Here’s a great read on why it’s time we learn to love yodelling from author Bart Plantenga courtesy of The London Guardian. Bart Platenga is the author of Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo: The Secret History of Yodelling and Yodel in Hi-Fi. Bart also hosts Wreck This Mess on WFMU and resides in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
What is Yodelling?
Yodeling (or yodelling, jodeling) is a form of singing that involves singing an extended note which rapidly and repeatedly changes in pitch from the vocal or chest register (or “chest voice”) to the falsetto/head register; making a high-low-high-low sound. The English word yodel is derived from a German word jodeln (originally Austro-Bavarian language) meaning “to utter the syllable jo” (pronounced “yo” in English). This vocal technique is used in many cultures throughout the world.