Jodeln ist Cool (I Get a Kick out of Yodeling)

Ja, Jodeln ist cool und Melanie Oesch von Oesch die Dritten ist die coolste. Jodeln ist ja wirklich cool. Cooler, sage Ich, als Hip-Hop oder weibliche-männliche Stimme “Coffee House” Musik. Oesch die Dritten ist drei Generationen einer einzigen Familie von traditionellen Schweizer Instrumentalisten und Sängern.

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The late Franzl Lang (1930 – 2015) was no slouch either —

Sehr cool!

11 thoughts on “Jodeln ist Cool (I Get a Kick out of Yodeling)

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  2. It was also a staple of country-western music.

    There’s also dance, specifically the Schuplattler. Following example adds the Holzhacker component. Glad that young fellers are continuing the tradition, although a mohawk and green hair?

    • The wood-chopping ritual accompanied by dance is an ancient custom. It is probably prehistoric in its origin. Jane Harrison writes about it eloquently in Themis (1912) and her other books about what she calls the social origins of Greek religion. I believe that yodeling began in cow-calling. In Sweden, yodeling is called kylning, and is still understood to be the vocal technique of cow-calling although it is much elaborated and embellished in an artistic way.

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  4. It is indeed a magical activity – my favourite is still Frank Ifield’s ‘She Taught Me To Yodel’ – Ifield had the advantage of being a sweet-voiced singer (with a lovely falsetto tone), aside from the yodelling, and this is a cornily-pleasant self-referential song.

    I often tried to yodel as a kid and even a teen – but never could produce anything acceptable. But my peer-group used to amuse each other (to the point of tears of laughter) by pretending to yodel – i.e just *singing* the phrase ‘yodeleidee’ in the appropriate place, confidently and loud, acting asif we were actually yodelling…

    Well, we found it funny then, and I still do.

    • I have never been able to master yodeling either although I have tried. I suspect that training must begin in childhood and that the trainee must be capable of significant proprioception. Yodeling entails octave and even double-octave leaps, so a large range is equally necessary. Yodeling delights its audience because it appears to be so free and playful, as only something that is strongly disciplined can be.

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  6. From a musical perspective, it’s interesting that yodeling mostly syncopates a triplet rhythm in the melody over a solid four beats in the bar from the bass and rhythm section – the same as ragtime. This simple trick is very appealing. (Reggae does almost the opposite, with a triplet rhythm in the bass.)


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