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What did we do to make the progress we have made?  Articles which contain general advice about change ringing on handbells, including techniques, ways to practice and rehearse, and discussions about different approaches to learning change ringing on handbells. 

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Some time ago, I wrote about the fact that getting started on handbells is easier than getting started on tower bells, because there isn't the difficulty of learning to handle a bell. At the time, I was thinking that bell handling on handbells is almost trivial; certainly I don't...Read more

Most of the methods we ring are symmetrical, and we are used to the fact that each place bell has its reverse - for example, 2nd place bell and 5th place bell in Yorkshire Major - and there is one symmetrical place bell - for example, 3rd place bell in...Read more

Last night our Albany Quadrant band joined the many hundreds of bell ringers who have rung quarter peals to support the campaign 'Strike Back Against Blood Cancer', by ringing a quarter peal of Julie McDonnell Slow Course Minor (named after the originator of the campaign).

The method itself is simple...Read more

There has been some discussion this week on the change-ringers email list about ways of thinking about methods for handbells, and in particular the role of place notation. I have taken this as a prompt to try out some thoughts about how to get started on ringing Surprise Minor, because...Read more

We are still working on Horton's Four, but I won't have anything new to say about ringing it until we eventually score. Meanwhile, here are some thoughts about how I learn and call a difficult composition of spliced. I hope that readers who are better conductors will comment from their...Read more

As Simon has recently mentioned, we recently rang a peal of 23-spliced in hand with David and Henry Pipe.  Now, Simon has rung this now a few times, David Pipe probably a billion times, and I'm pretty sure Henry has now rung it at least five times.  This was...Read more

Going through Simon's occasional series of handbell-friendly compositions, I have been giving some thought to what features make the method itself handbell-friendly.  Some methods do lend themselves well to handbells, while other methods are surprisingly tricky.  Here are some of my thoughts on some particular features and a 'handbell-friendliness' score...Read more

So, this past weekend we had an intensive weekend of 23-spliced practice with Jonathan and Angela, starting on Friday evening and continuing through to Sunday afternoon.  It was a great success and pushed us much farther forward than we expected.

Our aim was to just keep working as far as...Read more

This is the third post in a series on conducting techniques for handbells. In this post and the next one, I will describe ways of using the coursing order to check or correct the ringing.


Plain Bob Major: bells leading in coursing...Read more

This is the second post in a short series on conducting techniques that I find useful for handbell ringing.

What I mean by "local conducting" is seeing which piece of work a bell is doing, and using that information to remind its ringer of the next work, if he or she...Read more

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