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

Zither-Banjo Rarity
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Started this discussion. Last reply by David Wade Sep 19.

Banjo cartoon
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Shawn McSweeny Sep 2.

No Banjo Antics but pale turquoise is a good carpet color.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by thereallyniceman Aug 24.

 

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Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Fred Van Eps Solos now in TUTOR BOOK downloads
"In the article George Van Eps says that the two played together at home and that he sat on Gershwin's lap. No mention is made of the two friends recording or performing in public. Do we know for a fact that Van Eps really chose his piano…"
yesterday
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Fred Van Eps Solos now in TUTOR BOOK downloads
"Another interesting and surprising thing that comes out in the interview is that George Gershwin had been Fred Van Eps' piano accompanist! "
Saturday
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Fred Van Eps Solos now in TUTOR BOOK downloads
"Now it works!. Thanks Ian and Joel. jody"
Saturday
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Fred Van Eps Solos now in TUTOR BOOK downloads
"No matter how I try to download this I get a message saying I do not have permission. For instance: Forbidden You don't have permission to access /files/TUTORBOOKS/Van_Eps_Banjo_Solos.pdf on this server. Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was…"
Saturday
Jody Stecher commented on thereallyniceman's video
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Banjo Solo C 1908 : "Whistling Rufus " played by John Pideaux

"Thanks, Ian. I always like hearing JP play. I wonder how he got his amazing tone. Never mind about the snotty commentary.  I think he secretly liked the recording. Why else would he share it on youtube?"
Sep 23
David Wade replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Zither-Banjo Rarity
"I does indeed, in fact the owner has just contacted me "off list". It looks to be a very nice Camm. Patent, so predates the Vibrante."
Sep 19
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Help for a beginner please !
"I think I may detect a misunderstanding. Forgive me if I'm wrong. "Fingering" indications in banjo notation are for the left hand, not for the right. The numbers 1 through 4 are for the four left hand digits. The right hand is…"
Sep 16
Trapdoor2 replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Zither-Banjo Rarity
"Looks like a ZB needing rescue! David Wade lives out around there, I seem to recall.  "
Sep 15
Jody Stecher posted a discussion

Zither-Banjo Rarity

Zither-Banjo alert, especially for those on the east side of the Atlantic, especially for those near Yorkshire. There's something I've never seen before up for auction on Ebay: a Cammeyer Patent zither -banjo in good condition. Every other one I've seen has had veneer damage to the resonator. Have a look:…See More
Sep 15
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Don’t try this at home !!
"Thank you. "MSs" makes sense. "
Sep 7
Jody Stecher and Russ Chandler are now friends
Sep 7
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Don’t try this at home !!
"Wow, thank you for posting these things. They certainly are of value, to say the least. A few questions please.  1) what do you think Farland has found in his attic? I can't read the word he has written. Context suggests he means sheet…"
Sep 7
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Don’t try this at home !!
"Paganini (1782 to 1840) did a lot of thrashing about on stage. he threw his hair this way and that, and the same goes for the hair of his violin bow. He broke strings on purpose and continued to play.  He made facial…"
Sep 7
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Don’t try this at home !!
"Farland does not impress as a reasonable person. He was a proponent of the idea that metal should not be included in banjo construction because it imparts a metallic sound. I have had 2 Farland banjos, both very good but whose necks were a bit…"
Sep 6
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Don’t try this at home !!
"This is an interesting and important topic. Why do you think that using the thumb and fingers to pluck the banjo strings in the usual way is safe but tremolo is dangerous? Surely a banjo player repeats the same finger motions over and over when…"
Sep 6
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Don’t try this at home !!
"Farland had to play with enough force to fill a theatre with sound and to do this with no help from a microphone. I think there is less danger of injury or pain or even discomfort if one plays with moderate force.  "
Sep 5

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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 (16 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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