Change-Ringing on Handbells (Volume 1: Basic Techniques)

Change-Ringing on Handbells (Volume 1: Basic Techniques)

The paperback edition (206 pages) can be ordered from Amazon for £20 (US$29.50, CA$38.50, €22.50).
The Kindle edition is available from Amazon and the Kindle store for £8.99 (US$9.99, CA$9.99, AU$11.99, €9.99).

From the back cover:

Change-ringing is a form of traditional music based on sequences, permutations and patterns. It is most familiar to the public as the sound of church bells. Change-ringing can also be performed on handbells, where it becomes a contrast to the melodic music of handbell choirs.

This book guides readers through the elementary stages of change-ringing on handbells, from first principles to a standard repertoire. No previous experience of change-ringing is necessary.

The authors have been ringing handbells for over 30 years, and blog about their activities at www.handbellringing.co.uk. They live in Glasgow, Scotland.

Praise from Graham John, author of Composition Library and Handbell Manager

There have been no books dedicated to the subject of change-ringing on handbells for over three decades. For several years, Simon and Tina's blog has provided us with fascinating insights into the experiences of a progressive handbell band, sharing useful hints and tips along the way. Based upon this experience, they have written this comprehensive and up-to-date guide to ringing handbells from first principles through to Treble Bob Major. It is expertly written and illustrated, explaining everything you need to know to make progress, in easy steps. I am confident it will become a classic.

From a review in The Ringing World, by Bill Croft

Like a thoroughly experienced conductor, perfectly at home with the method and the composition, the authors of this volume guide the reader from the very basics of handbell ringing through to method ringing on eight bells. At every stage the reader
is guided, sign-posted and encouraged, reaching a final ‘Congratulations!’ in the concluding chapter.

Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. History and Background to Change-Ringing
  3. Finding Ringers and Bells
  4. Getting Started: Plain Hunting
  5. Continuing: Plain Bob
  6. Beyond the Plain Course: Bobs and Singles
  7. Ringing a Quarter Peal
  8. Plain Bob Major
  9. Beyond Plain Bob: Other Plain Minor Methods
  10. Other Plain Major Methods
  11. Treble Bob Minor
  12. Treble Bob Major
  13. Double Norwich Court Bob Major
  14. Conclusion

Sample page from the Plain Bob chapter

Errata and Updates

Bibliography

When the book was first published, the bibliography was missing the entry for Change Ringing by Wilfrid G. Wilson. Corrected on 3rd April 2020.

Index of Definitions

When the book was first published, the index of definitions was missing. Corrected on 4th April 2020.

Figures 4.1 and 4.2: Handbell grips

The captions of these figures were the wrong way round. Corrected on 6th April 2020.

Figure 8.8: Two quarter peals of Plain Bob Major based on extents of Plain Bob Minor.

The calling for the second quarter is shown as a 4-part with a single half way and end. It should be a 6-part with bobs at the end of alternate parts:

W M H  23456
------------
- s    62435
s   *  32465
------------
6 part, calling - at *
in parts 2, 4 and 6.

Corrected on 13th April 2020.

Figure 12.8: 1280 Spliced Treble Bob Major (Ilkeston Variation)

Not an error, but this composition might be a little difficult to read. Each line in the table contains a complete Ilkeston course, perhaps with some extra leads of Kent because of bobs. A line with just a bob at Home contains six leads, not one lead. Corrected on 13th April 2020.

Figure 13.8: 1280 Double Norwich Court Bob Major

The composition is false, and should be replaced by

1312 Double Norwich Court Bob Major

I V O H  23456
--------------
  -      63254
- -      35264
s   s    62534
  s      42536
6 s s    65234
s 2   -  23456
--------------
6 = --s--s
For handbells: 5-6 ring the 7-8 pattern
for all except 8 leads.

Corrected on 13th April 2020.

Index of Compositions

The index now includes all the compositions presented in the book, with page references. Updated on 13th April 2020.

Web links for methods and compositions in the Kindle edition

In the Kindle edition, the method diagrams and compositions now include links to Composition LibraryUpdated on 13th April 2020.