Jody Stecher
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  • San Francisco, CA
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Jody Stecher's Discussions

Crazy Banjo
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Pär Engstrand on Friday.

Farland Banjo strings. Questions for the historians.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Dec 28, 2019.

"Emmerson" & Cammeyer
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Nov 17, 2019.


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Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Historical/original concert programs
"If a fast moving melody was played on the string in between it could work ....maybe... if the tremolo notes did not change quickly.  OR the notes are actually on adjacent lower strings fingered on upper frets.   OR it's a…"
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Short(er) scale banjos
"Yes it has 22 frets. And yes this banjo  is anything but "normal".   I do see short scale 5 string banjos from time to time. One of my students has one. I think the scale is about 23 inches.  I can't say I like how it…"
Pär Engstrand replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Crazy Banjo
"Yeah, I've looked with confusion on that one as well.... :-)"
Jody Stecher posted a discussion

Crazy Banjo

At last: The Very Thing I Never Wanted:  a banjo with no bridge.  But if the banjo is odd, the written description is bizarre.…See More
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Short(er) scale banjos
"And one more. This was done in 2014.  Since then the Albino Skunk shirr has turned into tattered rags but the banjo is the same as ever!   (I didn't save the shirt to play Ragtime. I threw it away)."
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Short(er) scale banjos
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Short(er) scale banjos
"I have a late 19th century Joseph Daniels banjo that I hardly play anymore. The scale is 26 inches. I'd consider selling it and the price is not high but the price of shipping from California to Europe *is* high.  But if you are interested…"
Jody Stecher replied to IAN SALTER's discussion RECOMMENDATION FOR BEGINNER'S.
"A good place to find such music is the back issues of the American Banjo Fraternity journal The FIve-Stringer. These come from an array of 19th century banjo tutors and have been selected for their musicality as well as for their historical…"
Jan 15
Jody Stecher replied to IAN SALTER's discussion RECOMMENDATION FOR BEGINNER'S.
"I mostly agree. These are useful exercises. If practiced with care and attention they will help establish the skills that each was designed for.  They are not inspired or memorable musical compositions but  I think they are as good or…"
Jan 14
Jody Stecher commented on IAN SALTER's video


"Ian, my experience may not apply to your situation but I thought I'd tell you anyway. When my mother was in her last days and not well I would visit her with my banjo and a portable music stand. I'd sit on a chair at the foot of her bed…"
Jan 12
Jody Stecher commented on steve leuschner's blog post 1880s A Tilley banjo value
"Joel, it is not silly, it is practical. In the regional style for which the modified fingerboard is intended the melody generally does not go above what would be the 7th fret on a fretted banjo. But sometimes 2 banjos are used. The second banjo did…"
Jan 10
Jody Stecher commented on steve leuschner's blog post 1880s A Tilley banjo value
"Well I can tell you it has been set up post 1970 to play a version of traditional Appalachian banjo music.  That music is microtonal and the absence of lower frets makes it possible for the banjo player to match the exact modal pitches of…"
Jan 9
Jody Stecher replied to nick stephens's discussion BMG library
"Joel, I agree about How To Excel being NFB (Not For Beginners) but what do you think of Grimshaw's "The Banjo And How To Play It"?    I am not entirely comfortable with the idea that pick playing was perceived as best with…"
Jan 6
Jody Stecher replied to Samurai Banjo's discussion Does anyone know about the Austrian banjo player John Gorman who was in Japan around 1910?
"I think John Gorman must have been Australian, not Austrian.  There are many reasons to think so. I am interested to know more about your life study of banjo in Japan. What is the earliest year that banjo is known to have been seen and heard in…"
Jan 5
Jody Stecher replied to nick stephens's discussion the trio
"Each device provides a contrast. But the trio part in a classic banjo solo is something more formal. It is marked as "Trio" on the page. (not all banjo solos have such a part). And the trio part is not in the middle.  Even though you…"
Jan 4
Jody Stecher replied to nick stephens's discussion the trio
"The history of this term is long and sometimes vague. In this context it indicates a part of a musical composition that is a contrast from what preceded it . In Whistling Rufus for instance when there is a key shift from C major  to F major,…"
Jan 3

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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?



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 : .

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.


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 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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