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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

Converse Banjo Bridges Now Available.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Berghan Aug 21, 2017. 3 Replies

New Hooks' Electric Banjo Thimbles.

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

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Joel Hooks commented on Paul Draper's video
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Melon Jig.

"I should add that I think Hal got most of what he posted from Marc Smith (trapdoor) who has been extreamly generous with his collection."
Dec 3, 2018
Joel Hooks commented on Paul Draper's video
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Melon Jig.

"These were all posted on the late Hal Allert's Classicbanjo.com website which is no longer active (but his classicbanjoradio.com site is sill maintained by his daughters). Putting these up on the internet archive has been on my list but I just…"
Dec 3, 2018
Joel Hooks replied to Brice Alms's discussion Does the banjo in this early record sound like there playing stroke style
"I seem to remember the phrase used by SSS was "fallen out of favor," but that did not stop him from continuing to promote it and even go to the effort and expense to design and patent a new thimble. Despite SSS' opinion, plenty of…"
Nov 30, 2018
Joel Hooks commented on Paul Draper's video
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Genuine Negro Jig

"Reading the book "Way Up North in Dixie" cover to cover I found that the authors failed to make any true connection to Emmett. If i remember correctly, the only "evidence" was a publicity image of Emmett that was found in a box…"
Oct 4, 2018
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Stroot's discussion Fretting over fretless
"That is a good question Al, I don't know much about guitars (German or Spanish) other then the two books I have read on Martin Guitars."
Sep 25, 2018
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Stroot's discussion Fretting over fretless
"Hi Steve, FWIW mandolins did not become popular or even widely known in the US until after the Spanish Students toured in 1880 causing the popularity of an instrument that they did not even play (it is worth a little googleing).  Mandolins…"
Sep 25, 2018
Joel Hooks replied to Steve Stroot's discussion Fretting over fretless
"Al, common= early 1880s.  Very uncommon but did exist mid 1850s."
Sep 24, 2018
Joel Hooks commented on D. Wooldridge's event Joel Sweeney Convergence
"Have fun!  I was going through some old Fretted Instrument News and read that the American Banjo Fraternity funded the Joel Sweeney gravestone in 1954.  Just a bit of fun trivia. "
Sep 7, 2018

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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?
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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 Diaz 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 Diaz 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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