Jody Stecher
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  • San Francisco, CA
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Emile Grimshaw photo
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob MacKillop May 5.

Public Service Announcement: CE Regal on eBay UK
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Pär Engstrand Apr 16.

Rare book at an optimistic price
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Dec 30, 2018.

 

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Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"To be clear, and not quibblesome, though it may appear that way, using the index on the C would not be using the index "again".   It would be the same stroke that played the previous string.  Just drag it from string one to…"
yesterday
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"He's definitely using the middle finger on the first string and then doing the snap to the next note before using the index on string 2.  If you click on the little gear icon in the lower right corner of a youtube screen you can slow down…"
Jun 13
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"Thinking in new ways helps me solve problems.  Sometimes that approach works for other people.  : -)"
Jun 13
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Alternate picking (Queen of the Burlesque)
"The first three notes of the measure are a long G, a short F, and E at the start of the triplet. If you play the G with the thumb and then  the F on the first string it is natural to want to play the F with the middle because the middle is…"
Jun 12
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion The Instrument for Intelligent People !
"Yeah, that was all similar to my experience.  There were so many banjo musics I had never heard about before. Lots of southern stuff that was in the cracks between old time and bluegrass music.  The players themselves mostly didn't…"
Jun 5
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion The Instrument for Intelligent People !
"I was at the 1990 Tennessee Banjo Institute. In my photo Grandpa Jones is on both sides.  There was a good classic banjo presence there including an ABF "orchestra".  That's where I first met Eli Kaufman. He was so friendly…"
Jun 5
Jody Stecher commented on Pip's video
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Feedback taken

"Typo alert: I meant to say the third string is meant to BE mellow. sorry 'bout that."
Jun 3
Jody Stecher commented on Pip's video
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"Ego Schmeego,  this is all about the beautiful sounds a zither-banjo can make.  You are getting the sounds now!  You are also playing better than in the first video, which was already plenty good. In my opinion, (backed up by a bit of…"
Jun 3
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Exercise 23 & 24 by Emile Grimshaw

"I said *somewhat* closer to the bridge.  I do not recommend trying to make a z-b sound like a regular banjo. I recommend trying to make it sound in a way that fulfills its potential. "
Jun 2
Jody Stecher commented on Pip's video
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Exercise 23 & 24 by Emile Grimshaw

"The bridge appears to be at an extreme angle causing the lower pitched strings to be shorter than the high strings. If the bridge foot on the treble side is in the right spot the upper frets on the shortened low strings will produce pitches that are…"
Jun 2
Jody Stecher commented on Aaron Jonah Lewis's photo
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Classic Banjo by Hershey’s - 20% Bigger!

"It can only play Bar chords."
May 28
Jody Stecher replied to Rob MacKillop's discussion Free Cammeyer mini album!
"If you are getting sounds from lifting fingers on any kind of string instrument there is a good chance the reason is that you are pressing the strings too hard.  I can't think of a reason why a zither-banjo should make more of this kind of…"
May 25
Jody Stecher replied to marc dalmasso's discussion 1934 _ Une belle brochette
"A brochette is a skewer of grilled meat. But in slang I think it's a gathering together of attractive things of the same kind, usually pretty girls. Une brochette des filles is something like a bevy of beauties (or "a beverage of…"
May 24
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Weaver banjos for sale
"I understand about shipping. It gets to be pain.  I think I'll pass. Yes, bringing them to the ABF rally's a good idea. Thank you.  I'd be a bit wary of Parke Hunter's banjo. Haunted!"
May 23
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Weaver banjos for sale
"Is the CE special wood hoop or clad?  What is the scale on each of these banjos?  What is the depth of each pot (the regular banjos).  "
May 23
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Weaver banjos for sale
"I might be interested in one. How many banjos is a large collection? Case included in price?"
May 23

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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 (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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