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American Square Dances
the two measures of each line, and will allow him to keep and hold a reserve amount of breath (taken at the start of the call, but not used) to carry through with any rapid double-time patter lines which would prevent him from taking his usual breath every two measures.
While breathing should never be apparent or audible, the caller will find it to his advantage to practice breathing in this manner by taking an audible breath before every two measures until the breathing at the proper place in the call is established, and then breathe silently, without effort. Most callers breathe in this manner unconsciously, as it is a natural method, but often faulty breathing technique is employed and quite often the caller's breathing is audible as a "gasp" to the entire floor. Microphones are very sensitive.
Unless a caller breathes properly, he cannot time and phrase a call, for he will gtt off beat and rhythm every time he takes a breath. The secret of easy, relaxed calling, without strain on the vocal chords, clear enunciation, and volume sufficient for proper accent and stress over the normal volume level is proper breathing.