Jody Stecher
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Jody Stecher's Discussions

Old Cammeyer banjo
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Oct 31, 2023.

On "Steam Up"
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Bostock Jul 9, 2023.

Dill Pickles: Errors in Clifford Essex score?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard William Ineson Mar 13, 2023.

 

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Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion J.C. Bertolle the "Dexter" banjo
"To my eye it looks like a nice banjo and not expensive.  But of course it depends on how well it plays and how it sounds. Also there are some pictures of wooden objects whose identity and condition is not clear to me. A detached dowel stick?…"
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Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A BIG thank you for your donations to Classic-Banjo.ning.com
"It was in November 2022."
Feb 11
Jody Stecher replied to IAN SALTER's discussion John Grey and Sons?
"I found it but now. 11 hours later, the auction is listed as ending in 6 days and some hours."
Jan 26
Jody Stecher replied to IAN SALTER's discussion John Grey and Sons?
"i have played 3 or 4 John Gray banjos and seen photos of half a dozen more. All were peculiar, None sounded bad or good. They were "ok".  This one is peculiar enough to be a Grey. 14 tuning hooks? Is this a miniature…"
Jan 25
Jody Stecher replied to Clem Vickery's discussion Cammeyer Vibrante Zither Banjo
"The high end estimated selling price is very low for such a good instrument. Even with auction house fees this looks like a good opportunity to me."
Jan 19
Jody Stecher replied to Nic Pennsylvania's discussion The Jolly Soldier Boy
"I concur. Musescore is free and most of the occasional updates are actually improvements. "
Jan 3
Jody Stecher commented on Nic Pennsylvania's photo
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"The cat is interested in something else entirely, apparently behind the photographer's right shoulder. "
Jan 2
Jody Stecher replied to Richard William Ineson's discussion Van Eps birthday 30th December
"And a Happy New Year to you Richard. Tuning! You're right......getting double strings in tune with each other is hard enough; as soon as one string gets right, the other the other goes sharp or flat. Triple courses are even harder and then it…"
Jan 1
Jody Stecher replied to Richard William Ineson's discussion Van Eps birthday 30th December
"There is a lot to ponder in this photo. The small instrument shaped like a guitar seems to be a mandolin. The instrument shaped like a mandolin appears to be a Gibson and it has 12 pegs and presumably as many strings. Does it have 6 double courses?…"
Dec 31, 2023
Jody Stecher replied to Russ Chandler's discussion A couple of Christmas tunes...
"What beautiful tone!  What strings are you using?  Also I have always disliked left hand vibrato on banjo. It just sounded wrong to me. Until now. You apply it a few times on "Hark..."  and it absolutely works."
Dec 22, 2023
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Isn't it great what you find lurking in the depths of your computer?
" As with the right hand, the best left hand position varies according to the person and the hand. "It all depends".  I often use the neck in the hollow position. It is free from tension and causes me no pain or discomfort.…"
Dec 21, 2023
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Isn't it great what you find lurking in the depths of your computer?
"I play with a free hand, with the 4th finger on the vellum, with the 3rd finger on the vellum, with both 3rd and 4th fingers on the vellum, all depending on circumstance and what feels or sounds best. This is usually intuitive.  And when I do…"
Dec 15, 2023
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Isn't it great what you find lurking in the depths of your computer?
"Good discovery, Ian!  If it's good enough for Joe Morley and Tarrant Bailey Junior, it's good enough for me. I will keep on being incorrect knowing I am in good company.  But really it has nothing to do with "good…"
Dec 14, 2023
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Isn't it great what you find lurking in the depths of your computer?
"Over many years of teaching people to play banjo and other instruments I have realized that a sizable portion of problems students have— maybe 50%— arise from not breathing.  And telling people to breathe produces no positive…"
Dec 14, 2023
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Isn't it great what you find lurking in the depths of your computer?
"The thumb at rest on some hands is straight. On others it is bent forward as in illustration 5. And still others, including my own right thumb, are bent "backwards" away from the palm. If I kept my thumb straight as in illustration 4 I…"
Dec 14, 2023
Jody Stecher replied to IAN SALTER's discussion 6 string banjo on eBay
"The positioning of the slots on the nut is strange.  Strings 1 -4 are separated in the usual way and then the last two are side by side. The width of the paired slots is not the same.  My best guess is that the intention was for a pair of…"
Dec 7, 2023

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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 (20 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 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

At 7:32am on May 14, 2012, thereallyniceman gave Jody Stecher a gift

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