Jody Stecher
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  • San Francisco, CA
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"Emmerson" & Cammeyer
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Nov 17.

Whaaaaatt?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Oct 20.

An Experiment with String Gauge
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Oct 3.

 

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Jody Stecher replied to nick stephens's discussion a traitor or just a weirdo ?
"It's the first letter of the words that preceded my typing it.   All Music That Ever Happened Before."
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Jody Stecher replied to nick stephens's discussion a traitor or just a weirdo ?
"Your reading of the situation seems very likely to me. I know a number of able musicians who began playing when young to please others and who later put it aside.  Thank your for the subtle invitation to attend a rally. I have not specifically…"
yesterday
Jody Stecher replied to nick stephens's discussion a traitor or just a weirdo ?
"Nick, your perceptive ability is what is known as "relative pitch".  You are able to effortlessly discern when music is in or out of tune with itself.  "Perfect Pitch", as Marc has hinted, is indeed an affliction.…"
yesterday
Jody Stecher replied to nick stephens's discussion a traitor or just a weirdo ?
"I know about her career as an expert and historian. There must be more to the husband story. If he was going deaf he would notice the sound of the banjo being played less and less. Maybe the developing deafness was accompanied by tinitus, which can…"
Wednesday
Jody Stecher replied to nick stephens's discussion a traitor or just a weirdo ?
"By all accounts she was a fantastic person. Do you know why she stopped playing?  I  can easily understand retiring from performing and recording. No more pressure.  But stopping playing banjo means no more pleasure (of a particular…"
Wednesday
Jody Stecher replied to nick stephens's discussion a traitor or just a weirdo ?
"So Shirley Spaulding didn't record with that fancy Orpheum banjo with the fingerboard extension? That came later maybe?"
Wednesday
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion When does classic banjo start?
"Chris, there was a cut and paste error in my reply today that I missed. What I posted made no sense so I deleted it. Please ignore it if you already read it. To sum up what I meant to say:   When posting views or ideas or ways of thinking that…"
Tuesday
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion When does classic banjo start?
"Dear Chris,  I like you too. But gosh, unless you actually did write what I responded to even if what you wrote is different from what you meant. The words in italics within my response are your words. Whatever you really meant, you posted them…"
Monday
Richard William Ineson replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Variations, Banjo Pollutions of The Blood, etc.
"And it turns out that unlike most of her other predictions, she was wrong on this one. I didn't end up in the gutter, also, despite everything she said about me playing the banjo and how it was the road to the gutter and worse, she actually got…"
Monday
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Variations, Banjo Pollutions of The Blood, etc.
"When I was about the same age (14 or so) my dentist's wife was a high school music teacher.  She was appalled that I played banjo, which I had done since age 12. She asked me, her voice full of condemnation, why I didn't learn to play…"
Monday
Richard William Ineson replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Variations, Banjo Pollutions of The Blood, etc.
"When I took up playing the banjo at the age of 14 ( my mother wanted me to learn to play the violin) my mother said, "You will end up in the gutter playing that thing, but at least you will have something to keep you amused when you get…"
Monday
Peter LaBau replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Variations, Banjo Pollutions of The Blood, etc.
"Hah! Great catch, Jody. I set myself up perfectly for that. "Least" was the intended, but then maybe "last" would be a dream come true for the bass player! - Peter"
Sunday
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Variations, Banjo Pollutions of The Blood, etc.
"As I read aloud, Bill played Home Sweet Home variations, which increased in complexity with each repetition of the melody.  When I got to the part about the trapeze I would stop reading and look at Bill expectantly.  He'd keep playing…"
Sunday
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Variations, Banjo Pollutions of The Blood, etc.
"I suspect a typo or an over-zealous computer spell correcting device.  Maybe "last annoying" was meant to be "least annoying"?  "
Sunday
Peter LaBau replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Variations, Banjo Pollutions of The Blood, etc.
"I'm a big fan of Sturges films- and probably good for all of us that he was steered clear of anything that would have kept him from pursing film as his art form. I've heard variations of his mother's lament many times over the years…"
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Jody Stecher replied to Aaron Jonah Lewis's discussion Short Readings for Performance -- Poems, Prose, any Recommendations?
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

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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