Jody Stecher
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Jody Stecher's Discussions

A different kind of banjo contest/ Samurai style?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Mar 7.

UK Banjo Alert
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Feb 27.

What everyone needs for Christmas?

Started Dec 25, 2020

 

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Jody Stecher replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Sheet music storage...
"I have no system . I have only a few originals of individual pieces These I keep in a manila folder. I do have some original books. These are on a book shelf. I do use these to read from.  When learning a single banjo solo, not from a book,…"
yesterday
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Terribly Sad News for the Classic Banjo Community
"I am so saddened. David was just as you say, Ian— a leading light. We had been email correspondents for a decade or so when at last I met him and Carolyn at a banjo rally in Backwell that I was able to attend, as I was working in the UK at the…"
Apr 5
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Cool Title Sheet for Under The Double Eagle
"I learned to play a version on guitar when I was about 14 years old. After hearing Charlie Waller of the Country Gentlemen play it I just had to try it. But I had a small guitar and couldn't get my strings to sound like they were attached to an…"
Apr 1
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Cool Title Sheet for Under The Double Eagle
"Whoa!  One bird with 2 crowned heads and the bird looks more like a chicken than an eagle. And the heads look a bit  more like the head of a weasel than the head of a bird. Under The Double Chicken?  Under The Double Weasel?…"
Mar 31
Jody Stecher commented on carrie horgan's video
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Carrie's Gone to Kansas City (Blind Boone)

"I see!   So maybe the piano roll of Blind Boone would sound not nearly so dreadful if the operator left the controls alone. Thanks to both of you."
Mar 12
Jody Stecher commented on carrie horgan's video
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Carrie's Gone to Kansas City (Blind Boone)

"Can someone explain to me what the pair of hands are doing in the piano roll video? Just fidgeting? Or what?"
Mar 12
Jody Stecher commented on carrie horgan's video
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Carrie's Gone to Kansas City (Blind Boone)

"Blind Boone was a banjo player as well as a pianist and composer. Here's a screen capture from a Youtube feature on Blind Boone. The photo is from an archive in Columbia Missouri. And sure enough there's the banjo, not far from the piano."
Mar 11
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion A different kind of banjo contest/ Samurai style?
"One potential point of confusion would be the "banjo" is a near homonym for "benjo" which means "toilet" in Japanese. Yes I can see it now. The  samurai on the ground is about to swing the toilet he is grabbing by…"
Mar 7
Kath Augusta replied to Jody Stecher's discussion A different kind of banjo contest/ Samurai style?
"I was just talking on the phone with my boyfriend's 93 year old Japanese mother,  and decided to try and describe the picture....not sure i was successful!"
Mar 7
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Joe Morley Playing for Sailors
"In 1969 I played a gig in which I played the banjo wearing mittens. That show also involved pie throwing. And one tune was      played by a trio of bugle, washboard, and "Shower Horn", which is a garden hose with a trumpet…"
Mar 6
Trapdoor2 replied to Jody Stecher's discussion A different kind of banjo contest/ Samurai style?
"I'll bet those banjos are hard to pull out of the scabbard quickly! Time to go sharpen up the old Stewart! I finally found (after many years of searching) a company who makes tabi socks that fit me. My mother kept my first pair (which were…"
Feb 28
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion UK Banjo Alert
"Doggone it. My computer decided to *improve* "Franken-banjo" by changing it to "Franked-banjo" and NOW it wants to change it to "Franzen-banjo".  "
Feb 27
Jody Stecher posted a discussion

A different kind of banjo contest/ Samurai style?

I received this in an email from a friend this evening. See More
Feb 26
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Nice Classic Banjo for sale on BHO
"With its11.5 inch pot this lovely looking banjo  is likely to sound great. I had a Barnes & Mullins like that and it was a great banjo. Now a student of mine has it.  I think the price is not high. If I was still in a life phase of…"
Feb 26
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion UK Banjo Alert
"But what's going on at the back of the peghead?  I'm wondering now if this is a bizarre Franked-banjo.  At any rate it is a mystery to me."
Feb 23
Jody Stecher posted a discussion

UK Banjo Alert

There is a Cammeyer Patent model zither-banjo in Yorkshire, up for auction on eBay.https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/373471537165?ul_noapp=trueIt appears to be in good condition, though I haven't studied the photos carefully. It lacks the fancy resonator and that is just as well because by now these have all become a mess on every specimen I've seen. And it has heel carving!See More
Feb 23

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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 (19 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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