Introduction to Change Ringing


Learning to cover

Perhaps the easiest bell to hear in any ring or on the simulator is the tenor. As it stays still in odd bell methods you can practise developing listening skills by ringing the tenor (6th) to a Doubles method such as Grandsire or Plain Bob without needing to worry about changing speed or developing any ropesight.

Covering at Mancroft

This is extraordinary! Neil ringing behind to Grandsire Cinques on the MRDC simulator. Anne ringing behind for the first time ever on 12. Obviously Neil had rung on 12 behind in the past quite a few time. Anne is a Ringing Remembers recruit. Such fun!

Nikki Thomas

Learning to plain hunt

All simulator applications allow you to practise ringing plain hunt and Minimus methods on four bells with two bells covering, and this may also be a useful exercise before attempting Plain Hunt on five bells.

Having mastered the foundation skills, there are a number of simple exercises that can be practised in order to develop the skills needed to plain hunt the treble to methods. Bistow Little Bob Doubles allows the pupil to practise ringing the treble to Plain Hunt on two. It is similar to Kaleidoscope short places and involves the same pulls, but each time they will ring over a different bell, so it starts to introduce ropesight.

Bastow Little Bob Doubles introduces plain hunting on three bells and the pupil can practise ringing this on the treble or the second. If the pupil has not quite mastered the open handstroke lead, it is better to start on the second.

At this stage the applications offer a wide range of methods to practise, and it is more about developing ropesight. The moving ringers feature helps with this, although new ringers will have developed good listening skills and they may rely more on listening than ropesight.

Real ringers vs ringing simulator

It is important that the teaching programme includes a balance of time with real ringers, as well as time on a simulator. Real ringers will not strike as accurately, and although they will nod and wink, they will also go wrong! Nevertheless there are also things that can be done with a simulator that are less convenient to do with real bells.

Shadowing
Is where the pupil’s bell is silent and the pupil shadows the instructor’s movements. Two or three pupils could shadow a single instructor.

Different weights
The pupil can also practise ringing bells of different weights to get used to the different techniques required.

Theory
Coursing order, before and after bells etc. become very easy to see using the moving ringers or the numbers on the screen.

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Introduction to Change Ringing

Competent at plain hunt and covering. Demonstrated by ringing two quarter peals at least one of which is on the treble.

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