Early Practice / Practice · 2012Nov14We

Three ringers for Early Practice:  Anne, Nancy, Thomas.  We raised 12345.

  • Ringing to a count.  With only three ringers, we rang at a five-bell pace leaving silence for two more bells.  I called out a steady repeated “1-2-3-4-5-1-2-3-4-5-6” (with “6” for the handstroke pause), and each ringer was charged with striking as close to the number of their place as possible.  It takes practice but is an extremely useful skill.
  • Rounds and Call Changes.  The call changes moved each ringer into leads and each ringer to the back over each course of ringing.  I kept the count going except when calling a change.  Whoever was in leads was on the spot to get their bell to strike at “1”, and any deviation was obvious.  The bells in 2nds and 3rds were not as obvious when they deviated, but the expectation of striking on the correct beat was still there.  We stood the bells every so often and rotated one to the right, circulating the rightmost ringer around to the back.

Five ringers for Practice:  Anne, Jody, Judy, Nancy, Thomas.  We arranged the ringers to separate the new ringers with senior ringers.

  • Rounds and Call Changes.  Our goal was to get from rounds (12345) to back rounds (54321), which we eventually did, and then back into rounds again, which we didn’t due to a combination of irregular striking, confusion about call changes, and confusion about the transition from following a bell, when both are on the same stroke, to leading off a bell, when the bell in leads is on the opposite stroke from the bell at the back.

    We followed the same sequence of calls, initially very slowly, then gradually more quickly until a call was made at every other pull (every four strokes):

    1. “4 to 5” (12354)
    2. “3 to 5” (12534)
    3. “2 to 5” (15234)
    4. “1 to 5” (51234)  bringing the 5 into leads
    5. “3 to 4” (51243)
    6. “2 to 4” (51423)
    7. “1 to 4” (54123)  bringing the 4 into 2nds
    8. “2 to 3” (54132)
    9. “1 to 3” (54312)  bringing the 3 into 2nds
    10. “1 to 2” (54321)  bringing the 2 into 4ths and the band into Back Rounds

    Throughout the first 10 calls, the only bells that led were the treble and the 5, and with steady ringers on both those bells the band was able to stay coherent.

    The intent was then to return to rounds, though by a different path.  This path would have brought every bell into leads briefly, and was more than we could manage.

    1. “5 to 4” (45321)
    2. “5 to 3” (43521)
    3. “5 to 2” (43251)
    4. “5 to 1” (43215)  bringing the 5 into 5ths
    5. “4 to 3” (34215)
    6. “4 to 2” (32415)
    7. “4 to 1” (32145) bringing the 4 into 4ths
    8. “3 to 2” (23145)
    9. “3 to 1” (21345) bringing the 3 into 3rds
    10. “2 to 1” (12345) bringing the 2 into 2nds and the band into Rounds
  • Rang down approximately in peal.