Joel Hooks
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Jim Hogan-- you out there?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks yesterday.

"Classical Banjo" by Al Jeffery.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Nov 5.

Middleton's Spanish Dance
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Sep 18.


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Joel Hooks replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Jim Hogan-- you out there?
"I got a call last night about 9:40pm eastern time.  All I could make out from the message was "Banjo" and a few numbers.  The ID showed as "unknown." If that was you, please try again as the connection must have been…"
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Jim Hogan-- you out there?

Hi Jim,  I tried sending you an email last week and it bounced back to me.  Could you contact me with your current email or phone number?Thanks,Joel Hooks 214-500-0527 (in New Hampshire)See More
Joel Hooks replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"I can see that, and I would play on gut too if they were A) reasonably priced and B) readily available in the sizes I use. FVE was not trying to be historically accurate.  In fact, he made those late recordings with nylon strings on a banjo he…"
Joel Hooks replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"Nylon was better than gut or silk-- anything was better.  Imagine that for the first time you could play an entire concert without replacing your first (that would brake in the middle of a piece).  That was nylon.  A big game…"
Joel Hooks replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"There is a nice explanation of the difference in issue 104 of the 5 Stringer. or search "Spinneret Polymer Extrusion" and watch the videos of the process. Nylgut can…"
Joel Hooks replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"Fishing line is fine if you don't care about intonation.  It is extruded to catch fish, not to be even in thickness and weight.  The polyester strings sold as "nylgut" are also extruded.  It is very difficult to get…"
Joel Hooks replied to Joel Hooks's discussion "Classical Banjo" by Al Jeffery.
"Yeah, I use "cobwebs" for strings.  They are still pretty loose tuned up even for stretching.  BTW, they stretch out in a few hours.  They are only tuned up for a moment when they start to stretch."
Nov 5
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion "Classical Banjo" by Al Jeffery.
"OK, I just remembered you use very light strings. They will withstand tuning that high with no problem. But tuning even a half step high will cause some of the strings to break immediately if the scale is 27 inches or more and the strings are from a…"
Nov 4

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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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