Sunday, May 29, 2016

Yodel like a Swiss

So, have you ever wondered what a REAL yodel sounds like?

Yodeling, a vocal technique that involves a variety of drawn-out pitches formed in the head and chest registers, was the perfect way to bring cows together in what sheepherders called kuhreihen, or "line of cows". The earliest record of the distinctive call was written in 1545 in Appenzell, a region in northeastern Switzerland.

Many listeners don't realize that those prolonged oooooohs and uuuuuuuuhs usually tell a story, often about nature, love, or folk tales that link back to Switzerland. Lyrics to these “yodel songs” are typically in French or Swiss German.

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