New ringers class · 2012Mar26Mo

Today the students rang the 2, 4, and 6.

Nineteenth class for new ringer Carroll.  She is working on keeping her good form when combining the two strokes.  Her problems making the catch and the pickup accumulate and throw off her backstroke as well.

  • The handstroke is of much less importance than the backstroke (as long as the ringer isn’t overpulling and risking cracking the stay).  If there is trouble, abandon the handstroke and prepare for a good backstroke, then pull a good backstroke.
  • All ten fingers around the tail for the backstroke.  If you catch the sally, all ten fingers around the sally.
  • Flick the left wrist at the bottom of the handstroke to send the rope down to the floor;  keep or get the right hand on the left (heel of right hand on base of left thumb) at the bottom of the handstroke to make a clean, quick, trouble-free pickup.

Everything else that was a problem was of secondary importance compared to these.

For next time:

  1. Strengthen the grip of all ten fingers by gripping a rolled towel as if it were a bell rope or sally, right hand over left, and squeezing.
  2. Practice aligning the left and right hands vertically as though the rope were stiff.
  3. Practice flexing the left wrist sideways, keeping the plane of the palm parallel with the plane of the forearm bones.

Thirteenth class for new ringer Nancy.  In the first part of class she rang the 2 and then the 4, both strokes together, working on good form so that she could free her attention for the upcoming challenges.  She made excellent progress since last time, ringing much more reliably and calmly.  She worked on setting the bells n times in a row (today’s best was 2).  At the end of class she also rang the 6, finding that heavier bells are both less forgiving (in that you have to give long straight pulls to keep them rung up) and more forgiving (in that flubbing one stroke has little effect).

In the latter part of class, Nancy raised the 4 and 6 up to the first coil and then lowered them.  She focused on good form, especially at the bottom of the stroke and the wrist flick, in order to strengthen the right muscles.

For next time:

  1. Practice flexing the left wrist sideways, keeping the plane of the palm parallel with the plane of the forearm bones.
  2. Practice aligning the left and right hands vertically as though the rope were stiff.

Next class for Carroll and Nancy is We 28 Mar, as is the next class for Barbara and Eoin.

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