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  • Reply to: What do I look for in a handbell composition?   10 months 4 weeks ago
    Hayden Charles (not verified)
    I was initially pleased to see that the 'handbell' quarters of Lincolnshire I mentioned in comments a while back, (e.g. M, BH, 2B, 2W, MH) are also true to Turramurra. Then noticed they cut out all the musical bits, the 5678's off the front in the 4th lead of plain course - none at all in the quarters. Need to have 5-6 in the 5-6 position in 4th lead, rather than coursing. Back to drawing board.
  • Reply to: A curious new method   1 year 8 months ago
    ChrisM (not verified)
    We rang the Double Bob variant in the tower last year - would be surprised if it catches on but can see how it might be a useful handbell stepping stone!
  • Reply to: A curious new method   1 year 9 months ago
    Iain (not verified)
    It was much easier to ring than whole pull plain Bob, which was the other thing we tried!
  • Reply to: Handbell Compositions: 5152 Yorkshire Surprise Major (No. 2) by Peter J Sanderson   1 year 11 months ago
    Are you thinking that you want a different set of musical criteria for handbell compositions, or that defining a music scheme would be a way of scoring a composition for handbell-friendliness? I like the way that CompLib shows the percentage of each position for each handbell pair. Maybe this could be used to produce a single handbell-friendliness score, by combining the percentages of coursing for different pairs, or looking at the number of different positions rung by each pair. I think this would need to be different for different numbers of bells. For example, for Surprise Royal we would normally stick with 7-8 being unaffected rather than trying to get them coursing.
  • Reply to: Handbell Compositions: 5152 Yorkshire Surprise Major (No. 2) by Peter J Sanderson   2 years 2 months ago
    Samuel Austin (not verified)
    On Complib, the option is available for someone, or a group of people, to produce a music scheme for handbells. As a collective, can we develop a scheme for submission to Graham John? This is potentially problematic because people will have differing views on what makes a good handbell composition and of course different stages and methods have different requirements. On 8 bells, my own general preferences are: Coursing pairs, 5678s and 6578s, 8765s. Front and back. 5 and 6 coursing the tenors Little bell runs. The above contains a mixture of coursing positions and desirable music. Any thoughts?