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May 31, 2023 - 1:15:01 PM



2324 posts since 6/26/2007

Does anyone else here play bones...? I have made several sets over the years for musical friends..I even have a couple of sets done for pro, not professional bone players but professional musicians... one set had travelled to China on a musical tour and another set went with a guy to play in the Irish bone competition some years ago... I have two sets in my fiddle case, I am learning to play both handed. One set is made from a magical wood called Katalox, it rings beautifully and I just made another set out of Bloodwood..., a little sharper in tone...

Play Happy Bones


May 31, 2023 - 2:28:47 PM

3087 posts since 10/22/2007

I knew this guy. (Don DeCamp) Sad to say, he passed away. Little did I know how well traveled he was. I jammed with him at the Iowa State Fair. He also played, spoons, and plectrum banjer. Jazz tunes. Show tunes. Not easy stuff. He was amazing!

May 31, 2023 - 3:23:24 PM

11196 posts since 3/19/2009

Yes, an acquaintance plays bones.. He carries them in very professional looking case.. and he is fun to be around....for a whilewink.  

On another note.. Years ago I knew a man who invested in stock 'futures'.. very speculative.. When he spoke about what he did he always lost me in a minute, but he was sure I understood every word...So, at the time I owned a Meat Market.. yep.. soze I gathered a bunch of pork rib bones, cooked and dried them ...and gave them to the guy as a birthday present.. He asked why...I said, your investments are very speculative soze all you gotta do in Throw the Bones down and Intuit their meaning in reference to buying futures.. 

May 31, 2023 - 6:17:56 PM
like this

2460 posts since 8/23/2008

I found a well dried out bovine carcass on my brother in-laws farm, I brought the whole rib cage home and made a pair for each hand.
I still have a few ribs to cut. I never played them at jams or gigs cos I was too busy playin fiddle.

Jun 1, 2023 - 5:35:55 AM

204 posts since 12/30/2008

Not much these days, but I used to play them a lot. I still get them out now and then, but it's hard to maintain the muscle control if you don't do it on a regular basis. I play one-handed. I've tried using a set in each hand, and my left just doesn't want to do it.

Jun 1, 2023 - 8:14:53 AM

Old Scratch


1167 posts since 6/22/2016

Someone asked on another forum recently - mudcat, I think - if anyone still plays the bones. My music partner always plays bones with one fiddle tune per show. He showed me how it's done; I tried to get the hang of it, but gave up after about five minutes.

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