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

Many good banjos
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Jun 11.

The Afghan Patrol (Ellis)
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Feb 20.

 

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Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Yankee Notions (1910..Benjamin Richmond.
"In the 19th century Reuben Reuben was  Reuben and Rachel, a pop song for people of all ages. The 20th century children's song is a parody. I vaguely  remember hearing the original as a boy. My impression is that " I've…"
Sunday
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Yankee Notions (1910..Benjamin Richmond.
"Intro : Yankee Doodle plus ? Reuben Reuben I've Been Thinking Arkansas Traveler Little Brown Jug Turkey In The Straw ? Yankee Doodle"
Saturday
Jody Stecher replied to Anthony Peabody's discussion Charlie Rogers
"Or was this an obscure joke about americans? "so USA" could mean "very american".  Probably not.  I was left wondering how someone comes to believe that "So" is an American Indian name. I invest-a-migated. And…"
Jul 22
Jody Stecher replied to Anthony Peabody's discussion Charlie Rogers
"Sousa is a Portuguese name. JPS was not an American Indian. JPS's father was Portuguese born in Spain and his mother was born in Bavaria. His father played trombone in the Marine Band of the USA in the mid 19th century. I don't think there…"
Jul 22
Jody Stecher replied to Anthony Peabody's discussion Charlie Rogers
"re question 3, on the Charlie Rogers page of this website there is a photo of what seems to be his trunk from the days when he was a member of The Royal Pierrots of Clifford Essex. And on it, in gold letters, os painted the name "Charles".…"
Jul 22
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Bonnie Briar Bush (1897)...Jacob Henry Ellis.
"Maybe that should have rendered as "Irene, a loon". "
Jul 17
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Bonnie Briar Bush (1897)...Jacob Henry Ellis.
"The origins of Eileen Aroon seems to be in the London theatre of of the mid 1700s, although the melody may be older with origins in Ireland or Scotland or both.  But one thing for sure: it's not a jig. Early transcriptions were in 3/4…"
Jul 17
Jody Stecher replied to Richard Katz's discussion S.S. Stewart fretboard lengths
"I'm thinking of two examples of the fretboard or neck length being directly related to the number of frets. The Turkish tanbur is the central musical instrument of Ottoman Turkish music. In this music, in theory at least,  the octave has…"
Jul 6
Jody Stecher replied to Richard Katz's discussion S.S. Stewart fretboard lengths
"It's the other way around. If a builder decides to have x number of frets and a scale of y inches then there must be enough fretboard to accommodate x frets. Sometimes this means a longer neck, sometimes there have been fretboard extensions…"
Jul 6
Jody Stecher replied to Richard Katz's discussion S.S. Stewart fretboard lengths
"If the "scale length", (the vibrating length of the string from bridge to nut) is longer on one banjo than on the other then the length of the fingerboard will necessarily be longer. the length of the fretboard itself is not itself a…"
Jul 6
F. Chris Ware and Jody Stecher are now friends
Jun 30
Jody Stecher replied to F. Chris Ware's discussion Horace Weston, W. P. Dabney, Sweeney, et al.
"It is impossible to say (at least for me to say) whether the Galax Lick derives from printed music or whether the printed music derives from traditional old-time playing. Stroke players and Classic players (not necessarily *you* personally) often…"
Jun 30
Jody Stecher replied to F. Chris Ware's discussion Horace Weston, W. P. Dabney, Sweeney, et al.
"Chris, the rhythm in the second measure does indeed invoke kora music, but kora doesn't usually play chords so I'm not sure what you mean. If the notes in the second measure were played as a chord it would just be a garden variety…"
Jun 30
Jody Stecher replied to Eric Womersley's discussion String et al suggestions
"Believe it or not, (but it's true), not once, but twice I have had banjos that came into my possession strung with strings of all the same gauge! "
Jun 26
Jody Stecher replied to Eric Womersley's discussion String et al suggestions
"I have gotten the best, most responsive, loudest, sweetest, most musical response from a Fiberskyn head (using gut or nylon or nylgut strings) on a Clifford Essex Regal, a Bacon Professional and a Bart Reiter Grand Concert banjo. I have used them…"
Jun 25
Jody Stecher commented on Eric Womersley's video
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"Oh!  I was thinking it was the name of a tune.  Yes, I remember the discussion about this book."
Jun 25

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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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