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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 commented on Tom Berghan's video
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"Okay now I understand.  I think a "large banjo" had a different role than a true octave low bass or cello banjo.  There was a common concept of pitching (I don't use "tuning") the banjo to suit the size.…"
Jun 17
Joel Hooks commented on Tom Berghan's video
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"Hi Tom, I am curious as to the evidence that you have about bass banjos in the mid century.  All that have seen shows them to be the product of the Banjo Clubs of the late 1880s with S. S. Stewart leading the other manufacturers on producing…"
Jun 17
Joel Hooks replied to Tom Taggart's discussion Harmonica Used by Minstrel Performers?
"Hi Tom, by “harmonica” do you mean a ten hole “Richter” (now called diatonic) harmonica like a Marine Band model?  If so then I can write with confidence that it is unlikely that any soldier in the ACW would have even…"
Jun 17
Joel Hooks replied to Tom Berghan's discussion A historically appropriate capo for your banjo
Jun 1
Joel Hooks replied to Tom Berghan's discussion A historically appropriate capo for your banjo
Jun 1
Joel Hooks replied to Tom Berghan's discussion A historically appropriate capo for your banjo
"HI Tom,  I think there is one photo of a guy holding a weird early banjo with what looks like one of these on it. As far as capo use in the "classic" era-- nada.  All of the instruction books teach playing in all keys without the…"
Jun 1
Joel Hooks replied to Rick Cicciarelli's discussion Tuning for Anthony Street Reel
"Yes, but they are played at frets with the different systems. In C notation the fourth string is middle C. in A notation the fourth string is A."
Jan 4
Joel Hooks replied to Rick Cicciarelli's discussion Tuning for Anthony Street Reel
"This book by George Lansing teaches how to read in the different "systems" of notation. http://contentdm6.hamilton.edu/cdm/ref/collection/spe-ban/id/1897 The body of banjo notation that was published prior to 1908 in the US is pretty much…"
Jan 4

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
I'm on the inside
How long have you played banjo?
A few years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Tubs

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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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