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

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

Farland Banjo strings. Questions for the historians.
6 Replies

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Dec 28, 2019.

"Emmerson" & Cammeyer
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Nov 17, 2019.

 

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Jody Stecher replied to Samurai Banjo's discussion Reuben Reubens Paper Collection Released
"My goodness, that is a funny video. Thanks!"
May 27
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion My first banjo concert
"There are many purposes. One is to win prize money, often much needed. Sometimes the prize is an instrument, often of good quality. Another purpose is to meet with old and new musical friends and make informal music offstage. Another is to promote…"
May 27
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion My first banjo concert
" no audience wishes to see you fail, they are on your side ! Yes, that is the key to it all, even though it's "only" 99% true.  It also explains the difference in atmosphere at contest compared to at a concert.…"
May 27
Jody Stecher commented on Jerron Paxton's video
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Smiler Rag

"YEAH! "
May 17
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Turner's Banjo Monthly No. 153
"And here's the URL:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgEAQaNd7IQ There's enough tone popping through the shellac-coated fiberboard disc to make for an enjoyable listening experience."
May 4
Jody Stecher replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"I should clarify that  1) I have both sent and received banjos and other, more fragile instruments, through various shipping agencies, and only once was there breakage: I received a seriously broken instrument that was seriously wrongly packed…"
Apr 30
Jody Stecher replied to ritchie thomson's discussion How do I find a decent zither banjo?
"If the contents of a parcel are properly packed the likelihood of damage is limited. This is physics. Convincing a seller/sender to do a proper packing job is another matter entirely. That is psychology. "
Apr 29
Jody Stecher commented on Jon Mills's photo
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Vess L. Ossman (1868–1923), left, and Vess, Jr. with the World's Biggest Banjo. (undated photo)

"All of you are wrong. This is a normal size banjo and very tiny people."
Apr 24
Jody Stecher replied to Shawn McSweeny's discussion Stephen B. Clements
"Wow, these recordings are fantastic time machine. What a good player he was. So articulate!"
Apr 21
Jody Stecher commented on Richard William Ineson's photo
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Jody Stecher Backwell

"That brings back good memories, Richard. Your accompaniment was very very good.  I played something... I can't remember what now, where my memory froze. I just couldn't remember the next phrase. The audience, being almost entirely…"
Apr 20
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion One more!
"I think eventually something better than either one of these will become available in the same price range.  "
Apr 19
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jesusita En Chihuahua (1916)...Quirino Mendoza y Cortés.
"I don't know this song. I will make inquires."
Apr 16
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jesusita En Chihuahua (1916)...Quirino Mendoza y Cortés.
"Steve, I've had a look and a listen. I like your arrangement. The tune go banjo-fied only in technique. The banjo part would go well in any conjunto. And you've kept the key of G which is where I've always heard it played. I used to…"
Apr 15
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Jesusita En Chihuahua (1916)...Quirino Mendoza y Cortés.
"YEAH!  I've always loved this tune.  And as for Cielito Lindo, which has lovely words, I'll never forget being on a little local bus in rural Michoacan as a teenager. Someone started singing Cielito Lindo and *everybody* joined…"
Apr 15
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Bluebell Polka arrangement for banjo.
"Here is a link to a nicely played version of Jesusita, a typical SW polka.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDXegIQf1oc Note that the speed is faster than Van Eps' rendition of Cupid's Arrow. This is not too fast for Jesusita because…"
Apr 14
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Bluebell Polka arrangement for banjo.
"I think there may be an implication here that an accordion is the equivalent of toilet paper. Or am I reading too much into it?"
Apr 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 (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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