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Joel Hooks
  • Male
  • 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 on Monday. 3 Replies

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

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Tom Berghan replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Converse Banjo Bridges Now Available.
"I have a banjo built circa 1870. I tried several bridges on it and the bridge Joel made is the best! I love it! I recommend them! I'm gonna order a couple more myself. Thanks Joel."
Monday
Joel Hooks replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Converse Banjo Bridges Now Available.
"Yes."
Sunday
Chris Prieto replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Converse Banjo Bridges Now Available.
"Ooooh is the 47mm the space in between first and fifth string?"
Sunday
Joel Hooks posted a discussion

Converse Banjo Bridges Now Available.

Pardon my blatant marketing but I thought folks here might like to know that I am now selling period correct Frank Converse bridges on my website.It turns out that it is a really good pattern!Oh yeah, thimbles too.http://www.banjothimble.com/shop/historical-banjo-bridges.htmlBack to the normal programing.Thanks,Joel hooksSee More
Saturday
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…"
Aug 11
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

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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 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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