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

Tailpiece
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Started this discussion. Last reply by John Cohen Aug 2.

2 banjos available
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Jun 23.

steel strings but so what?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Jun 18.

 

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Jody Stecher replied to Eric Womersley's discussion Chord fingering
"Midway through this discussion Eric, the original poster wrote " To my way of thinking, however, the Dmaj should be written 321 if it's to be consistent with the way E7 is notated.".   Since that point in the discussion…"
18 hours ago
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion "The Zither Banjo Hints on the Right Hand"... from Rhythm Magazine 1927
"Odd that Sheaff refers to the banjo's "keyboard" rather than fingerboard or fretboard. Keys on a banjo neck?"
Sunday
Jody Stecher replied to Eric Womersley's discussion Chord fingering
"I disagree, Steve. Learning music theory (which I  agree is good idea) explains *why*.  The question of what fingers to use is a matter of *how*.  The perceived problem ( which I do not agree is a problem) was that the "321…"
Sunday
Jody Stecher replied to Eric Womersley's discussion Chord fingering
"First of all most hands find 321 at the second fret to cause discomfort at best and severe pain in most case. I usually play it 321 but I've been playing banjo since I was 12. 421 doesn't hurt the back of the hand. Secondly 2p 123 is…"
Thursday
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A mega-rare Sam Collins recording for us to enjoy!
"I know what you mean, Marc and I hear that too. But the piano sounds more natural at G and the speed of the accompaniment less "super-human". "
Thursday
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A mega-rare Sam Collins recording for us to enjoy!
"This sounds pretty much right to me at this speed. And now the strings sound thicker and less metallic. It sounds more like a regular banjo now. Also the music is more enjoyable to me at this speed."
Thursday
Jody Stecher replied to Eric Womersley's discussion Chord fingering
"Right, the letters you mentioned, plus the numbers I mentioned (and a buncha other 3 string combo-s). The original question is about "chord fingering" vs "chord boxes". The boxes are those diagrams with dots and a grid.  I…"
Thursday
Jody Stecher replied to Eric Womersley's discussion Chord fingering
"oh! are we not talking about chord markings such as 441, 312, 231, etc? (see pages 13 through 15 of Grimshaw's "The Banjo and How To Play It") "
Thursday
Jody Stecher replied to Eric Womersley's discussion Chord fingering
"I think the question was about about chord "windows" aka "boxes" aka "diagrams". What Steve has described is true but applies equally to guitar, uke, etc. "
Thursday
Jody Stecher replied to Eric Womersley's discussion Chord fingering
"Why do we persist in playing classic style music? Why do we persist in playing banjos? In classic banjo, especially in the British "school", one learns a handful of chord shapes that work on all frets. Chord boxes give more information…"
Aug 26
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A mega-rare Sam Collins recording for us to enjoy!
"Now *that* sounds like a "regular" (non zither) banjo.  I wonder what it was like being a studio flute or piccolo player back in the day. It seems you got lots of work but you never got to play anything resembling a melody. Trills,…"
Aug 22
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A mega-rare Sam Collins recording for us to enjoy!
"I agree that it sounds like a zither-banjo. "
Aug 21
Jody Stecher replied to Eric Womersley's discussion OT 3 finger, classic and bluegrass style playing
"I think that information could be conveyed in one simple sentence: "do not lift a finger for no reason".  "
Aug 14
Jody Stecher replied to Eric Womersley's discussion OT 3 finger, classic and bluegrass style playing
"The problem with metronomes is that they all slow down ;-)"
Aug 14
Jody Stecher replied to Eric Womersley's discussion OT 3 finger, classic and bluegrass style playing
"Do you mean Pajama Dance on page 25?  I think it's safe to say that everybody who participates on this web forum (and millions of other musicians, professional as well as student) also go through a new piece very slowly when learning it.…"
Aug 13
Jody Stecher replied to Eric Womersley's discussion OT 3 finger, classic and bluegrass style playing
"Clawhammer also paints a mental picture when played by able exponents. Also, the only difference between clawhammer and classic technique is that in the latter the thumb comes down and the digits go up whereas in clawhammer the digits go down and…"
Aug 9

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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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