Jody Stecher
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Jody Stecher's Discussions

Emile Grimshaw photo
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob MacKillop May 5.

Public Service Announcement: CE Regal on eBay UK
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Pär Engstrand Apr 16.

Rare book at an optimistic price
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Dec 30, 2018.

 

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Jody Stecher replied to Trapdoor2's discussion Airy Fairy, A.J. Weidt
"I am pretty sure that the title indicates just as you say. A bit of this, a bit of that. "
yesterday
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Clifford Essex Spanish Guitar Footstool Knockoff
"WOW, these are gorgeous. I would happily buy one today. And the height is lower than the lowest setting on my metal one, which makes it just right for me. But not for banjo. I would use it for oud. If there's no interest at the rally…"
Monday
Jody Stecher commented on Joel Hooks's video
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Frank Bradbury 5 String Banjo Ragioso Rondo 12-9-1950

"You are right! I mis-remembered. The layout is good in Bradbury. There is plenty of space to breathe."
May 17
Jody Stecher commented on Joel Hooks's video
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5 String Banjo & Piano - Frank & Ann Bradbury

"I'm still listening. It's actually pretty amazing to  hear them at once unaligned. Absolute banjo chaos."
May 16
Jody Stecher commented on Joel Hooks's video
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5 String Banjo & Piano - Frank & Ann Bradbury

"I listened half way through the Bradbury version and then clicked on the Reser link.  The Reser recording began to play but the Bradbury recording also continued.  My reaction can be best summed up with the first word of your post, Marc:…"
May 16
Jody Stecher commented on Joel Hooks's video
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Frank Bradbury 5 String Banjo - Donkey Laugh

"Great ending. Obviously FB had some familiarity with donkeys.    But where is the phantom 2nd banjo?"
May 16
Jody Stecher commented on Joel Hooks's video
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Frank Bradbury 5 String Banjo - Hawaiian War Chant

"I am relieved. Most of the fast passages in War Chant are simple rolls to use bluegrass terms and done on open strings or from fixed chord positions. Van Eps would play at that speed while his left hand fingers moved like spiders up and down the…"
May 16
Jody Stecher commented on Joel Hooks's video
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Frank Bradbury 5 String Banjo Ragioso Rondo 12-9-1950

"One of the problems with the Bradbury book is that the layout is poor and slapdash. It's like someone wanted to save money on paper and ink and crammed in as much as possible on each page. It makes my head spin. But the actual content is…"
May 16
Jody Stecher commented on Joel Hooks's video
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Frank Bradbury 5 String Banjo - Hawaiian War Chant

"Hmmm.  I can't hear the second banjo except maybe near the end I thought maybe I heard a quiet tremolo behind the chordal aprpeggios for a few seconds.  Ian, are you serious?   I think Van Eps was much better. This is spirited…"
May 16
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A busy week for things to do! MORE BMGs
"Thanks, that's exactly what I thought it meant."
May 16
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A busy week for things to do! MORE BMGs
"I also like his technique. He anticipated techniques that emerged in the bluegrass banjo field many decades earlier.  For instance thumb and index alternating to simulate a plectrum, especially on the first string when staccato effect is wanted…"
May 16
Jody Stecher replied to Pip's discussion Bill Evans playing some Cammeyer
"That's my old Camm Vibrante Royal. It got stolen after a Secret Life Of Banjos gig. I think I wrote about it here when it happened. Eventually I got it back.  It had been through hell, probably spent a night or two in a damp vacant lot and…"
May 15
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion What the...?
"I don't know anyone who has ever attempted that chord on any banjo. Generally the bass is fingered and then the left hand scoots down to play a 3 fingered/3 stringed F chord. Some play 214, some  213."
May 6
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion What the...?
"The chord you describe would be a D major chord because this model is tuned down 3 half steps."
May 6
Jody Stecher commented on Pär Engstrand's video
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Joe Morley - Magnolia Walz

"Being a double bass player accounts for the strong right hand!  "
May 6
Jody Stecher commented on Pär Engstrand's video
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Joe Morley - Magnolia Walz

"You have a good strong attack and are not afraid of the banjo. That part is excellent. I suggest you do two things improve. I think each will double the quality of your playing. 1) concentrate on the flow of the melody. This primarily a mental…"
May 6

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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.

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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