Can the book have a digital version with embedded hyperlinks to relevant
On Oct 28, 2016 1:51 PM, "Tony Parkes via Callers" <
Richard Hart wrote:
*> *How about an answer to the question, Can contra callers who don't
sing call squares, if so, how?
The answer seems obvious to me, but that’s because I grew up with an
eclectic assortment of squares in various styles, some of which involve no
singing at all. Some square dance communities do singing calls exclusively;
in others, the squares are done to fiddle tunes but in a chanting style in
which every word is pitched to a note of the musical scale. If one’s
background is in such a tradition, it can be hard to imagine calling a
square without singing.
I enjoy playing around with the harmony when I call. But it’s not
necessary at all for effective calling. In fact, if you’re not comfortable
doing it, it can get in the way.
It’s quite possible to use either a patter or prompting style, or a
combination of both, without singing a note. Ted Sannella, as he was the
first to admit, was not a singer. He avoided singing calls for the most
part; when he did one, such as Life on the Ocean Wave, it was obvious that
he was uncomfortable and he had trouble finding the pitches. Yet he was one
of the most successful and influential phrased-square callers of the 20th
century. He simply spoke his calls rather than singing or harmonizing.
If you look at YouTube videos of callers doing traditional squares
(Eastern, Southern or Western), you can see that most of them don’t try to
pitch their voices to the music. Some have a more shouting style, some are
mellower, but nearly all are effective in their own way.
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