New ringers class · 2012Feb29We

Fourteenth class for new ringer Carroll.  Carroll’s individual strokes continue to be good, with her backstroke very good.  An old injury may be getting in the way of combining both strokes.  The instructor is consulting experts on the best course to take.  Meanwhile, think about following through on both strokes, even when distracted.  Remember that the tail of the rope stays in the crook of a ringer’s left hand apparently by magic;  give it no thought, instead concentrating on the things that do need attention.

Ninth class for new ringer Nancy.  She succeeded in combining both strokes.  Areas to improve next time:

  • Move the hands in a vertical line except at the bottom of each stroke;  don’t throw out either on the way down or on the way up.
  • Make the occasionally excellent backstroke follow-through excellent every time.
  • Work over the next several classes on getting the handstroke follow-through with the left hand alone as snappy as the backstroke follow-through with both hands.

Next class for Carroll and Nancy is Mo 4 Mar, with the following class tentatively moved from We to Th 7 Mar next week only.  Next class for Barbara and Eoin is hoped to be in about two weeks.

New ringers class · 2012Feb27Mo

Thirteenth class for new ringer Carroll.  Carroll continues to be very close to pulling both strokes together.  The summary of last class could almost be repeated for today’s class.  Her backstroke continues to be excellent and her handstroke, already good, is now quite good.  However, when she combines them neither stroke stays quite good enough for sustained ringing without assistance.  Things to think about:

  • Keep the right hand above the left (heel of right hand on base of left thumb);  don’t let it slide down so the fingers of the right hand wrap around the knuckles of the left.
  • Follow through all the way down, particularly after the handstroke.
  • Keep the line of the hands vertical all the way down until the wrist flick.

Eighth class for new ringer Nancy.  Nancy has improved both individual strokes, and is striving for both strokes together.  Although neither her backstroke nor her handstroke are as solid as Carroll’s, she is almost able to sustain both strokes together.  Things to think about:

  • Long straight pull.
  • Follow through, especially on the handstroke, all the way down and flick the wrists.  Make the wrist flick propel the rope straight down;  at the bottom of the backstroke, push with your right thumb.
  • Keep the right hand on the left as you release the sally and throughout the follow-through.  Until that becomes habit, think of landing the right hand atop the left at the bottom of the stroke.
  • Keep the line of the hands vertical all the way down until the wrist flick.
  • Let the rope (or sally) lift your hands, especially at the top of the backstroke;  remember to turn the bell.

It may be advantageous next class to concentrate only backstroke alone and handstroke alone, to polish them and firm up good habits.

Next class for Carroll and Nancy is We 29 Feb.  Next class for Barbara and Eoin is also hoped to be We 29 Feb.

Service ringing · 2012Feb26Su

Seven ringers:  Anne, Jim, Jody, Judy, Marguerite, Rob, Thomas.  We rang the melodious six 123468 (F-E-D-C-A-F), then added the 7 when the last ringer arrived 1234678 (F-E-D-C-A-G-F), then the melodious six.

No class today for Barbara and Eoin due to illness.

Where are the circuit breakers?

Circuit breaker in bell chamber

We have not been able to locate the circuit breakers for the tower.  The oral history opinion was that they are in the bell chamber, but that turns out not to be the case;  the breaker box there (photo at right) is only for the solenoids that drove the automated hammers.

Since this breaker is marked as 60 amps, and is off, it appears we have plenty of current available if needed for example for a second halogen work light in the bell chamber.  But the question of where the tower’s breakers are remains unanswered.

Extra Practice · 2012Feb23Th

Three ringers:  Anne, Judy, Thomas.  It’s amazing how much three ringers can accomplish, in terms of improving skills and striking.

  • Anne raised and lowered the 1, 2, and 4.
  • Rounds, aiming for good striking.  We strove to ring as if a fourth imaginary bell was tenoring behind.
  • We rang “long places“, two ringers exchanging places every four blows.  Today all changes were made at a handstroke;  making changes at backstroke is equally useful.  We exchanged from rounds (1-2-3) to 1-3-2 and back;  then pulled off in 1-3-2 and exchanged to 1-2-3 and back.