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    Monday, February 20, 2017

    Learn How to Yodel

    Today we're gonna learn about how to yodel.

    Yodeling (also yodelling or jodeling) is a form of singing which involves repeated and rapid changes of pitch between the low-pitch chest register (or "chest voice") and the high-pitch head register or falsetto. The English word yodel is derived from the German (and originally Austro-Bavarian) word jodeln, meaning "to utter the syllable jo" (pronounced "yo" in English). This vocal technique is used in many cultures worldwide.[1]
    quoted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yodeling

    When you hear the Country and Western singers yodel, do you wish you could do the same thing? Have you tried it, but it never sounded like a real, genuine yodel? The following steps might just help you to be the best yodeler on your block.

    Understand the break. The secret to yodeling is learning to find the break in your voice. All human voices have two distinct vocal registers; your normal or "chest" voice and your high or "head" voice. The break occurs at the point where your chest voice switches to your head voice. Yodeling is characterized by the jump from chest voice to head voice, while breaking your voice at the same time.

    Find your break.Don't worry - it's not painful! Pick a sound, such as "oh" and move your voice from low to high, listening for the break. The point at which the break occurs will be different for everybody.
    -If you're having trouble finding your break, trying howling like a wolf.

    Practice. Practice moving from low to high notes, making sure to emphasize the break. Start with any mid-range note in your chest, using the sound "oh". Now jump up to a high note in your head using the sound "ou".
    - Try not to tense up your voice, keep it relaxed.
    - Don't let the notes slide smoothly - unlike other singing styles where singers try to move smoothly from one note to the next, the break between notes is essential for yodeling correctly.

    Remember the knock knock joke. Knock knock. Who's there? Little old lady. Little-old-lady-WHO! Practice your yodel by singing "little-old-lady-WHO," with the jump from chest voice to head voice occurring between the word "lady" and the word "who". Go on, try it!

    Attempt a triad yodel. Most styles of yodeling are founded around three notes - the triad. Try singing the notes A, E, then D to form a triad yodel. The A should be sung in your chest voice, while the E and D notes should be sung in your head voice.
    Once you've mastered the triad, try putting the word "yodel" in front of it to sing "yodel-A-E-D!"

    Go through a chord scale. Try singing "yodel-A-E-D" for each note on a chord scale. This will allow you to practice your break and also help you to get warmed up!

    That's it. If you wanna be a professional yodeling singer just keep practicing. Good luck!


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