Early Practice / Practice · 2013Feb27We

This was Lynn’s first practice ringing with the band.

Early Practice · Three ringers:  Lynn, Nancy, Thomas.

  • Lynn raised several bells and worked on setting and ringing motion.
  • Rounds on Three with Lynn in the middle.
  • Counting the compass.  Nancy worked on counting while ringing, with “1” synchronized with the treble’s sound.

We discussed when the bell sounds in relation to the ringer’s motion:

  1. Easiest to distinguish:  The backstroke sounds when the ringer catches the sally.  This occurs because the catch slows the bell but not the clapper, so the clapper catches up with the bell’s leading side and strikes it.
  2. The handstroke sounds when the ringer’s hands have taken up all the slack from the bight of the rope.  The ringer can feel this happen.  Visually, it occurs roughly when the ringer’s hands pass his/her chin, though it will vary a bit depending on the ringer’s motion.

A self-aware ringer can make fine adjustment of exactly when the bell sounds by catching a bit sooner or later (at the same height on the sally, but lower or higher from the floor), or to a lesser extent by raising his/her hands at the beginning of the backstroke less or further.  Only a small adjustment is possible, but it has the great advantage of taking effect immediately, in contrast to everything else a ringer does to affect the striking which is completed about a half-second before the striking occurs.  Thomas demonstrated.

Practice · Five ringers:  Judy, Lynn, Marguerite, Nancy, Thomas.  We raised the front six (123456) in expectation of up to seven ringers, but were disappointed.

  • Rounds on Four (3456), then on Five (23456, then 12345), standing and rotating from time to time but leaving Lynn on the 4.
  • Counting the compass.  Judy worked on counting aloud while leading.
  • Call changes on four bells.  Lynn observed.
  • Ringing down in peal (3456), then ringing down the 1 and 2 individually.