Practice · 2012Sep05We

Five ringers:  Anne, Jody, Judy, Marguerite, Thomas.  We raised 12345.  We continued the unspoken focus on even striking that has been our theme for a month or so.  Tonight saw a lot of good striking.

  • Call changes, called up.  We went through the same sequence of changes several times, standing and talking through what had gone wrong, why, and how to fix it next time.  As well as working on call changes, we were also working on good striking.  The striking improved as we went along.
    1. (rounds)  12345
    2. “2 to 3”  13245
    3. “4 to 5”  13254
    4. “2 to 5”  13524  (“Queens“)

    We talked about several useful facts for Call Changes called up:

    • The numbers in the call are bell numbers, not place numbers.
    • The bells named in the call exchange places.
    • The first-named bell moves out toward the back, one place.
    • The second-named bell moves in toward the front, one place.
    • The first-named bell has it easy:  it will be following the second-named bell.
    • The second-named bell has to have kept up with who was two ahead;  that’s the bell it will follow after the call.
    • If you’re following a bell named in the call, afterwards you’ll be following the other bell named in the call.

    Marguerite suggested someone call out the sequence after each call (she was given this honor).  It seemed to help, though in the future it would help more if it were called out after everyone had moved to their new place.

    The band had some collisions and clustering after some of the calls, but was almost always able to sort themselves out, spread out, and even up again.

  • Plain Hunt on Four with tenor behind.  Anne tenored and the four senior ringers hunted.  Every so often we stood and rotated the senior ringers to a different bell, so that everyone rang each of 1234.  Marguerite and then Judy called go and stop.

    We talked about several useful facts for Plain Hunt:

    • Each working bell follows all the bells to its left, then all the bells to its right, and so forth (or all the bells on the right, then all on the left).  This holds for any number of bells.
    • If you have a muscle-sense of pulling at rounds speed, hunting-out speed, and hunting-in speed, you can put yourself in roughly the right spot by feel regardless of what everyone else is doing.  This will also make it easier to spot which bell you should follow, since you’ll be looking at roughly the right time.
    • You follow the other bells in coursing order (evens up then odds down), leaving your own bell out.  For Plain Hunt on Four, the coursing order is 2-4-3-1, so that the 4 rings over 3 in rounds, then 1 2 3 1 2 3, interspersing two blows in leads when it’s time;  the 3 rings over 2 in rounds, then 4 1 2 4 1;  the 2 rings over 1 in rounds, then 4 3 1 4 3 1;  and the 1 rings over 2 4 3 2 4 3.
  • Rang down in grand cacophony.