Hey Kim, glad you found us.
I find bones of any kind slip until you learn to hold them in place with
the "Spock" muscles of your fingers. (Or the "Mork" muscles) But if your
hands sweat a lot, I suppose baby powder might help if you can't find
fiddle rosin. I would worry about rosin if you like to change the position
of the bones a lot to get different timbres.
Sorry I didn't meet you at Bones Fest VII. I was working in Colorado
playing bones, banjo and jembe in front of opera patrons (after the show).
By the way, aside from wood ones I use rib bones, which aside from being a
little lighter than shin bones are no less slippery unless you leave them
in their natural state after finding a skeleton in the woods while hiking,
probably having sat there for 20 years. I didn't. I sanded them smooth.
As for rosin, you could probably just rub the bones right onto in if the
rosin isn't in a wooden trough, just the way you rosin a bow. Also,
dancers' rosin should also work. Or whatever baseball batters use.
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