Jody Stecher
  • 69, Male
  • San Francisco, CA
  • United States
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The Afghan Patrol (Ellis)
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Feb 20.

The sound of Vess Ossman
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Started this discussion. Last reply by John Cohen Feb 2.

 

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Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Bickford's Banjo Players Favorite
"I would have *loved* to have witnessed that. She played with such verve and life. "
May 18
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Bickford's Banjo Players Favorite
"The Great War began when Shirley Spaulding was 15 years old. It ended when she was 19. Some soldiers were no older but it's hard to imagine this scenario.  "
May 18
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Bickford's Banjo Players Favorite
""In the field" means not in a recording studio. Not in controlled conditions. The field in this case is not a place with vegetation underfoot and the sky overhead, although it may be. Field recording is analogous to documentary filming.…"
May 16
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Bickford's Banjo Players Favorite
"Joel, all over the world for hundreds of years there has been a circle of musical origins. From composer to oral tradition to busking at the courthouse to playing on the stage to singing behind the plow to writing it down and publishing it to…"
May 16
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Bickford's Banjo Players Favorite
"And  she recorded Joe Morley's "Danse Arlequin" too.  "
May 14
Jody Stecher posted a discussion

Shirley Spaulding's recording of A Footlight Favorite

In another discussion on this site today I  mentioned Shirley Spaulding's recording of A Footlight Favorite.  Give a listen to this fantastic player!  She was only 23 years old.http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1zh9vf_a-footlight-favorite-shirley-spaulding-banjo_musicSee More
May 14
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Bickford's Banjo Players Favorite
"If *anyone* can work it all out, it'll be you, Joel.  "
May 14
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Bickford's Banjo Players Favorite
"Not convoluted at all. An excellent essay!  I take issue with one point though. If the early ABF people  and other Americans were unaware of English banjo compositions how do you explain Shirley Spaulding (who was a really good…"
May 13
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Bickford's Banjo Players Favorite
"You and Bickford are both right about the origins of the mandolin craze. But as I said, that does not mean that there was no mandolin presence in the USA before that.  You are also right about the harmonica. And I am right when I say that…"
May 13
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Bickford's Banjo Players Favorite
"Those melodies and that style of melody was the popular music of earlier times.  The book is a collection of  favorite familiar melodies. that's what it says right on the cover.  Of course there are American composers of banjo…"
May 13
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Bickford's Banjo Players Favorite
"I may have been mistaken on one point. It seems that Italian immigrants brought mandolins to the usa in the 19th century and that it came form other places besides Italy. Here is a bit about it from…"
May 13
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Bickford's Banjo Players Favorite
"Yes,  the whole mandolin orchestra craze was, as you know, based on the misidentification of the instrument played by the "Spanish Students". On the other hand,  in order for it to have been misidentified as a mandolin (rather…"
May 13
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Bickford's Banjo Players Favorite
"Well, they seem to be the same. Printing now. Yup some of these are bona fide Fiddle Tunes. "
May 12
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Bickford's Banjo Players Favorite
"This is great, Joel. Thank you. I am of those "suckers" who doesn't know what to make of the many download choices offered at the linked page. What is the difference please between pdf and "pdf with text". ??"
May 12
Jody Stecher commented on Samurai Banjo's video
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Sunflower Dance, SuSu,Tokyo 2016

"Fingerlings are potatoes. My auto correct spell checker frequently "improves" my writing from what I meant to something absurd within the context.   I'll have a look at some 5 Stringer back issues and see if I find some…"
May 11
Jody Stecher commented on Samurai Banjo's video
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Sunflower Dance, SuSu,Tokyo 2016

"Typo alert : somehow I lost the word "always" in the sentence about banjo rhythms. I meant to say "almost always", not "almost"."
May 11

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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.…


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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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