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Call of the Cowherd comes of age: a degree in yodelling

Does the above picture make you want to yodel? If so, you are probably Swiss, Austrian or Southern German. Now we’re not saying it’s silly season for course news or anything, but this one did catch our attention. So here it is: there is a course in yodelling.

Evening classes, you might be thinking. Or a video-based online course a few weeks long? After all, how long does it take to learn how to wobble your voice up and down?

Call of the Cowherd comes of age: a degree in yodelling

Does the above picture make you want to yodel? If so, you are probably Swiss, Austrian or Southern German. Now we’re not saying it’s silly season for course news or anything, but this one did catch our attention. So here it is: there is a course in yodelling.

Evening classes, you might be thinking. Or a video-based online course a few weeks long? After all, how long does it take to learn how to wobble your voice up and down?

Try your luck with this career: entertainment engineering

The 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea opened with a high-tech display involving 1,218 drones flying in tight formation, making various shapes including the Olympic rings, a snowboarder, and other fabulous coloured shapes in the sky. It totally wowed the crowd at the event and viewers around the world, and was a tour de force of what this article is about: entertainment engineering.

Lyrical kung-fu: learn to freestyle rap like a pro

The current record for fastest rapper is held by Spanish rapper Chojin, who rapped 921 syllables in one minute on December 23, 2008. It’s an impressive feat, but the only trouble is that at that speed he is totally unintelligible. Good rap isn’t about speed but about rhythm and good enunciation. It’s a shame to write or improvise lots of words and garble them out so that nobody knows what you’ve said. When you’re a professional wordsmith, it’s best not to waste your words.

Music for the neck downwards: History of Rock

Sometimes you meet people who can recite the entire family tree of rock: which bands spawned which other bands, which members left and formed their own bands, where they came from, who produced them, the names of all their albums in chronological order, what was on the B side of all of their hits, and what their pets were called.