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

Learning to play A Footlight Favorite
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Pär Engstrand Aug 19.

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.

Crazy Banjo
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Pär Engstrand Jan 17.

 

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Jody Stecher replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"Well first of all it is not at all weird to have a string instruments with strings of different materials, Every type of guitar is like that for instance. Even instruments having entirely unwound metal strings such as sitar or sarode in India have…"
13 hours ago
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Zither Banjo for sale UK
"Right. If there's no room to hang it on the wall, glue it to the ceiling!  "
Wednesday
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Speaking of Weird Pieces That Don't Make Sense
"That imagery seems about right to me."
Sunday
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Speaking of Weird Pieces That Don't Make Sense
"I'm assuming this is written for A tuning.  eAEG# B."
Sunday
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Speaking of Weird Pieces That Don't Make Sense
" This piece seems to make sense to me. Maybe because I live in California.  Which measures seem nonsensical?"
Sunday
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Prize Banjo Instructor by Jean White
"Probably  not. I never heard of the Committee. What is it?"
Nov 25
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Prize Banjo Instructor by Jean White
"Because some of the syllables in "hippopotamus" are generally held longer than others, that word works better for 7 or even 8 beats. Say the H word with equal length of each syllable and you'll sound like a robot or like a Macedonian…"
Nov 24
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Prize Banjo Instructor by Jean White
"You clap your hands in a steady beat and start by dividing it into 2, counting aloud. Then change to 3. Then back to 2. Now divide each 2 in half so each hand clap becomes divided in 4. Then you come to 5. It's not as hard as one might think.…"
Nov 24
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Prize Banjo Instructor by Jean White
"You subdivide a single beat into x equal parts. It's the same idea as a triplet where a beat is divided into equal thirds.  In a quintuplet a beat is subdivided into 5 equal parts."
Nov 24
Jody Stecher replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"HA!  I might be older than you :-)    and I don't wanna be in charge of nuttin' neither.  I got a "full plate" these days. But does anyone need to be in charge?"
Nov 22
Jody Stecher replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"I like the Weigh Your Banjo suggestion, Richard. My bathroom scale measures only in pounds and  fifths  of a pound, No ounces and no grams. It's ok like that? For instance my 1909 Bacon Professional FF weighs 6.2 pounds on my scale.…"
Nov 22
Jody Stecher left a comment for Jody Stecher
"When I first heard Dancers Dream I immediately thought it might suit your dancing. https://classic-banjo.ning.com/page/recordings and https://classic-banjo.ning.com/video/abbott-amboyna-zither-banjo-the-dancer-s-dream"
Nov 22
Peter szego left a comment for Jody Stecher
"Hi Jody, Thanks for the welcome. I decided it's time to grow up, suit up and go classic — if not classy. Do you realize that the Downstate Rebels were 57 years ago? Not exactly the most appropriate name for these times. I hope that you…"
Nov 22
Jody Stecher left a comment for Peter szego
"Hi Peter!  Howzitt going?-jody"
Nov 20
Jody Stecher replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"I found the link lead to nothing."
Nov 19
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Early Recording of Yankee Doodle by Fred Kimball
"What fun!   I think it's possible that the entire first minute is stroke style.  As for the LA Times, they are not as bad as the NY Times in getting musical things wrong but their track record is not good. Nobody does any fact…"
Nov 13

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Jody Stecher's Blog

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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