Imagine patting your head and rubbing your belly at the same time. Now imagine that you have to perform a pair of complimentary rhythms in both places while you do it. Sounds tough, right? Well, imagine playing a fast traditional gigue
) on the fiddle while essentially performing a full-fledged rhythmic dance with your feet. It's definitely not an easy task, but it's an important part of the Quebecois fiddle tradition. The part with the tapping feet is called podorythmie
is a Latin root meaning "foot" - "podiatrist" and "tripod" both come from the same root; and "rythmie" is obviously related to "rhythm"), and Pascal Gemme, of the band Genticorum, is particularly fun to watch as he performs... he's got a special knack for making it look easy and effortless.