Practice · 2012Apr24Tu

Four ringers:  Judy, Ken, Pamela, Thomas.  Rang on 1234 (F-E-D-C).

  • Plain Hunt on Four.  We permuted the ringers around the bells to push them to see the pattern generally, rather than just for their favorite bell, and we spent the entire practice working on it.  Points to note for future continued improvement:
    • You have to work to place your blows accurately, especially with only four bells.
    • When hunting in, you’ll probably need to move up the tail;  then back down the tail to the rounds position to ring the second blow at rounds speed;  then further down to hold up for hunting-out speed.
    • It works much better to think a stroke ahead (that doesn’t mean it comes naturally, just that it works much better):  before slowing down, it’s essential to pull the preceding stroke with extra oomph (because you can’t push a rope up), and before speeding up, pull the preceding stroke with less oomph so you don’t have to check heavily.
    • You can’t ring accurately by just counting your place in the compass (though you do need to count your place).  You have to combine counting with either looking at the ringer you are following, or expert listening.  Looking has the additional advantage that it helps the ringers around you.
    • Learn to look in the coursing order, which for Plain Hunt on Four is 2-4-3-1.  You don’t have to be thinking “thirds over the treble, seconds over the 2, …” but it is really helpful to look at the treble, look at the 2, … , and the visual pattern is quite simple.
  • Rang down in peal.

After practice the ringers adjourned to a pub.

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