Check out this recent YouTube featuring bluesman Michael Baytop
(vocals, harmonica, bones) with five-year-old Nicholas Spicer on bones.
Of special interest is the two-finger grip Nicholas employs (rather
than the traditional American one-finger "minstrel" style grip). This
young bone player knows how to jam too, and you don't want to miss his
marvelous solo at the end of the piece.
A thank you to blues musician and bone player Jim Lande who told me
about the video. "For the last several years Nicholas watched his dad
(Miles) playing with [blues group] MSG," reports Jim adding, "Nicholas
said he wanted to play and I made three small pairs in different sizes."
(Jim Lande is a DC area musician who appears on the Archie Edwards
Blues Heritage Foundation CD, "Don't You Weep and Moan.") Some of you
might recognize the name Archie Edwards who recorded "Blues 'N Bones"
in 1989 with Richard "Mr. Bones" Thomas. Both are gone now.
Saint Louis, Missouri