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

What everyone needs for Christmas?

Started Dec 25, 2020

Learning to play A Footlight Favorite
12 Replies

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pär Engstrand Aug 19, 2020.

A question about the value of Clifford Essex Paragon 5-string banjos
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Aug 3, 2020.

 

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Jody Stecher commented on carrie horgan's video
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Grizzly Bear Rag (classic banjo)

"I see. I didn't understand at first because I was thinking about chord positions and also because for melodic playing I don't know any guitarists who use "guitar fingering". Some do use a fingering where each finger has its own…"
yesterday
Jody Stecher commented on carrie horgan's video
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Grizzly Bear Rag (classic banjo)

"Carrie, I understood all of your reply except the part about shoulds.in Irish tenor banjo, and mandolin vs guitar. Can you explain please?  What I don't understand: Since no two competent Irish tenor players use the same techniques and…"
Monday
Jody Stecher commented on carrie horgan's video
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Grizzly Bear Rag (classic banjo)

"I have a number of comments. First of all I LOVE the hat.  And then one of the pillows came to life and turned out to be an animal. Not a grizzly bear, possibly a dog. Whatever it was, it had a blue garment of sorts that was color coordinated…"
Sunday
Jody Stecher replied to Aaron Jonah Lewis's discussion Help -- I've Sliced the Tip of my Right Thumb Off and I Have a Concert This Saturday...!
"Super glue has been used by some in the past. Perhaps you can sand the rough parts.  Another possibility is to use a thumb pick. That's what i would do.   I also would avoid slicing mandolins from now on.  They are nice…"
Jan 18
Jody Stecher replied to David griffiths's discussion 12" hoop banjo
"It took me a while to figure out the probable intended meaning of the CE Boudoir Grand model of banjo. It turns out that a very small piano in shape of a grand piano was called a Boudoir Grand. Yes, the CE BG might well have been intended for…"
Jan 18
Jody Stecher replied to David griffiths's discussion 12" hoop banjo
"Why do you think the Boudoir Grand will be a better banjo?  I have played 2 or 3 banjos of this model and I thought they were good banjos but your Sidney Young JAT banjo sounds like something very good as well.  I guess you've played…"
Jan 18
Jody Stecher commented on John Deller's video
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Sunflower dance classic banjo

"You have a banjo with splendid tone and you are bringing that tone out splendidly.   This particular piece of music is not speedy so your right hand technique of repeating strokes with the same finger is causing no problems. Do try to alternate…"
Jan 11
Jody Stecher replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"The lights! Oh my goodness. When I was about 15 years old my dad and I found a gold plated Ludwig tenor banjo at a yard sale in Beloit, Wisconsin. The price was so low we didn't haggle or make a counter-offer. It had about 8 electric lights…"
Jan 10
Jody Stecher and Brett Lowe are now friends
Jan 10
Jody Stecher replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"Note that the busy-ness inside the banjo is designed to make the banjo more focussed and cutting. It's the very opposite of neo-old-time pillow stuffing which  makes  the banjo less focussed and more muddy."
Jan 10
Jody Stecher replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"Thank you for your mustard, Par. You got it right.  I was addressing the question about what the norm is.  My answer was descriptive not prescriptive."
Jan 10
Jody Stecher replied to Brett Lowe's discussion Banjo in New Zealand 1860 - 1940
"Waldzither !!  Of course. I even played one in Germany in the early 1980s. I had completely forgotten about its existence. Sure. I'd love to see the Dunedin photo. I think you will be permitted to post it here as part of the thread. There…"
Jan 9
Jody Stecher replied to Brett Lowe's discussion Banjo in New Zealand 1860 - 1940
"I got quite alert and fascinated when you mentioned "what they were playing" but then realized you meant repertoire. That is important of course. I am also interested in details about the instruments in the various photos. There are some…"
Jan 9
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Turner's Banjo Monthly No. 153
"But that is my point: you *heard* the name before you saw it written. So your knowledge of how to pronounce the name was independent of seeing letters. And it was independent of having personal contact with anyone with those names or those of their…"
Jan 9
Jody Stecher replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
Jan 8
Jody Stecher replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion What banjo brands and models are considered great for classic banjo playing?
"The dampening attachments were for the purpose of creating "special effects". It wasn't for everyday playing. It'd be something like the "whammy bar" on a Stratocaster guitar. You use it sparingly when the occasion…"
Jan 8

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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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