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Cammeyer's Christmas Suite No. 2 Walt of the Dolls
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard William Ineson Dec 23, 2020.


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Joel Hooks replied to Brett Lowe's discussion Music for the Library
"Ah!  I misunderstood.  I did not get that it was posted here. Thanks for sharing these!"
Joel Hooks replied to Brett Lowe's discussion Music for the Library
"Hi Brett, this is great! Do you have a link to the scores for download?"
Joel Hooks replied to David griffiths's discussion 12" hoop banjo
"I would suspect that the size depends on who they sourced them from.  I'm sure they provided specifications that were followed more or less.  My Metal Hoop Special has a very wide neck at 34.925mm.  I wonder why that is?"
Joel Hooks replied to David griffiths's discussion 12" hoop banjo
"The professional is basically 1-1/4" at the nut.  That matches the catalog specs.  I mostly use metric but banjo measurements tend to be correctly in imperial.  Wow Carrie, your Metal Hoop is pretty narrow."
Jan 20
Joel Hooks replied to David griffiths's discussion 12" hoop banjo
"Concert Grand:  Nut= 1-1/4" 12th= 1-25/32" 22nd= 1-7/8" Metal Hoop Special: Nut= 1-3/8" 12th= 1-15/16" 22nd= 2-3/64" Professional Nut= 1-15/64" 12th= 1-13/16" 19th= 1-7/8" My Special is pretty…"
Jan 20
Joel Hooks replied to Aaron Jonah Lewis's discussion Help -- I've Sliced the Tip of my Right Thumb Off and I Have a Concert This Saturday...!
"I believe what you are calling "methylated spirits" is called "denatured alcohol" in the US. I cannot see any benefit from you dipping your thumb in grain alcohol that has had poison added to keep people from drinking it. I think…"
Jan 19
Joel Hooks replied to David griffiths's discussion 12" hoop banjo
"FWIW, I own the following CE models: Metal Hoop Special. This predates the professional tailpiece but post dates Weaver building them. Concert Grand.  This was purchased in 1929 (I have the payment book). Professional.  I have no idea on…"
Jan 19
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Banjourine info required.
"I have a Stewart Imperial Banjeaurine.  The rim is 12.5", the neck (nut to rim) is 10.5", the scale is 19-3/8". Sadly, someone has cut off most of the extension and it now only has 14 frets.  That said, those missing 5 frets…"
Jan 17

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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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