Loose rope class · 2013May29We

Three ringers:  Carroll (second time), Judy, and Thomas (instructing).  The three of us muffled the treble, lifted the other ropes and half-sheepshanked them in the intermediate chamber, and safed the ringing chamber with tarps and by moving everything out of the corner by the treble.

Carroll helped by talking Judy through each task and by observing what Judy was doing while Thomas was managing the rope and spotting her.  Carroll was also able to relate this training to her annual safety certification training as a flight attendant;  there were notable parallels.

As in the first class (2013May25Sa) we divided the work into four stages:

  1. Approaching the ringer and getting permission to help (“Do You Need Help?”).
  2. Reaching in and helping on specific strokes (“I’m Helping with This Stroke”), being sure not to inadvertently cue the ringer to give you the rope.
  3. Taking the rope from a ringer in serious trouble (“Give Me the Rope!”).
  4. Getting a loose rope back under control.

As in the first class, each stage (except the fourth) had both interaction skills (looking into the ringer’s eyes, speaking concisely and clearly) and rope skills (reaching in, vertical pulls with clean release at the bottom, taking a definite grip of the rope and taking control of it, and moving in and corralling a loose rope).  By the end of the class we were taking ropes cleanly from each other at about every other stroke, and dropping the rope on one stroke, picking it up on the next or second-next stroke, then after a few firm strokes to get the bell under control taking the rope cleanly and starting again on the next stroke.  As a result the students took the rope dozens of times and corralled the loose rope dozens of times too.

We put everything back in order after the class was over.