Montag, 11. Mai 2015

Yodelling for the advanced

Last Saturday my beloved siblings and I packed our bags and took a drive to Kochel on Lake Kochel, near the Bavarian Alps, for our advanced yodelling workshop.

We met up with Barbara, our coach ( and 8 other like-minded singers at the Hotel Waltraud, a small family-run hotel, beautifully located for a relaxing stay. 

behind the hotel

We started off with repeating the songs from the beginners course and then got on with new, more taxing stuff. 
After a delicious lunch we went for a small hike towards a vantage point, with a beautiful, inspiring view across the lake.

amazing shot taken by my sister

Aim was to experience yodelling in its true form, communicating with each other and across long distances. There was a wonderful echo.

outdoor yodelling

After dinner we went back up there to watch the sun set and sing some more. It was unbelievably beautiful.

again my sisters picture

 Back at the ranch we had a few drinks and then headed to bed early as our first point on the agenda was at 6:40 am to climb back up to greet the day. 

There were only five of us with the rest still in bed but it was a very special experience, and I'm glad I  mad the effort. All of us were still sleepy and our voices not warmed-up so our singing was completely different. Softer and improvised, even Barbara was impressed. Unfortunately the skies then opened and we hurried back to the hotel for breakfast.


The task for Sunday morning was to write our own piece of yodelling and to perform it. The writing ws the easy part. I'm seriously considering taking some singing lessons. It's so hard to hold a tune and even harder to sing in front of a bunch of strangers all by yourself.

Unfortunately I can't share my very own Yodler here with you, as I don't want any hassle with plagiarism once we hit the charts! So for now I'll keep it secret.

After lunch we packed up and drove to the nearby river to experiment more with the travelling sound and frighten the locals.

At around 3 pm we said our goodbyes and left for home, exhausted, hoarse but happy! What an amazing weekend.

I'm very happy to report that the weekend cheer still holds whereas usually it doesn't last until 9 am on Monday morning!