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Old 09-16-2009, 04:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Yodeling is so much more than just a way of singing. I heard once that it first evolved from a way of communicating between mountaintops. Aside from music, you can use it to stop traffic, as a repellent for most kinds of large mammals or - possibly with enough skill, you could use it to strip old paint off buildings.

Yodeling is typically thought of as folk music from the alps, but several cultures have yodeling or something that resembles yodeling in their music. It's also become popular in some cultures it is not endemic too such as american country and bluegrass.

So do you have a favourite yodeler?

I do, the amazing Franzl Lang from Bavaria Here he is performing the classic appenzeller yodel (mein Vater ist ein Appenzeller = my father is an apple-salesman).




Listen to this and be honest. Does it not make you want to strap on some lederhosen, drink massive amounts of beer from mugs with lids on them and gorge on bratwurst?
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That is pretty outstanding. Yodeling is the theme song for having a good time.
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Old 09-16-2009, 03:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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All my experience with Yodeling comes from watching "The Price is Right"!
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Old 09-16-2009, 03:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Haha, my thoughts exactly.
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Old 09-16-2009, 05:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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My only experience comes from my childhood and a man we called "the yodeller" (for obvious reasons).
The story went that his wife had drowned in the canal and that he'd had some kind of breakdown and thereafter solemnly walked the towpath yodelling. He was good at it too.
He could be heard from a good distance and it was years before I actually got to see him.
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Listen to this and be honest. Does it not make you want to strap on some lederhosen, drink massive amounts of beer from mugs with lids on them and gorge on bratwurst?
Wow, if that is stereotyping German people, if that was said about any other group of people that would be totally inappropriate. Don't worry it doesn't phase me in the least. I'm not offended. But because you said that, I'm a little confused whether you are really interested in yodelling or this is a joke thread.

Just in case you are serious about yodelling, I'll mention Slim Whitman. I don't know how serious other people take him as an artist, his music is old, but I like Old Country music over the newer junk. I really don't like American Country Music that much except for a few artist and he's one of my exceptions.
He has an amazing voice imo, he's the first singer who I began to appreciate a type of yodelling.

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Old 09-17-2009, 02:03 AM   #7 (permalink)
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My only experience comes from my childhood and a man we called "the yodeller" (for obvious reasons).
The story went that his wife had drowned in the canal and that he'd had some kind of breakdown and thereafter solemnly walked the towpath yodelling. He was good at it too.
He could be heard from a good distance and it was years before I actually got to see him.
The tale of the lone yodeler .. You're joking, right? Either way, that's a pretty good story.

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Wow, if that is stereotyping German people, if that was said about any other group of people that would be totally inappropriate. Don't worry it doesn't phase me in the least. I'm not offended. But because you said that, I'm a little confused whether you are really interested in yodelling or this is a joke thread.

Just in case you are serious about yodelling, I'll mention Slim Whitman. I don't know how serious other people take him as an artist, his music is old, but I like Old Country music over the newer junk. I really don't like American Country Music that much except for a few artist and he's one of my exceptions.
He has an amazing voice imo, he's the first singer who I began to appreciate a type of yodelling.
I have a lot of genuine fascination and respect for the german bavarian culture, but at the same time I have to admit that there are certain aspects of it that I find slightly comical. That's probably why it's a bit hard to tell wether or not I'm serious about yodeling. Don't worry though, I've got plenty of genuine admiration.

I haev quite a few german friends and some of them don't like Bavaria much and seem to think of it as an embarassment, which I think is sad. I consider the old bavarian culture colourful, warm, friendly and - okay, a bit funny. Been wanting to vacate to there for years now!

Thanks for sharing Slim Whitman's country yodel! I've yet to appreciate american yodel, but I thought the song was good. Since we got some american yodel here, I'll add some more variety by adding some australian yodeling.

Mary Schneider still has an alpish style and is quite known for yodeling to pieces by classical composers. I find that more comical than good and her songs are definetly funny, but what the heck. I couldn't find my favourite song from hers on youtube, but this one is good even if he doesn't showcase her talent that well.

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Someone should get a comp together... I'm too lazy to look for good yodelers.
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Old 09-18-2009, 01:56 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm glad you like the Slim Whitman video, here's another one of Slim's called "Cattle Call."


Most of what I know of German music comes from youtube. I actually joined MB to start with the intention of starting a German music thread, but I never got around to it.

About a year ago while searching youtube I came across Gitti und Erika. It was love at first site. (I have a crush on Gitti.) They are sisters from Bavaria, and (one of) their first hits was the theme to "Heidi" there's a nice yodel in it. They do different genres of German music like Sclager Volkstümliche Musik, and Pop. (some of it's kinda silly - like you saidslightly comical.) I watch every video I could find of them.



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Old 09-18-2009, 04:48 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I've never really paid much attention to yodeling, I actually assumed most of it sounded pretty terrible. The closest I've ever come to yodeling is listening to Dolores O'Riordan, who isn't even really a 'yodeler.' Anyway, some of those vids are actually pretty impressive - especially the Gitti & Erica ones. Quite pretty!
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