Joel Hooks
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Alfred W. Lane's "Usual Tune"?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Jul 2.

Master Classic Banjo Without Notes... In only a few Minutes!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Jul 1.

National Self Teacher for Banjo (With Finger Board Chart).
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Pär Engstrand Jun 18.

 

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Joel Hooks commented on TONY BRYAN's video
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"That could be Marc... I think I'll work on Warren Dean's "Chief Big Jaw", Thomas Allen's "Cowboy Capers", and Frank Bradbury's "Indianjo" this weekend.  Perhaps Grimshaw's "Prairie…"
Friday
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"Well, all I hear now is #2 complete with the BOOM boom boom boom drum effect used in movies. As an earlier example I offer up "Could Chief" by J. Ernest Philie notice the intro and similar…"
Thursday
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"Does anyone have the original title sheet for this piece?  Sometimes they are themed.  An example of this is Grimshaw's "Fretwork" that has fretwork shown on the cover (fretwork being fancy cutouts using a…"
Aug 5
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"Hmm... Now that I listen to it again with a "different ear"  I can hear that sort of "Native American" early movie soundtrack sounding thing going on. I had just presumed it was "Oriental"... but…"
Aug 5
Joel Hooks commented on TONY BRYAN's video
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"Thanks for sharing!  This is one of the more enjoyable pieces (for me) by Morley.  He gets a bit hippty hoppity in much of his work and this one comes off as more serious or something. The trio is fun to play too! Interesting, "Sand…"
Aug 5
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My Lady Jazz (classic-style banjo)

"Very nice Carrie!  Thank you for sharing!! I seem to remember reading an article (perhaps more than one) in some magazine (not sure which) on how to arrange tenor music for 5 string. I enjoy Weidt's work.  He had a pretty corny sense…"
Aug 5
Joel Hooks replied to Jody Stecher's discussion A question about the value of Clifford Essex Paragon 5-string banjos
"I'll keep that offer in mind if I decide I need to reduce my library.  This one is in regular rotation of playing so I am not ready to pass it on yet."
Aug 3
Joel Hooks replied to Jody Stecher's discussion A question about the value of Clifford Essex Paragon 5-string banjos
"I've only played one Paragon.  It was certainly well crafted but it was very brittle sounding to me (and remember-- I love Van Eps banjos).  The offer at the time was sub $2k (maybe closer to $1500 but I don't remember-- heck, it…"
Aug 3

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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
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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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