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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 replied to Ethan Baker's discussion More Guitar Style Resources?
"Hi Ethan, I when you write "classical" do you mean what is now called "classic"?  "Classical Banjo" is classical music played using bluegrass "rolls" on steel wire with Hawaiian guitar…"
20 hours ago
Joel Hooks commented on Paul Draper's video

Weston’s Great Minor Jig.

"Share this on the Classic Banjo site-- it is legit."
Apr 7
Joel Hooks liked Paul Draper's video
Apr 6
Joel Hooks commented on Paul Draper's video

Weston’s Great Minor Jig.

"Nice job!  This one is tricky, and SO many variations means practically anything goes. I’m glad you worked this one up.  It is pretty obvious that I am obsessed with it."
Apr 6
Joel Hooks commented on flatfoot johnny's photo

Tunbridgeware inspired banjo

"Al, to change keys one just needs to play in a different key.  Full instructions are given in the Converse "Green" book.  No patent clamps, twisting pegs or mousetraps needed. Johnny, this is a very cool banjo!  I understood…"
Mar 27
Joel Hooks replied to Al Smitley's discussion Blackface & Minstrel Shows
Mar 17
Joel Hooks replied to Al Smitley's discussion Boucher
"I don't have a photo.  You might shoot Pete Ross an email or message on Facebook as he is the expert.   I have been inside of his establishment, Pete took us there.  It was a coffee shop at the time."
Mar 10
Joel Hooks replied to Trapdoor2's discussion The early banjo in North Alabama...
"I can't help you with Alabama.  You mentioned Nashville.  I do have ads for Frank Converse's school and lessons in Memphis, 1855."
Oct 29, 2019

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Comment Wall (9 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…

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.

At 10:17am on August 12, 2019, Strumelia said…

Just passing by and saying hi!   :)

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