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Love all the Songs! 😍
That kid is amazing. And Takeo Ischi can yodel unlike most people here! 👏👏👏
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I suspect this style of yodelling is more traditional than the popular songs of Franzl Lang or Takeo Ischi. The dance tune at the end fits in more with the popular idea of Alpine folk music, I think!

Potz! Musig is a Swiss channel devoted to Alpine folk music which is why Nicolas Senn pops up a lot, as in this video playing his hackbrett in the background.

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Here's Nicolas Senn having fun with 2 other hackbrett players.



Plenty of drinks on the tables. Prosit!

And here is Fabienne playing her hackbrett; I thought this was charming which is why I've included this video.



Still a few drinks to hand!
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These are amazing!!!

Kind of makes me want to play Hackbrett. I think I can kind of play it, it's similar to the piano when it comes to the key system. It would probably take an hour or two to get acquainted.

Sadly, I know no one who owns one, and they are VERY expensive! (As most Instruments are).

My great grandma used to play the zither, but her instrument was lost. Pity. I would have loved to learn it.
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Here's another Alpine instrument: The Maultrommel - the literal translation would be Yap Drum - but the correct English translation is Jaw Harp.

I think it's an instrument that is also common in parts of Asia, but is also very much engrained in Alpine culture and part of Austrian/German/probably also Swiss folk music.

I actually have some jaw harps...somewhere. 🤣 I'll have to go and look where I put them.

Each jaw harp only produces one single key note, so if you want to play a song with more than one note, you need multiple harps.

And also: they can be uncomfortable to play. You basically produce a sound by letting the metal part vibrate against your teeth which feels a bit similar to a drill used at the dentist - not as painful, but the weird, vibrating feeling, if you know what I mean.

And if you don't get the angle right, you'll also hit yourself in the teeth with the metal tongue or may even injure your lips.

There is a world-famous jaw harp manufacture about 20 mins from my parent's house. The owner's son went to my cass in middle school, and we went to the manufacture once on a school trip to see how the harps are made.

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Using multiple jaw harps clearly takes some skill. I see these musicians come from the Tirol.

One name for the instrument in English-speaking countries is jews harp, which is odd because the instrument has nothing whatsoever to do with Jews. According to Wikipedia the first use of the term in English was in Sir Walter Raleigh's Discouerie Guiana in 1596, spelled "Iewes Harp", but nobody knows exactly why the term came into use in English. The term is also found in Danish (Wiki again) - jødeharpe.
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Wow! those things are weird!! :eek

Funnily enough I really enjoyed the performance! it was so catchy! once you got used to the sight of a bloke twanging a metal rod against his teeth while sticking four others in his eye at the same time :rofl

GET YOUR HARPS OUT FOR THE GIRLS, TOM!

(if you're not familiar with that reference, which you probably are :) it's a crude hen-night chant :blush
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Another video of Takeo Ischi - from 1985 in Bregenz, which is the main town in the Austrian part of the southern shoreline of the Bodensee, or Lake Constance as it is known here. I have been on the northern edge of the lake a couple of times on the steamer to and from Schaffhausen (it's a long trip!) and have needed to look it up a few times as well on the map, and I think of it as the Bodensee now. Konstanz is in Germany and the steamer ends its journey from Schaffhausen at Kreuzlingen, just after Konstanz but in Switzerland.

Here's Takeo.

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OurCreature wrote: Thu Jan 19, 2023 6:19 pm Another video of Takeo Ischi - from 1985 in Bregenz, which is the main town in the Austrian part of the southern shoreline of the Bodensee, or Lake Constance as it is known here. I have been on the northern edge of the lake a couple of times on the steamer to and from Schaffhausen (it's a long trip!) and have needed to look it up a few times as well on the map, and I think of it as the Bodensee now. Konstanz is in Germany and the steamer ends its journey from Schaffhausen at Kreuzlingen, just after Konstanz but in Switzerland.

Here's Takeo.

This makes me want to learn how to yodel, lol! I can't do it to save my life.

I've been to lake Bodensee a couple of times, to the Swiss, German and Austrian side. Actually, my work colleague went there only yesterday. It was his birthday and on your birthday you can travel free on public transport, so he got on a train and went from Vienna to Bregenz (takes, I think, about seven hours), went for a swim in Bodensee (he does ice swimming - it's crazy!) and then made the seven-hour train journey back to Vienna on the same day.
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Meanwhile here are some more folk playing their Maultrommelmusi.

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Not quite something completely different - it looks like fun as long as you are not the chap in mid-air and the others suddenly decide to take the table away before he's landed. Fortunately everything went to plan!

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And now for some more Alpine dancing by gentlemen in short lederhosen.



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Swiss alpine music meets the bagpipes - I put this up as it is Burns Night. United Maniacs is a Swiss group devoted to Scottish pipes and drums. It's only fair to say that the folk who commented on this didn't really like the combination.

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Here's Franzl Lang again. Why on earth did people think flared trousers could be fashionable back in the 1970s........even I fell for this need to conform.............the lady introducing him, the late Maria Hellwig, sang Alpine-style songs with her daughter with a little bit of yodelling - nowhere near the standard of Angela, Melanie and Herlinde but quite pleasant.

One person commented that the cameraman kept on trying to escape but nobody escapes Franzl Lang.

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Here's a charming little polka played at a competition in Innsbruck in 2010.

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Just catching up with these after some busy weeks with work and evening classes. The dancing is hilarious! And that guy who is thrown into the air...let's hope he won't break his neck! 😅😂
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These Appenzellers are doing something at first a bit different to Franzl and Melanie - I like it. It's not long before they get into something that we think of as Alpine music. One of the dancing couples are having to be careful to not tread on the Alpenhorn.

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