December 2009 Blog Posts (5)

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

Added by Joel Hooks 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

Added by Joel Hooks on December 6, 2009 at 20:45 — 1 Comment

Joe Morley on the move

Just to let you all know that I've moved the Joe Morley site to : Look out for new material going up over the Christmas break.

Added by David Wade on December 4, 2009 at 10:12 — 1 Comment

Zither-Banjo Christmas

Just to let you know that this years' Christmas Page is up on the z-b website...couple of Camm tunes to download.

Added by David Wade on December 4, 2009 at 10:10 — No Comments

classic banjo preferred at recording session

Had an interesting experience this morning. I got a last minute call to do a two hour recording session at a small local studio to play banjo for an iPhone ap (whatever that is) connected with a children's book about a freight train. I brought along a steel-strung Gibson mastertone bluegrass banjo and a 1918 AA Farland Concert Grand strung with nylon strings. I took out the Farland first and after hearing a few random bars of St Louis Tickle, Home Sweet Home and A Banjo Revel, neither the… Continue

Added by Jody Stecher on December 4, 2009 at 9:03 — 1 Comment

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