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Yodelling

Yodelling

Yodelling is a style of singing whereby the singer rapidly repeats switching between singing lower register notes in their chest voice and higher register notes in the singer's falsetto or head voice.

Various types of yodelling are traditional in many parts of the world, both as a form of entertainment and as a means of communication over vast empty distances. These can range from the jungles and plains of Africa, as immortalised by "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" from Disney's The Lion King, to it's more common association amongst Swiss and Austrian farmers who herded their livestock along the Alps. 

Up until the 1950's, Yodeling was also once a major part of American country music, with singers like Jimmie Rodgers becoming very popular in the early 20th century.

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