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Joel Hooks
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  • Hollis, NH
  • United States
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Prize Banjo Instructor by Jean White

I posted this on the Classic banjo site but thought that people here might like to see it.For your isolated enjoyment I present "The Prize Banjo Instructor" by Jean White, 1884.This A notation book takes an interesting approach to teaching the banjo.  Included are four and a half pages of "Diagrams of the Finger-Board".  Ah, the old fingerboard chart strikes again, this time with in a different way.  You are to study each diagram and easily master your scales by following the notes left to…See More
Nov 22, 2020
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Oct 7, 2020
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Nelse Seymour Tambo

"Is that also a repaired split in the center area of stain? I also have one on mine."
Oct 7, 2020
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Nelse Seymour Tambo

"I find the wear or smudge patterns interesting on his tambo-- dead center where it is struck and where the other hand holds it."
Oct 5, 2020
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Oct 2, 2020
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Mid 19th Century Minstrel Tambourine

"Hi Mark, is everything okay?  Not that long ago  we could have a conversation... now insults? My post included a few questions that I don’t have answers for.  I feel like there is a connection between the old time alternate…"
Oct 1, 2020
Joel Hooks commented on Mark Weems's video

Mid 19th Century Minstrel Tambourine

"Somehow I missed this topic the first time around.  Mark's explanation, while possible, fails to address the obvious problem of burden of proof in the same light of "Russell's Teapot".  And just like Russell's…"
Oct 1, 2020
Joel Hooks commented on Mark Weems's video

Mid 19th Century Minstrel Tambourine

"Chris, Since it is public domain you could send it to me and I'll add it to the Internet Archive... or you could post it to the Archive yourself.  It is easy, accounts are free, and the more contributors the better."
Oct 1, 2020

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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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