New ringers class · 2013Feb21Th

Carroll and Nancy worked on their ringing on their own during the class.

Lynn · Lynn is very nearly ready to graduate.

  • She set the bell nine times in a row.
  • She raised the 6 and another bell.
  • She lowered the 6 capably.

We talked about the handstroke pause and its effect on everyone’s ringing.  Using six bells as an example, the handstroke-to-backstroke time is 6 beats but the backstroke-to-handstroke time is 7 beats.

  1. The bell needs to rise higher at the handstroke than at the backstroke to make this happen.
  2. The ringer needs to pull the handstroke gently to make sure the backstroke doesn’t rise so high that the ringer can’t bring it back in time.
  3. The ringer needs to pull the backstroke with enough oomph that the handstroke rises high enough to last the extra beat.
  4. Consequently, the ringer is pulling the two strokes differently.  If one stroke strikes early or late, the ringer must correct that stroke only so that the other stroke (which may well have been correctly struck) is not thrown off too.

Since four ringers were present (Carroll, Lynn, Nancy, Thomas) we rang rounds.  This was Lynn’s first time ringing in rounds and she acquitted herself quite creditably.  Lynn will start coming to the Wednesday practices.