Jody Stecher
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Jody Stecher's Discussions

A Simple Banjo
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Harrison Dec 23, 2022.

Blinged Out banjo for auction!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Aug 20, 2022.

The Big Banjo Auction
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Jul 17, 2021.

 

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Jody Stecher replied to Trapdoor2's discussion Good Scout and Universal Foxtrot by Vess Ossman
"Generally the difference in sound between thumb and finger has a parallel in the difference between the down and up stroke of a plectrum. The thumb makes a heavier sound. The downstroke of the plectrum is assisted by gravity and also by the weight…"
yesterday
Jody Stecher replied to Trapdoor2's discussion Good Scout and Universal Foxtrot by Vess Ossman
"What I mean is that the sound of the strings sounds more to me like the sound a bare fingertip makes than like the sound a plectrum makes. Maybe it doesn't matter. Vess Ossman will sound like Vess Ossman no matter what."
Sunday
Jody Stecher replied to Trapdoor2's discussion Good Scout and Universal Foxtrot by Vess Ossman
"Wow, this is a puzzle. The tremolo sounds like it being done with a plectrum. The rest of it sounds like fingertips.  Maybe it's finger tremolo (?  !! )"
Saturday
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Life In Louisiana..Emile Grimshaw
" A sensible approach! "
Friday
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Life In Louisiana..Emile Grimshaw
"That's what I do too, including music I learned by ear.  After years of misremembering and performing and even recording misremembered music I realized in retrospect that I had missed some of the best parts. So first I go to the source,…"
Friday
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Life In Louisiana..Emile Grimshaw
"Just a reminder.... especially because several of us here have played the "melodic" bluegrass technique.......that  the English banjoist and composer Joe Morley used this technique and indicated it in his published scores decades…"
Friday
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Life In Louisiana..Emile Grimshaw
"You raise an interesting point, Steve. If I remember right I played it note-for-note from the printed music although I  may have chosen different fingerings here and there, and perhaps there was an occasional flight-of-fancy.  If we…"
Friday
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Georgia Medley
"Whoops I misspoke. I meant we can even call it an "A diminished" even though the A Natural is not being sounded."
Thursday
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Georgia Medley
"Thanks. I just didn't know what "Ex" stood for. The thing itself I understand already."
Wednesday
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Georgia Medley
"I see. Ex stands for extended?  It's a diminished chord.  Three of the 4 notes of a diminished chord actually. We can call it a C diminished or F sharp diminished or D sharp diminished. We can even call it an E flat diminished even…"
Wednesday
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Georgia Medley
"The score in the Music Library shows a title for each section except the opening one. This suggests to me that it was composed by Morley. The melody and fingering is typical of Joe Morley so this seems a reasonable working hypothesis. I don't…"
Wednesday
Jody Stecher commented on Mike Bostock's photo
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Pas de Quatre, Lutz

"Re isolation and cultural purity: I see the situation as both simpler and more complex.  Joel is spot on that many or most of those "outsiders" who visited areas such as Appalachia with an agenda knowingly left out from their writings…"
Jan 21
Jody Stecher replied to Joanne's discussion Cabinet card Photos - Alfred D. Cammeyer?
"Point of clarification:  a zither and a zither-banjo are two different instruments bearing little similarity to each other. The instrument in your photo is a zither-banjo."
Jan 5
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Zither banjo recording
"Yes, this sounds like White Rose with a few changes from the manuscript and midi. And the composition is so very Olly-like. But..... According to Heier and Lotz in "The Banjo On Record" the banjoist on this recording is George Edwin…"
Jan 2
Jody Stecher replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Baffling tremolo diagram
"I decided to test the theory. What a novel idea!  Theory based on empirical evidence?  How dangerous. My wife is somewhat hard of hearing so she is the perfect assistant. I played tremolo on a string and backed away from her. At the open…"
Dec 30, 2022
Jody Stecher replied to Russ Chandler's discussion Baffling tremolo diagram
"What I said about not hearing the sound of the plectrum also applies to the sound of the finger in the case of banjo, sanxian, pi'pa etc.  "
Dec 30, 2022

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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 (18 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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