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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 Timothy Twiss's discussion Briggs' to A/E notation
"According to Albert Baur, who knew Frank Converse, the pitch of the banjo was in A by the time or just after Converse wrote/edited the Briggs Banjo Instructor.  Pretty much all other books and music for the banjo published after Briggs up to…"
Jul 22
Joel Hooks replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Briggs' to A/E notation
"Um, COOL! I'll give it a going over this weekend.  Don't forget to put 2018 on the cover for future reference."
Jul 20
Joel Hooks replied to Timothy Twiss's discussion Yellow Converse in Sane Notation
"Hi Tim, this looks great!  Good Job!!! How much work would there be in transposing it up to C notation?  The Briggs as well?  You could post to the Classic Banjo site and this would make it available to the people who read in C. That…"
Jul 13
Joel Hooks replied to M'lou Brubaker's discussion Reading musical notation for the various Tutor books
"Hi M'lou,  Congratulations on taking the plunge to do it right. Do a search here, on the Classic Banjo Ning site, as well as the Banjo Hangout for "A Notation" or "American Notation" or some combination and include my…"
Jun 26
Joel Hooks replied to Chris Prieto's discussion Violin tuning
"Could it be that part of your tuning problems are with the strings?  Violins were gut string up to just befor WW1.  There was a shortage of strings and some pros started using a wire first.  This made it okay to use a wire first but…"
Jun 21
Timothy Twiss replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Tutor for the Banjo Selected Arranged and Composed by Otto Langey
"If anyone likes that great tune Leaning on the Garden Gate, you will enjoy The Royal Schottische. "
Jun 12
Chris Prieto replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Tutor for the Banjo Selected Arranged and Composed by Otto Langey
"Wow, what a lovely front cover! Look forward to digging in in the near future"
Jun 11
Joel Hooks commented on Matthew Menice's photo


"Looks like a boot jack.  I wonder if it is related to the skit "The Black Boot Blacks" that was a common routine."
Jun 11

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A few years
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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…

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.

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