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Joel Hooks
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  • Hollis, NH
  • United States
  • A few years
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Joel Hooks's Discussions

New Hooks' Electric Banjo Thimbles.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hugh Strawn Dec 10, 2015. 2 Replies

E. M. Hall's New Banjo Method

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Jul 27, 2015. 9 Replies

Guitar For Sale @ Banjo Gathering

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Cohen May 30, 2015. 6 Replies

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Joel Hooks replied to Chris Prieto's discussion Gut 4th string
"HI Chris, FWIW historically, the earliest documented information on the five string banjo as we know it always used a wound over silk or wound over gut 4th string.  Pre Briggs book photos clearly show a wound 4th.  The wound 4th continued…"
Friday
Joel Hooks commented on Mark Weems's photo
Jul 31
Joel Hooks replied to Chris Prieto's discussion How long do you take to learn a song you haven't heard before?
"Very true John.  As the years of banjo went on and subsequent generations took it up they learned how to write notation better.  By the late 1880s banjo notation specific edits became more or less standard.  By the late 1890s they…"
Jul 21
Joel Hooks replied to Chris Prieto's discussion How long do you take to learn a song you haven't heard before?
"My sight reading has gotten very good, mostly because I worked at it.  If it is monophonic or has common harmonies I can typically sight read close to speed after "reading" through without a banjo in hand. This is in A notation.…"
Jul 21
Joel Hooks commented on Mark Ralston's blog post Winner's New Primer for the Banjo - 1869
"I'll have to see what is in the scan I have.  I notice that it seems to not be easily available online-- I'll fix that and add it to the Internet Archive. "
Jul 18
Joel Hooks replied to Tom Taggart's discussion Harmonica Used by Minstrel Performers?
"Yes, there are many "dug" examples of harmonica reed plates.  The problem is that they are virtually identical to the 1870s+ reed plates and the covers are almost never found.  When covers are found they are consistent with known…"
Jul 18
Joel Hooks replied to Tom Taggart's discussion Harmonica Used by Minstrel Performers?
"This is a great lead!  Chris Bathman made a name for himself claiming that he played with Jenny Lind's show in Europe.  He was discovered by P.T. Barnum. A quick google search found some good information... Here is a nice article in…"
Jul 16
Joel Hooks replied to Tom Taggart's discussion Harmonica Used by Minstrel Performers?
"By 1863 the 5 string banjo as we currently know it would have been exclusively associated with minstrelsy.  I will quietly disagree with calling it "early banjo" as all the "recorded" music that we can document that was…"
Jul 16

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A few years
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Comment Wall (8 comments)

At 10:30pm on November 30, 2008, Tim Twiss said…
Howdy, and welcome!
At 11:16pm on November 30, 2008, Carl Anderton said…
Joel, glad you showed up. I always like hearin' what you have to say.
At 8:16am on December 1, 2008, John Masciale said…
Welcome to this forum
At 9:17pm on April 18, 2011, Greg Adams said…
:-)
At 9:19pm on July 23, 2012, Strumelia said…

Thanks Joel.  :)

At 4:32pm on March 29, 2013, Valerie Díaz Leroy said…

I just got your thimbles in the mail today. Thank you for such a speedy delivery! Now, to figure out how to play this beast with the five strings. :)

At 8:10am on April 2, 2013, Valerie Díaz Leroy said…

Joel-You sent me two sets of two picks. But, I think you only charged me for one. Could you please double check the sunshinewave order. And, if you've only charged me once can I send them back to the PO Box on the envelope?

At 5:29pm on January 29, 2014, Teresa M Black-Bradway said…

Yes!
Is this Tad the banjo player who entertained Texans in the 1880's, between poker games and gunfights?
I was married last May, thus the additional last name. I retired and now live in Clayton, Ok, in the Kiamichi Mountains of the southeast part of the state.
More time for banjo playing!
I am working on frailing lately, but joined this site to see what I could learn re 1800's music.
Teresa

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