Take a quick lesson from Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Dom has exposed rhythm bones to more people that any recent player.
There are two styles of rhythm bones playing, Traditional and Percussive, though many play a bit of both. Traditional is built on the Triplet and Percussive is built on the Tap. Basic instruction consists of how to hold rhythm bones and how to play the tap and the triplet.
One of the first instruction materials edited by Sue Barber and produced by Andy and Bill Spence of Andy’s Front Hall. NOTE: You may have to change your browser’s PDF reader to Adobe Reader to listen to the audio files.
The rhythm bones part of Nick’s instruction book with an alternate way of holding rhythm bones
One of the first rhythm bones instruction videos was by legend Percy Danforth. Because it is copyrighted, we cannot include it on our website, however, its producer, Lark in the Morning, allowed us to put the non-instruction parts of the video on our website.
Preview: Non-Instruction Parts
Purchase: Lark in the Morning
View: Percy’s Memorabilia
Dr. Fred Edmunds wrote a book and made a video titled ‘Bones Unlimited.’ His complete course that emphasizes the percussive style of play. The original book and video and the on-line version are copyright 2007-2011 by the Rhythm Bones Society. All rights reserved.
There are several good instruction videos on YouTube. Check out these:
Who Else Do We Include?
With people spread out over the world. we are interested in exploring online instruction using some teleconferencing technology. We were recently contacted for this and provided an instructor who will soon report on this in the newsletter.
Workshops are part of annual Bones Fests and have great instruction. Check out these:
Early issues of the Rhythm Bones Player had a ‘Tips & Techniques’ column. Below are a few of the best.
Playing Eight Rhythm Bones by Yirdy Machar
Care and Maintenance by Walt Watkins
How to Hold by Walt Watkins
Rhythm Bones Etiquette by Walt Watkins
Dutch Penny Bones by Dutch Kopp
Quadruplet Roll by Bill Vits
Learn a Lick by Steve Wixson
The Rhythm Bones Society has not figured a way to teach large numbers of children so that rhythm bones continue in future generations. Shown below are anecdotal experiences that may inspire.
Getting Kids Started by Bill Rexroad
Youth Track by Constance Cook
The Young Player by Constance Cook
The Young Player 2 by Constance Cook
The Young Player 3 by Constance Cook
The Young Player 4 by Constance Cook
The Young Player 5 by Constance Cook
The Young Player 6 by Constance Cook
The Young Player 7 by Constance Cook
Bones Infect School by Adam Klein
Teaching Kids by Jennifer Ranger
Boy Wonder by Steve Brown
Children’s Workshop by Jonathan Danforth
When Principal Plays Bones by Sandor Slomovits
Great Lesson Plan by Teri Davies Wolin
Taught During COVID-19 by Teri Wolin
Irish Kid Letter to Steve Brown