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

The sound of Vess Ossman
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Started this discussion. Last reply by John Cohen Feb 2.

about Nylgut
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Jan 16.

An anachronism?
14 Replies

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard William Ineson Jan 10.

 

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Jody Stecher commented on marc dalmasso's video
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Vess Ossman - Dixie

"Shawn: whoops. So it is. "
yesterday
Jody Stecher commented on marc dalmasso's video
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Vess Ossman - Dixie

"Wow, a picture of Vess Ossman playing a resonator banjo!"
yesterday
Jody Stecher replied to Brian Kimerer's discussion Playing from Standard Notation
"It would be expedient and worthwhile  and advisable and sensible to learn the basic chord forms used in classic banjo playing. Once you know these positions you automatically know  well over 50% of the fingering for thousands of banjo…"
Monday
Jody Stecher replied to Roy Manning's discussion Classic banjos
"It does, Chris, it does. "
Saturday
Jody Stecher replied to Roy Manning's discussion Classic banjos
"Is it a *role* call because a *roll* call would be for bluegrass players whose right hand patterns are called rolls?   Jody Stecher, here."
Friday
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Arthur Tilley 7string on Ebay
"Wow, that is one bizarre peghead shape. Horrible bridge. Note the tuning given on the perch pole."
Feb 3
John Cohen replied to Jody Stecher's discussion The sound of Vess Ossman
"Bacon was known as "Nebraska Fred" and toured with Bronco John's Wild West Show. http://www.addison-eagle.com/news/2015/dec/16/banjo-kid-made-forest-dale-his-home/?page=1"
Feb 2
Shawn McSweeny replied to Jody Stecher's discussion The sound of Vess Ossman
"Given the popularity then of banjo entertainer Ray "Montana" Coleman, also a B& D endorser, what could be better than a cowboy act with two banjos ? Ah, but could they yodel? I read somewhere that Fred Bacon got his start working…"
Feb 2
Joel Hooks replied to Jody Stecher's discussion The sound of Vess Ossman
"Thanks Shawn! I think Bacon did a cowboy thing too-- it was a big part of popular culture for a good chunk of time.  The weird part is when the cowboy thing got mashed with "Tyrolean" yodeling and Hawaiian guitar music-- what a odd…"
Feb 2
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Clifford Essex Professional Head?
"Natural vellum for large head is best in my opinion.  Best sound and you don't have to worry about low-high-medium crown. "
Feb 2
Shawn McSweeny replied to Jody Stecher's discussion The sound of Vess Ossman
"Thanks to Jody and Ian for the Ossman recordings. Joel  It's been a while since I read any on Ossman Jr, and there could be recall errors, but a few facts : He was born in 1893, and learned to play the banjo from his father. In 1913,…"
Feb 2
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Razzle Dazzle score
"Of course! That explains why the key note, which I took to be G, sounded like a closed string wheres what I took to be A rang out.  I was sure "G" was a closed string and couldn't guess why Vess would prefer a fretted G to an…"
Jan 31
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Razzle Dazzle score
"I gave another three listens to the recording .The low D has the sound of an open string. It has more sustain and ring than the other notes on that string. So I think it's possible that the bass is elevated here.  Vess Ossman is doing the…"
Jan 31
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Razzle Dazzle score
"Yes I remember that interview. The first time I read it I imagined that the elevation meant making the action higher, as in a Hawaiian guitar. I couldn't understand that. This was 20 years ago or more. But the reason for the  various…"
Jan 31
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Razzle Dazzle score
"Sometimes the reason for elevated bass or alternate tunings is for the sound produced by that tuning rather than for ease of fingering. The open bass string is sounded on this recording with an adamant honking sound that might have a different…"
Jan 31
John Cohen replied to Jody Stecher's discussion The sound of Vess Ossman
"That version of the Moose March is some of the most mature playing I've heard from Ossman.  Great stuff.  "
Jan 30

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Jody Stecher's Blog

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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