All-afternoon new learners class · 2013Mar09Sa

This is the last of the all-afternoon classes in this sequence.

June · Rob worked with June on the 4 from noon to 3pm.  Something seemed to click with her in terms of her understanding about what was going on—not sure if it was seeing the bells or just the extra practice of putting the two strokes together or maybe a combination of both.  Good progress!

  • Up to the belfry since she hadn’t seen the bells in person before;  reviewed with her where/when the stay and slider come into contact and the general mechanics of the bell.  Rob also put a muffle on the bell to give the neighbors a break.
  • Both strokes together.  She would go for several strokes ringing fine, but would usually start to get into trouble from not pulling hard enough (usually on her backstrokes). Sometimes she fixed it on her own, sometimes she needed the instructor to intervene to stabilize the ringing again.
  • She also practiced setting the bell, mostly on handstroke but once or twice on backstroke.

Early Practice / Practice · 2013Mar06We

Early Practice · Lynn raised the front six (123456). Nancy, Rob, and Carroll arrived at various points.

  • Thomas talked Lynn through what happens in Call Changes called up, and showed her the Call Changes practice program.  Lynn inadvertently suggested a good ringing game, in which whoever is in leads calls the changes;  there would have to be an agreed minimum number of changes each leader calls before calling someone else into leads.
  • Rounds on Five.
  • Call Changes on the bells in front of Lynn.

Practice · Seven ringers:  Carroll, Jody, Judy, Lynn, Nancy, Rob, Thomas.  We raised all eight in anticipation of two more ringers (Anne, Jim).

All-afternoon new learners class · 2013Mar02Sa

Bobbie · Excellent progress today.  She worked on backstrokes alone then handstrokes alone to polish up the rough areas in her technique, then started working up to both strokes together.

  • Backstrokes alone.  She has good backstroke technique.
  • Handstrokes alone.  Keep hands together (heel of right hand on thumbnail joint of left thumb) all the time;  follow through.  Catching too soon ⇔ catching too high on the sally;  catching too late ⇔ catching too low on the sally.
  • Both strokes together.  She has the usual problems:  followthroughs go out the window, pickup is too slow, left hand then left thumb grips the tail far too hard.  However by the end of the class all these were under control, and she had learned that if the bell starts to ring down for whatever reason, one backstroke with a good thumb push is enough to bring it back up to the balance.
    • First backstrokes plus an occasional handstrokes.
    • Then backstrokes plus occasionally two handstrokes in a row.
    • Next backstrokes plus occasionally three handstrokes in a row.
    • Then backstrokes plus occasionally several handstrokes in a row;  she was quickly ringing 20 to 30 in a row.  She’s mastered both strokes together.
  • Raising.  She raised the 4, with some help.