Service ringing · 2013Jun02Su

Six ringers:  Anne, Carroll, Jody, Judy, Marguerite, Thomas.  We raised 1234, then 5 when the fifth ringer arrived, then 6 when an unexpected sixth ringer arrived.

  • Rang 1234 up in peal.  See the pointers on ringing up in peal 2013May28Tu.  We did fairly well.  Perhaps the most important advice at this stage is don’t give up if you find yourself out of place — getting back in your place is quite doable if you push yourself to try.
  • Call changes.  Marguerite called some changes, then Jody called some changes.  It’s important to push yourself to do this sort of thing;  it gets easier with practice.  We discussed several issues that arose:
    1. Call at the right moment, namely during the handstroke pause.  If you call at the right moment, there is no need to waste bandwidth by adding “at the next handstroke” because it is obvious;  if you call at the wrong moment, no one will be able to tell when the next handstroke is, whether you say “next handstroke” or not.  It is worth practicing calling at the right time before you try to move on to complicated sequences of calls, so you can call at the right time without having to think about it.
    2. Call clearly, and loudly enough.  It does no good to call if the entire band does not hear you clearly.  Today’s conductors were calling just barely loud enough.
    3. Don’t think so hard about your calling that you can’t place your own strokes in the right spot.  This is particularly important since the conductor is often ringing in leads, and if she rings erratically then the whole band will be thrown off.  If this is happening to you, try calling something simpler!
  • Plain Hunt on Five, then on Four, with tenor behind, as our service touch.  Several of the leads went quite well.  We started on Five but that didn’t go well for a variety of reasons, then dialed our ambitions back to Four which went much better.
  • Rang down in peal.