1291: Switzerland is founded, and yodeling gets off to a trilling start!
Early Alpine shepherds discover how to yodel by alternating their voices between natural singing tones and falsetto pitches. Shepherds began using the distinctive calls to round up cattle and communicate with others across the Alps. But these aren’t the first people to yodel. Apparently, the Roman emperor Julian was already complaining about the “wild, shrieking songs” of northern mountain people way back in the 4th century C.E.
1619: Yodeling comes to North America (but not from where you think)…
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