Joel Hooks
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27 Turner's Folio Things Scanned!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Draper Jul 4.

Today’s Google and Clifford Essex
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Joel Hooks replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Unusual Van Eps disc...
"In 1951 or 1952 (I can't remember) Van Eps put out a DIY set of recordings with his son.  This looks to be from the box set of records but issued in London."
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Red Wing...1907..Kerry Mills.
"I only know of a couple arrangements of The Merry Peasant."
Aug 2
Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Well Really! Joe Morley's Minor Jig... like you ain't seen before!
"A quick google search shows that the subject of the OP resides across the pond."
Aug 1
Joel Hooks replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Well Really! Joe Morley's Minor Jig... like you ain't seen before!
"I think it would be logistically difficult for Marco to be in the Titanic String Band, unless the Titanic actually made the voyage and landed in the US."
Aug 1
Joel Hooks replied to Samurai Banjo's discussion W.E. Temlett's B.M.G. News in 1897
"I did not.  Do you have a scan of the full issue?  Perhaps more issues?"
Jul 25
Joel Hooks replied to bud bennett's discussion Clifford Essex Tablature
"Sorry to be "that guy" but you will spend a lot of time painstakingly learning those two pieces, tab number by tab number.  In the end you will only know how to play those two pieces. On the other hand, if you were to take a course…"
Jul 13
Joel Hooks replied to carrie horgan's discussion zither banjo re-stringing
"I can't speak for the wire strings, but I am sure there are plenty of methods used by guitarists with those very same machines.  For the nylon I have taken to using a technique employed by classical guitarists,  I use this on regular…"
Jul 8
Joel Hooks posted a discussion

Champion Tutor For The Banjo & Zither Banjo

Just scanned and uploaded to the Internet Archive.  Not much here but at least it is now available. More
Jul 5

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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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