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Country Vocals Lessons: Yodels & Cries

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A great tool to have
in your toolbox as a singer
is yodels and cries.
This is just a wide spectrum of
possibilities for giving some emotion,
adding some emotion to your song,
to your melody and your performance.
A couple great artists to
listen to classic yodelers.
Patsy Montana, you should check
out Cowboy's Sweetheart and
Jimmie Rodger's Brakeman's Blues.
Those are great examples
of authentic yodelers.
And cries, you can hear cries everywhere,
in country music, in pop music.
Those [NOISE] all those
little sounds that happen
at the beginning or
the ends of words of phrases,
that really give you that
sense of angst and passion.
We're gonna work a little
bit with yodels first.
You can hear a very clear contrast between
your chest voice and your falsetto or
your head voice depending on how
high up your popping the yodel.
But you can really hear that you're
using these two different voices or
resonances when you yodel.
In fact, that's part of the thing,
that's part of the appeal of these sounds.
Creating this intentionally
dramatic difference
between the tone that
the singer's delivering.
I'm gonna give you an example of yodeling
and I'm gonna let you play with it.
I will sing a yodel phrase and
then you sing right behind me.
And just play with it,
have fun with it, and
feel where it sits in your chest voice and
your chest resonance.
And as we go to the high note, you should
feel a distinct buzz in your nose and
your mask, as that resonance gets
pushed up higher into your head and
you keep the sound spinning forward.
It happens very quickly though so
get ready.
Were gonna sing
a pattern inside this beat.
Can you hear my chest voice is
the first couple of notes and
then I am popping up that high note and
shifting the resonance really
dramatically up into my head voice.
really fun.
You can have a lot of fun with yodeling.
Just riding down the road,
just practice feeling in your chest voice.
Usually, these yodel intervals are pretty
large because to really get the dramatic
effect of going from your chest to your
head or falsetto really quickly and
dramatically, you want the jump to be
a fourth or a fifth or even an octave.
That's a part of a pattern that I used in
that exercise.
So I'm actually jumping a sixth or
an octave in making that
jump to my head voice.
And if you put a little cry at the break,
that is the sound of authentic yodeling.
I'm actually inserting
a little cry even on the shift from
my chest voice to my head voice.
So we've got some backing tracks for
you to play with this.
Girls, you'll probably want to
use the train beat in A and guys,
there's a country shuffle in C
at a couple different tempos.
You can play around with yodels and cries.