But why is the Devil involved?
Well, that gets back to what the Devil really is, doesn't it? See, the Devil shows up in most major religions, where he's pretty consistently depicted as Evil, and the opposite of God, and usually up to some shit.
Like fiddle duels?
Oh, he's got a few things going. The main thing is that he's a big fan of souls, and if rumors are true, not keen on giving them back. Like I say, he's got a few ways of getting them, though fiddles are a recurring theme. Leading theologians -- who are all apparently Southern musicians -- rate his fiddle skills quite highly.
So I'm fucked.
Not necessarily. You could try learning the fiddle really fast.
Is that possible?
Let's find out together! How many strings does this fiddle have?
OK. So that mean a fiddle can make four notes, which means that at any given moment you have a one in four chance of playing the right note. Now let's say a fiddle song contains 20 notes.
I don't think that's right.
Let's go with it. Now, if I know my probability ...
... that's four and, uh ... 20 makes ... 24. Hmmm. OK. If you just play notes entirely at random, you have a 24 percent chance of playing a perfect fiddle song.
That's actually pretty good.
It is surprisingly high. So it seems the fiddle is an easy instrument to play. OK, do you have the chance to practice a bit?
I think so.
Try it out, then.
*awful, calamitous noises*
That sounded awful and calamitous.
It was both of those things.
OK, I've got a better idea. Right now, you still have a soul. So what you do is trade your soul to the Devil for fiddle skills.
Won't I be equally fucked, then? And why would the Devil even give me fiddle skills if it helps me win a fiddle duel?
Like I said, he's always up to some shit. He loves selling things in exchange for souls.
But even when I win, I'll still have no souls and two fiddles.
Hmm. Good point. Can you change the stakes of the duel to get a soul instead of a fiddle if you win? It doesn't have to be a good soul. Just some jerk's soul.
Wait. Is the Devil right there?
"HUGE, HUGE FAN OF YOUR WORK, BUCHOLZ."