New ringers class · 2013Jun15Sa

Bobbie · Bobbie is working to finish the class and begin ringing with the band.  In order to do this she must:

  1. Raise more reliably.
  2. Learn to lower;  bur first this she must be reliably picking up the tail after releasing the sally, and able to crawl up and down the rope with both hands or left hand alone without looking.
  3. Set her bell ten times in a row.

Today Bobbie muffled the 4 successfully (it stayed muffled for the entire 90 minutes) and worked on:

  • Raising.  She raised the 4 three times.
  • Smooth, vertical  ringing motion.
  • Setting.

Bobbie was thinking through a lot of things today which interfered with her ringing, but all in all made good progress.  We set up times for some intensive work over the next couple of weeks and I expect she’ll finish the class shortly, possibly before the last of the sessions we put on the calendar.

New learner Jorge · First class.  He did very well.  We worked for three hours, including talking.

  • Up to see the bells, and remove the muffle since it was after noon.
  • Safety.
  • Handring exercise.
  • Pulling off;  rope stretching, bell off the stay, bell crossing the balance;  look to – treble’s going – she’s gone.
  • Backstroke only.  He got this going while picking up only one bad habit (left hand angled at the top of the stroke) and worked through it to a large extent.  Like nearly all learners he was too tense, gripped the rope too tightly, and overpulled, but improved markedly on all the points.
  • Handstroke only.  Good progress, no bad habits picked up.  Like most learners he did not follow through adequately after the release.  He can do it, as we learned when we tried the instructor’s-hand-chopping reminder, but struggles to make it happen unless forced (by the chopping hand).

We’ll set up the next sessions once he checks his calendar.