos.  These sizes were also given in…"
Feb 29

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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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