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

Wild and Crazy Banjos
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Nov 6, 2017.

Hot air auction
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Jul 1, 2017.

Unusual banjo alert!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Jun 18, 2017.

 

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Jody Stecher replied to Brice Alms's discussion Are there classic banjo tab instruction books?
"Ian, it's possible that we were briefly divided by a common language. The operative word here is "another".  I used the word to mean "in addition" rather than "instead of".  As in "let's have…"
16 hours ago
Jody Stecher replied to Brice Alms's discussion Are there classic banjo tab instruction books?
"1) Yes, and put your left hand fingers down in the indicated chord position all at once. Don't wait for each note to appear on the page. It makes all the difference in the world for coherent and flowing playing. 2)  Ian, "broken…"
yesterday
Jody Stecher replied to David Parkin's discussion Tuning for a six string banjo
"David, you will not find a set for six string banjo without the help of a time machine. Use a five string banjo set plus a wound classical guitar string of a gauge slightly heavier than the gauge of the 4th banjo string in the set. Use the string…"
Tuesday
Jody Stecher replied to Russ Chandler's discussion The Oldest Surviving Banjo Recording
"I would say the downstroke part is being done with a "thimble". "
Jul 16
Jody Stecher commented on david caron's video
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"This is 3 of the 4 notes of a D7 chord (D natural would complete it). I also had trouble playing it, even when using the thumb and hand position suggested by Ian.  I just kept playing it badly until one day it got clearer. And then it got even…"
Jul 16
Jody Stecher replied to David Parkin's discussion Tuning for a six string banjo
"Six string banjo tuning and Daniels banjos have both been discussed several times on this site. For instance: http://classic-banjo.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=2667446%3ABlogPost%3A75611&commentId=2667446%3AComment%3A75701 you can find more…"
Jul 14
Jody Stecher replied to David Parkin's discussion Tuning for a six string banjo
"Five of the strings are tuned in the normal late 19th century way gCDGBD.  A lower bass string is also present. That is tuned to G or A. Sometimes the fourth string is "elevated" to D.   I have a Daniels banjo and I used to have…"
Jul 14
Jody Stecher replied to david caron's discussion The Hazers, AJ Weidt
"Whoops, I meant phrasing, not phasing."
Jul 13
Jody Stecher replied to david caron's discussion The Hazers, AJ Weidt
"I hadn't noticed the midi because the download button was a vague pale orange color on my monitor. I just gave a listen. The phasing of the second part seems clear to me. It's more or less the second part of Muskrat Ramble only with…"
Jul 13
Jody Stecher replied to david caron's discussion The Hazers, AJ Weidt
"I haven't played or heard this one before but I might  be able to help if I had more information. Exactly what is the problem in the second part? Fingering?  Timing?   Why do you think a recording of a banjo would give you a…"
Jul 13
Jody Stecher commented on Cynthia Richardson's blog post Weidt Book 1: Week 5
"Starting midweek I  will be away for a week with limited internet access. So the absence of any Weidt Words from me on Friday July 6th merely indicates a lack of connectivity not a loss of interest."
Jul 2
Jody Stecher commented on Cynthia Richardson's blog post Weidt Book 1: Week 5
"I see what you mean about measures 2 and 4 in the Second Banjo part.  Here's what I did to trick my brain, and therefore my fingers, into being cooperative. Measure 4 has a total of 4 notes.  A long C, E and D each half the duration…"
Jun 30
Jody Stecher commented on Cynthia Richardson's blog post Weidt Book 1: Week 3
"Forte is relative."
Jun 30
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion A couple of fine classic banjos for sale
"The ad has vanished from Banjo Hangout. Is it sold?"
Jun 26
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion A couple of fine classic banjos for sale
"She's on the fence because she's never bought an instrument without playing it first. I have done so many a time but I've been playing banjo all my life and can tell a lot from seeing photos.  I think this is a nice banjo at a…"
Jun 26
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Weidt in C Book 1
"Thank you!  This is so much easier to look at."
Jun 26

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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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