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Folk Rhythms, tutorial DVD
Folk Rhythms tutorial DVD
Learn to play bones, spoons, washboard, hambone - even the paper bag! No music lessons, note reading, or expensive instruments are necessary.

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Folk Rhythms DVD
Rattlin' the bones is fun, it's easy, they sound great...and it's so cool!

Grammy award-winning musician David Holt teaches you the ancient art of bone playing - plus spoons, washboard, hambone and the paper bag.

Incidentally, David Holt is the person who inspired the name "Bot Bones" for our line of aluminum musical rhythm bones.

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Folk Rhythms Instructional Video
Learn to play Bones, Spoons, Washboard, Hambone, and the Paper Bag

Video dvd by David Holt

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David Holt is a Grammy award winner and multi-instrumentalist who comes from a background where bone playing is a family tradition. In this unique and highly entertaining video he teaches you to make complex rhythms using the simplest materials, some right out of your kitchen drawer. It is fun, and anyone can do it - no music lessons, note-reading or expensive instruments are needed to join in with the band!

David Holt's infectious enthusiasm and clear instructions will have you playing fascinating rhythms in no time. You will develop coordination, physical dexterity, and gain a deeper understanding of traditional American music.

You will also discover the proper way to play rolls, accents, fills, plus a variety of sounds on these instruments. You can quickly learn the basics of percussion so you can contribute to jam sessions and other musical events.

You don't even need an instrument! In addition to learning to play metal and wooden spoons, bones, washboard, and even the paper bag, David passes along the traditional art of hambone, where you will learn to use nothing but your own body to create fabulous sounds and rhythms. With just a little practice you will master the series of moves that have been handed down for generations. In no time at all you will create your own show-stopping routines and entertain your family and friends for many years to come.

Bones Instruction
David Holt is gifted at teaching folk instruments at the beginning level. Although the section on bones runs only around seven minutes, the instruction is clear and precise so you should get a lot out of it.

What's more, this might be the only video that demonstrates how to play bones using natural ox rib instruments that look like they were last night's dinner!

Why Choose this Video?
If you want a "quick-start" way to learn how to play the bones from a top-notch teacher who also shows you how to play 3 other essential old-time traditional folk instruments (spoons, washboard, hambone) plus a paper bag - that's a total of 5 instruments...all recorded on a single budget-priced DVD that's an excellent value, then this video is for you.

Look what's on the dvd menu:

1. Spoons
2. Hambone
3. Washboard
4. Bones
5. Paper Bag

David Holt

Every young man dreams of a life of adventure. In 1968, David Holt found his life's journey in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. With a passion to become an old-time banjo player, David traveled to remote mountain communities like Kingdom Come, Kentucky and Sodom Laurel, North Carolina searching for the best traditional musicians. Holt found hundreds of old-time mountaineers with a wealth of folk music, stories and wisdom. There was banjoist Wade Mainer, ballad singer Dellie Norton, singing coal miner Nimrod Workman, and 122 year-old washboard player Susie Brunson. Holt learned to play not only banjos, but many unusual instruments like the mouth bow, the bottleneck slide guitar and even the paper bag.

Award-winning Musician
Four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt is a musician, storyteller, historian, television host and entertainer, dedicated to performing and preserving traditional American music and stories. Holt plays ten acoustic instruments and has released numerous recordings of traditional mountain music and southern folktales.

Started as a Bone Player
His newest release, the Grammy Nominated CD Live and Kickin' at the National Storytelling Festival, is an entertaining look at David's musical and storytelling journey of the last forty years. David takes the audience from his beginnings as a Texas bones player to a rock and roll drummer in the 60's to a nationally acclaimed Southern Appalachian musician. Accompanied by his son, Zeb, David entertains with humor, music and true-life stories.

Five Generations of Bone Players
As for music, Holt says, "The only homemade music in our house was played by my father on bones and spoons that had been passed down in our family for five generations. "I have two pairs of walnut and oak bones carved and played by my great, great-grandfather during the Civil War,"
David Holt relates. "He rode with General Hood, I think. They have been passed down through the Holt side of the family and each male has learned how to play from the preceding generation. I don't carry them to shows. I would hate to lose them. I normally play rib bones from a cow or, currently, buffalo ribs."

In 1975, Holt founded and directed the Appalachian Music Program at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina. It is the only program of its kind in which students study, collect and learn traditional music and dance.

Since 1981, Holt has pursued a full-time career in entertainment. Today, he brings to the concert stage the fun and spirit of old-time music and storytelling. An evening with David Holt offers tales, ballads and tunes told, sung and played on the banjo, slide guitar, guitar, harmonica, bones, spoons and jaw harp. His audiences are constantly involved, learning to play the paper bag, applauding the vitality of his clog dancing, listening to the haunting sound of a 122 year old mountain banjo, or being spellbound by a ghost story.

Inernational Performer
The U.S. State Department has sponsored Holt's performances in many parts of the world as a musical ambassador, taking the sounds of American folk music to such diverse lands as Nepal, Thailand, South America and Africa.

Holt is a three-time winner of the Frets magazine readers' poll for "best old-time banjoist." In addition, Esquire Magazine selected Holt for its first "Annual Register of Men and Women Who Are Changing America" in 1984. Called the "the best of the new generation," those chosen included such notables as Steven Spielberg, Sally Ride and Meryl Streep. All were selected for personal vision, originality and service to others.

  • Media Type: Video dvd. Watch disc on dvd player or your computer.
  • Perfect for beginning players: Gets you up to speed and jamming with the band fast!
  • Durable Plastic Case: Protects your dvd.

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