Teaching call changes


Call Changes is the skill that most new ringers are taught after learning to ring rounds. It may be thought of as simple but there is more to it than might originally be imagined!

Preparation for teaching

What skills does my ringer need to have or develop before learning to ring call changes?

  • To be able to ring rounds
  • To be able to stay in the correct place
  • To be aware of where his or her bell is striking in the row
  • To be able to hear when the bell is out of place and be able to adjust to get back into the rounds
  • Ability to ring quicker or slower /ability to hold up/check in

Absolute perfection cannot be expected at this stage

What theory does my ringer need to know before learning to ring call changes?

  • Ringing Jargon
  • Treble/Tenor
  • Front/back
  • Lead/lie/cover
  • Up/down –in/out
  • Concept of a row and
  • Concept of place in the row
  • Concept of a whole pull
  • Meaning of check/pull-hold up/check in
  • Understanding of why change of speed is required to change place in the row

What teaching aids could I use to help my ringer understand?

The Teaching Toolboxes produced by ART have a ready-made PowerPoint presentation for you to use with your ringers to introduce these basic concepts in an interesting way. On SmART Ringer you will find Call Change Worksheets for your ringers to use see smartringer.org/ringing in the Learning the Ropes Level 2 resources.

Also find some Call Changes Definitions dominoes and a quiz for you to print out and use. The domino cards can be printed off and cut out and used as a game to reinforce the theory in the ringing room / down the pub or on a course! The quiz comes in two forms, a paper one to print off and fill in and an interactive one for your learners to complete on line. Ringers find these quizzes fun to do. Remember to direct your ringers to SmART Ringer so they can use all the backup materials provided for them.

A white board is a quick and easy way to illustrate the way in which call changes work. A few rows written out and joined together with arrows can illustrate these concepts in a few moments. By joining the bells with lines you are in fact introducing your ringer to the visual representation of the “Blue Line” without having to even mention it by name.

What new information do I need to give my ringer before introducing Call Changes?

Before you undertake the teaching of Call Changes with your ringers you need to decide which method of calling you are going to use. The 3 different calls below all lead to the same change.


Calling up 1 2 3 4 5 6 “3 to 4” 1 2 4 3 5 6
Calling down 1 2 3 4 5 6 “4 to 2” 1 2 4 3 5 6
Calling by place in the rows 1 2 3 4 5 6 “3rds place bell follow 4ths place bell” 1 2 4 3 5 6


Teaching Tip

Whichever method you choose to use it is important that your ringer learns to identify what place in the row their bell is sounding at after every change. As an exercise ask your ringers to say their place number as they strike their bell. This will help reinforce the concept of what place they are ringing in.

Pip Penney

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ART Teaching Toolboxes

If you have attended an ART Training Scheme Module 2 Day Course then the Teaching Toolboxes are available on SmART Ringer (under Module 2 Resources.)

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