Bobbie · The 4 was set at back when she arrived, a new and mind-expanding sight for her. We worked on setting, particularly setting at backstroke, and this focus seemed to be empowering and very effective for Bobbie’s ringing all around. We worked with the 4, muffled.
- Pulling off from back. Reach way up, heels off the floor; sink back down onto one’s heels to take up the stretch in the rope (make sure the bell doesn’t swing over the balance); guide the rope down rather than pull it; and be ready to take oomph out during the rise of the next handstroke, to ensure the bell doesn’t bounce off the stay.
- Setting at back. In order to set at back, a ringer must be able to add an appropriate amount of oomph to the preceding handstroke, and to do that the ringer’s hands must be accelerating through the release of the sally. Bobbie was motivated to set at back, and consequently she pushed herself to make the prerequisites happen. The second or third time she set at back she said, marvelling, “That feels really good.”
- Setting at hand and at back. She was able to set her bell at successive strokes quite a few times, that is, pull off at hand and set immediately at back, or pull off at back and set immediately at hand.
- Lowering (and raising). There’s something wrong with the way I teach taking coils, because most of the learners start out doing it very wrong. Bobbie did too. Points for future work: don’t trace a circle with either hand; keep the right hand over the left, never under; bring the right hand down onto the left in a vertical line, to make the coil