Jody Stecher
  • 72, Male
  • San Francisco, CA
  • United States
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Jody Stecher's Discussions

Wild and Crazy Banjos
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Nov 6, 2017.

Hot air auction
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Jul 1, 2017.

Unusual banjo alert!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Jun 18, 2017.

 

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Jody Stecher replied to Rémi's discussion Ziter Banjo-Banjo guitar ???
"Dave, I concur that the bottom right tuner is used whenever possible. It just wouldn't feel right to omit  it and send the first string elsewhere. As for which tuner is used for the third string I'd say "it depends",…"
Oct 14
Jody Stecher commented on Anthony Derycke's video
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The Darkie's Dream " G.L.Lansing "

"Hi, Anthony. I don't understand the question. -Body Jody "
Oct 9
Jody Stecher commented on Anthony Derycke's video
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The Darkie's Dream " G.L.Lansing "

"That sounds so good.  Only 9 views?   And for some reason on the home page Ning is showing me the photo of Marc and Remi for this post!  This is very peculiar, as if all French family banjo duets were the same people!  Anyway I…"
Oct 9
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Tony Trischka's excellent video on "Classic Style Banjo"
"Good points, all of them, Joel. And Marc, thank you for using the carrot/stick metaphor correctly.  As you obviously know, it has nothing to do with threats vs rewards. The stick is not there to beat the animal.  It is to have something…"
Oct 7
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Tony Trischka's excellent video on "Classic Style Banjo"
"I know 8 professional bluegrass banjo players and two semi-pros who jumped right in and learned some good sounding classic banjo pieces because of the appeal of the music. It  sounded good to them. Maybe the most remarkable was (former member…"
Oct 5
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Tony Trischka's excellent video on "Classic Style Banjo"
"It might be helpful to consider some other factors, things outside the banjo world. For instance in the same ensembles that included a plectrum banjo the horn players read a C note and a B flat came out of their horns. And the plectrum banjo…"
Oct 3
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Tony Trischka's excellent video on "Classic Style Banjo"
"Whoops!  Yes, Carrie is right.  A half inch bridge and a thumbpick are a hopeless combination. "
Oct 1
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Tony Trischka's excellent video on "Classic Style Banjo"
"There are two basic approaches which may be described as "armor" and " jewelry".  In the armor style the pick covers the fingertip and follows its contour. In the jewelry approach the blades stick out some, or even a lot.…"
Sep 26
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Tony Trischka's excellent video on "Classic Style Banjo"
"I found that light picks are the ones that don't work. They produce a poor sound.  The titanium picks are interesting in that the thicker ones are still lightweight and bring out good sound. They are so light it is almost like wearing no…"
Sep 25
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Tony Trischka's excellent video on "Classic Style Banjo"
"I like Kyser picks. Whatever brand you use be sure to get the heaviest gauge you can find. I also very much like Diamond Ti  picks which are titanium and expensive.  National picks are inexpensive and will do but they don't produce…"
Sep 25
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Tony Trischka's excellent video on "Classic Style Banjo"
"Tony can play *anything* on the banjo. And he does. I had the pleasure and honor of playing a few gigs with him a while back.  He was able to quickly learn some of my compositions. Not only that, he *wanted* to.  You are right, Ian, that…"
Sep 24
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Who are they? (banjo players)
"My first thought was Brooks and Denton.  The banjo player seated in the foreground resembles the photos of Ruby Brooks. The player in the back doesn't look a lot like the photos of Denton. So I'm not at all sure. "
Sep 10
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Waiting For The Robert E. Lee (1912)....Lewis F. Muir
"Shari Lewis was the best ventriloquist I have ever seen. There are some surprising adult (not off-color, but not aimed at kids) comedy sketches on youtube of Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop, including one where Lamb Chop is drunk and the two sing a duet…"
Sep 10
Jody Stecher replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"That thin string just below her thumb is what I was calling "the fifth". But now that I see the 6 strings on the peghead I guess it's the seventh.  In any case I meant the short string.  I wonder if either one is a banjo…"
Sep 1
Jody Stecher replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"We are seeing the same thing. I wrote reflexively, automatically calling the short drone string "the fifth" which on this banjo is the wrong number."
Sep 1
Jody Stecher replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"Ooh, thanks for pointing out these details. I see all you are describing on *his* banjo. And I had missed noticing any of it. On hers I think I see a total of five strings. Look at her C chord.  Her index finger almost touches the third string.…"
Sep 1

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Banjo Benches at San Francisco Airport!

 I was taking a flight out a new terminal at San Francisco the other day and was surprised and amused to see the shape of some comfortable new benches with a new shape.  Off topic because they look like plectrum banjos? No indeed, these are Zither Banjo Benches!  I'm afraid my mobile phone takes horrible quality pictures but at least the shape was captured. The wave of the future?

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Posted on November 17, 2011 at 4:06 — 5 Comments

Dave, here's the heel

Posted on November 28, 2010 at 22:33

clear photos of the missing banjo

Note the copper bass string, the red binding around the pot and the inlay "The Cammeyer Vibrante Royal" These are distinctive.…


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Posted on November 28, 2010 at 22:16

Comment Wall (17 comments)

At 4:06 on April 7, 2009, Trapdoor2 said…
Jody, regarding the banjo I'm playing in my videos: that's one of Bob Flesher's "Cotillion" (12") models; my main axe for about 6 yrs. Thanks for the kind remarks, I've gone from archtop Stelling "shrill" to "tubby" over the years (in more ways than one!). I have a fiberskyn head on it, Aquila Nylgut strings and one of those Cole 5-footed bridges. I have a small collection of banjos but the Flesher gets all the playing time these days.
At 1:08 on April 12, 2009, Paul Hostetter said…
Then I shall cheer your posts.
At 5:54pm on March 14, 2010, Joel Hooks gave Jody Stecher a gift
At 8:11 on August 19, 2010, Liz McElwain said…
Thanks, Jody. Hope to be able to meet you over the Didmarton weekend.
At 17:08 on September 11, 2010, Anthony Peabody said…
I enjoyed meeting you at Backwell, and I am afraid that I assumed that you were a newcomer to Banjo, so please erase from your hard drive any superfluous and quite unnecessary advice. You don't need any encouragement either. I was the bass banjo at the end of the line, filling in the blanks, and wishing I could play better. So you see, you encorage me!
Anthony Peabody
At 17:48 on December 22, 2010, Eric STEFANELLI said…

Thanks Jody, to add me as a friend, i am deeply  honored !

I would be to give you some piece of information about my banjos making, give me please your e-mail, mine is : eric.pat-luths@orange.fr .

About your music,  many people in France like bluegrass & old timey  music, and play it, there is many bands, many american banjo players come to France every  years to teach, and have many pupils, there is summer country festivals...i was myself a pupil of Tony Trishka in 1978 and and Ben Eldrige in 1982/83, but we can speak about it  by  mail. Classic banjo is  unknow or very few people know  this kind of banjo music.

Eric

At 14:09 on August 3, 2011, Pam Tointon said…

Thank you Jody I enjoyed that. Nice to hear an original composition, but well beyond me yet as a beginner I'm afraid.

 

regards Pam

At 12:51 on October 18, 2011, Neil Angus Goodwin said…
Thankyou for the info, that might explain why it is the only Cammeyer I have seen with the metal bands.
At 23:51 on March 5, 2012, allan ideson said…

thanks jody for your input.ime a guitarist .i have good instruments ...this banjo .has a lot of volume .also the neck and fingerboard are a work of art .after all these years the neck is straight .....no truss rod.when i master the beast ill put some tunes on ....thanks...allan

At 21:34 on March 8, 2012, skip sail said…

hi Jody,met you on your australian tour,we talked Fred Macdowell and Robert Petway and jammed a bit on some fingerpicked blues at Camperdown. Thanks for the welcome to the forum! Skip

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