Teaching handbells to children

We have made several experiments at teaching basic handbells to children, with really good results.  Much of what we have learned applies to adults as well.

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This morning we made a presentation about handbell ringing to our primary school, with the aim of getting some students interested in a handbell ringing club.  It was very brief, a short introduction to what this was (ringing by patterns) and wasn’t (tunes).


We got the headteacher to ring...Read more

Hmmm.  We have been asked by the headteacher at our Primary School if we can run an after school club to teach the children handbell ringing.  Now, we’ve always had it in mind to invite some of Thomas’ friends to try ringing once we figured out a good way to...Read more

Having learned our lesson about warming up before starting a lengthy piece of handbell ringing, we were rewarded with a successful quarter peal:

Scottish Association
1 Albany Quadrant
Wednesday 19 October 2011
1260 Plain Bob Minor
1-2   Tina R Stoecklin
3-4   Simon...Read more

Yesterday we had a Thomas-only session where we thoroughly rehearsed Plain Bob Minor lead by lead, one lead at a time.  It might be a bit of a cheat, but I rather think the key to learning ringing is to grab hold of any crutch to help you get a...Read more


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