Jody Stecher
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  • San Francisco, CA
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Blinged Out banjo for auction!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Aug 20.

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

A different kind of banjo contest/ Samurai style?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Mar 7, 2021.

 

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Jody Stecher replied to Mike Bostock's discussion Classic banjo as a term of reference
"I think this may be a case of two nations divided by a common language. Substitute the word "accurate" for "correct" to get closer at what I think I understand Joel to be saying. The word "correct" does not have the…"
17 hours ago
Jody Stecher replied to Mike Bostock's discussion Classic banjo as a term of reference
"There was an extensive discussion on the topic here in 2014. Nothing certain was decided. Evidence was inconclusive.  https://classic-banjo.ning.com/forum/topics/classic-banjo-the-continuing-story?id=2667446%3ATopic%3A87726&page=1#comments"
yesterday
Jody Stecher replied to Mike Bostock's discussion Classic banjo as a term of reference
"The first time I heard the term "classic banjo" was 1990. I had the impression that the term had been in use for a few years but not a very long time. I have anecdotal evidence that the term was also used in preference to the term…"
yesterday
Jody Stecher replied to Mike Bostock's discussion Classic banjo as a term of reference
"I think the term may have arisen amongst the members of the ABF, the American Banjo Fraternity in the latter decades of the 20th century. When in the 1950s I first heard about the way the ABF members played banjo it was called "Classical…"
yesterday
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Anyone identify these tracks?
"Thanks for identifying them.  I had heard them both several times but somehow the titles were not properly deposited in my brain bank. "
Monday
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Anyone identify these tracks?
"Typo alert: Gree(n)berg.    The Ossman recordings are in the Original Recordings section of this site."
Sunday
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Arling Shaeffer's ELITE BANJO INSTRUCTOR C Notation
"That's an admirable and valuable undertaking. I hope it doesn't involve too much tedious, repetitive work. "
Saturday
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Eric Stefanelli Tubaphone
"As far as I know Bill Evans still has it. He now lives in New Mexico so that's where that banjo probably is. And I still have its sibling here in San Francisco."
Friday
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Little survivor
"On the other hand, a paying audience is often not actually passive and participates in ways that are felt but not always directly seen. Many musical performers describe an energy exchange or energy loop with the audience.  The audience may not…"
Nov 30
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Little survivor
"OK, I understand the first sentence. But what do you mean by a focus on genre? Certainly the participating dancers in earlier times knew whether they were dancing a waltz or a jig. So do you mean "folk music" vs "highbrow music? Pop…"
Nov 30
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Little survivor
"I follow you and agree completely up to the last two sentences. I don't disagree with them, I just don't know what you mean! "
Nov 29
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Little survivor
"Yes, these classifications are older than the published dance tune books. Yes Roche's collection was published after the first of O Neil's books but he seems to have begun his collecting earlier.  Anyway, jig and reel are like waltz…"
Nov 29
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Little survivor
"I've now had a look at some (reprints of) 19th century English and American tune books. I don't have repros of 19th century English pipers, all are of personal notebooks of fiddle players. It is as Mike says: 9/8 jigs are in the repertoire…"
Nov 29
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Little survivor
"When I began playing for Irish dancers in the late 1960s when a 6/8 jig was wanted we were inevitably asked for a "double jig".  This was in San Francisco. The dancers were both immigrants and the children of immigrants. There were…"
Nov 29
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Little survivor
"The classification of Irish dance tunes pre-dates the convention of the pub session by many decades. Each type of tune is designed to accompany a particular type of dance. This is for both solo dancing and social dancing.  While there were…"
Nov 29
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Little survivor
"Yes, 19th century tune books on both sides of the Atlantic contained tunes in 2/4 or 4/4 labeled "jig".  "Double Jigs" in 6/8   time in the same collections were labeled as Irish or sometimes Scottish. What I am trying…"
Nov 29

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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

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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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