So I play bass guitar at church, and this Sunday we’re playing Build Your Kingdom Here by Rend Collective (catchy song really). Anyways, we play with an audio track (no percussionist) which includes this curious instrument, a stomp fiddle/pogo cello/party fiddle/etc.
I had to look it up, but you play it by bouncing it on the floor on the downbeat; and if you want to be awesome, hitting the wood block, bells, etc during the upbeat. It’s pretty epic, and dare I say metal, to watch.
Of course, the bass for this song plays on the downbeat too, so I have to sync my playing with the recording. We all wear headphones and have a small mixer, so all I hear is this stomp fiddle in my ear as I play along.
Anyways, this just proves folk music is awesome.