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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 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…"
8 hours ago
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.…"
13 hours ago
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. "
Tuesday
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…"
Tuesday
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…"
Sunday
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…"
Sunday
Joel Hooks replied to Tom Taggart's discussion Harmonica Used by Minstrel Performers?
"Hi Mark, thanks for posting.  One of the interesting things about the internet is that we can now check sources and claims of facts.  In the above linked article the early claimed reference to The Musical World and Times of April 9, 1853…"
Jul 4
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

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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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