Joel Hooks
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Park Crescent March for Banjo, Banjeaurine, and Second Banjo
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Started this discussion. Last reply by thereallyniceman Feb 29.

R. Tarrant Bailey on the Thumb

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Temlett "Zither Banjo" inventor or first?
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Joel Hooks replied to Ken Chalifoux's discussion Beginner suggestions
"I don't have any particular problem with the Ellis books, but there are some advantages to Bradbury.  Bradbury has you learning chords by name early on as well as good section on chord construction (the 1927 book has an even more complete…"
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Joel Hooks replied to Ken Chalifoux's discussion Beginner suggestions
"Hi Ken, Welcome.  I don't know where you are located but next month we are having our American Banjo Fraternity Spring Rally in Palmyra, NY (near Rochester).  The ABF rallies are the only "classic banjo" exclusive events and…"
Joel Hooks replied to IAN SALTER's discussion G. MATTHEW ONE STRING BANJO NECK.
"Yes, he is quite familiar with them being of the generation that "folk music" was popular.  But the example Jap Fiddle he had was fretted diatonically so I suppose I understand the confusion. Also, he sold it as a "banjo…"
Joel Hooks replied to IAN SALTER's discussion G. MATTHEW ONE STRING BANJO NECK.
"There is an article in Keynotes that mentions a maker of these, "The Lost Character".  Not much info but an entertaining read."
Joel Hooks replied to IAN SALTER's discussion G. MATTHEW ONE STRING BANJO NECK.
"This one has been listed on ebay for a LONG time.  At one point I wrote the seller to tell them what it was and they were like "okay, thanks" and did not change their listing. For some reason people struggle with this and often argue…"
Joel Hooks replied to IAN SALTER's discussion G. MATTHEW ONE STRING BANJO NECK.
"It is the neck of a "Jap Fiddle" or "Japanese Fiddle", and before you ask... no, they have nothing to do with Japan."
Joel Hooks replied to Jason Cornwell's discussion Looking for suggestions
"To me, the Grimshaw exercises are just that.  And while musical and amusing, they each teach a lesson.  I have noticed that on the rare occasion someone posts a video of them playing one, they tend to entirely ignore the lesson. …"
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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 (17 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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