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Stump Fiddle - This is an old-time rhythm instrument made of a stick and bottle caps. I first saw a stump fiddle when I was playing for some old folks in Burnsville, NC in 1976. It was used in both the black and white communities in that area. I have since learned there are variations of this simple instrument throughout the world.

It is easy to make: Get any number of bottle caps (my stump fiddle has 88) and nail 3 at a time to a sturdy stick. Leave a space to grip the stump fiddle near the top. To play, just hit the floor with the stump fiddle and then tap it on the up beat with another stick as you lift the stump fiddle off the floor. The rhythms you can make are endless.

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