Classic Banjo Solo played on a Clifford Essex Concert Grand.

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Comment by Joel Hooks on February 25, 2018 at 21:53

This one is above my pay grade but I wanted to show off my Grand Concert that I've had since the Fall ABF Rally.  

Comment by carrie horgan on February 26, 2018 at 8:27

Brilliant - it takes proper dedication to learn something like that - and  the CE sounds great. 

Comment by Dave Raphaelson on February 28, 2018 at 19:01

Great playing and fabulous banjo!

Comment by thereallyniceman on March 1, 2018 at 18:18

Hey Joel,

Above your pay grade?    ... Ask for a rise!  This is one tricky piece and you made a really good job of it. I recorded my shabby attempt some time ago falling over my fingers on several occasions, and it doesn't get any easier!  Even "Fifthless Frank Lawes" couldn't play this without the odd G on the 5th string !!!!!

For those who don't know, Frank Lawes played Classic Style on a Clifford Essex Paragon.... with ONLY 4 strings!  So he didn't have the benefit of the 5th string G.   It is a good job that we do, eh Joel?

Great work and a particularly fine "right hand technique" !

Comment by Joel Hooks on March 2, 2018 at 13:38

Hi Ian, I've watched your video a few times and I am glad that I have someone to share in with the struggle.

I noticed you threw in some Bill Ball style runs in your playing... nice!

I feel I was just doing good to get most of the notes from the page out of the banjo.

Thank you for the complement on my right hand.  I have been working at that and slowly getting smoother.

Comment by Randy Dary on May 3, 2018 at 15:49

Wow!  Great job!  And a fun piece to hear.  Thank you!

Comment by Paul Painter on December 7, 2018 at 18:23

Nice work! That's a hand full Joel!!

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