Yodeling Workshop
by Yodeling Luke, the Old Galoot from the Bitterroot, aka M. Missouri Clem, aka W. Clem Small with His Lovely Wife, Pam Small and his son, Matt.

Yodeling as it is done in the United States was inspired by various Alpine yodelers who traveled the USA as early as the 1800s. After hearing the Alpine yodelers our country folk developed their own versions of yodeling, and it became a popular "accessory" to country music performances in the 1930s. 40s. and even into the 50s. Western or cowboy music by various artists such as Rex Allen, and Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers, added some very melodic yodeling, sometimes even in three-part harmony. Although the popularity of yodeling has waned there are still some well-klnown performers, such as Ranger Doug of Riders in the Sky, and Bill Staines, who keep this tradition alive and healthy.

In this workshop a brief history of yodeling will be covered, and a variety of country-folk, and country-western yodeling styles will be demonstrated along with songs which have become associated with them. The basics of yodeling will be discussed and demonstrated. The class members will be encouraged to learn to slip their voices into the necessary falsetto mode, and to begin to develope their own yodeling voices. Information will be available on websites offering free audio samples of yodeling as well as free yodeling courses. Other informaiton on yodeling resources will also be given.

Yodeling Luke, the Old Galoot offering this workshop, has been singing, playing guitar, and yodeling since his teen years. His yodeling influences include: Kenny Roberts (self-styled King of the Yodelers), Jimmie Rogers (The Blue Yodeler), Hank Willliams (Lovesick Blues, Moaning the Blues), Elton Britt, and Slilm Whitman.

An outline of what I hope to cover with this workshop, including the references to yodeling materials on the web, can be found at on the internet. An outline of what I hope to cover with this workshop, including the references to yodeling materials on the web, can be found here on the internet.

 



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