Yodeling encourages fun Vocal Play

Knock, Knock. Who’s there? Little Old Lady. Little old lady who? I didn’t know you could YODEL !    Little old lady-who”  soon becomes “Yo-de-la-he-who” with a melody, and you truly are yodeling.

In the Kindermusik for the Young Child class, we are studying cultural music styles from Europe, especially around the Alpine mountains, even the fine art of Yodeling!   Young children find the nonsense syllables, the silly sounding voice breaks, and the fun songs that include yodeling to be delightful vocal play.

Many of us were first exposed to yodeling by watching “The Sound of Music” with Julie Andrews beautiful voice on “The Lonely Goatherd”.  Enjoy this quick clip of the song and the puppet show the children put on for their parents. And to really expand on the learning of the culture of the Alpine Mountains, enjoy the whole movie.   Due to copyright laws, I can only include a link to the YouTube video.

“The Lonely Goatherd” by Julie Andrews

 

Meet a true yodeling master, Franzl Lang, and get a feel for the pure art of his music.

This site provides a bit of history and entertaining aspects of yodeling, very interesting.

Yodeling: An Art form of the Alps.  

 

With a little bit of listening, and a little bit of practice, anyone can play around with the voice and yodel a bit !

Enjoy trying to yodel!  It’s a great thing to play around with when you are out hiking around in nature, or in a large resonant area, like a auditorium or large empty parking garage, or even maybe in your own shower !

Where do YOU yodel?

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