Monday, July 12, 2010

What could possibly be more Swiss…..

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. This vocal technique is used in many cultures throughout the world.


In Alpine folk music, it was probably developed in the Swiss Alps and Austrian Alps as a method of communication between alpine mountaineers or between alpine villages, with this non-musical multi-pitched "yelling" later becoming part of the region's traditional lore and musical expression.

( Wikipedia)



men yodelrs



As I mentioned earlier, our timing couldn’t have been better.Weeks before we had arrived, we had been told by so many, that the weather was horrible, cold and rainy.  Timing IS everything so it is said…and we had good timing….perfect weather to visit the alps garden, to skydive and even there on the right night for a yodeling concert!!!  So we arrived early for a good seat and before we knew it the little church was packed with locals.  We couldn’t understand a word said or sung but to partake in this cultural experience was so incredible.