Last time we looked at teaching the basics kaleidoscope works. But there may be times when more advanced sequences may be useful to your band. When might more advanced kaleidoscope ringing be useful for developing skills in my ringers?
Treble bob in 2/3 and places in 4/5
It is possible for a ringer to learn for example: Treble bob hunt, Yorkshire Places, Stedman back work within two places. Cambridge front work could also be learned in this way with one bell ringing the line and the other bell having the more difficult task of fitting in around it.
These exercises familiarise ringers which pieces of ringing which they will meet later on when they move on to ringing methods.
Towers with higher numbers of bells sometimes find themselves in a position where they do not have sufficient advanced ringers to ring methods on the all the bells. Kaleidoscope ringing can provide a useful addition to ringing call changes providing more variety and consequently helping to maintain interest. It can be used with different skills levels, the more advanced ringers ringing sequences which are part of methods or which include dodging. Less able ringers could be put to ring Long Places with four blows in each place.
So start with the sequence might have a “separator”. So for example a sequence can be rung in 1 /2 with the 3 staying in thirds place and the 4 and 5 ringing a different sequence.This has the advantage of stabilising the ringing by keeping the 3 and the 6 in their home places and gives both the ringers of those bells an opportunity to learn to cover. As the ringers skills progress, the sequences can made more complex. For example, the teacher might start with the bells in 2/3 making long places, 4 staying in 4ths place and the bells in 5/6 making short places and move on to bells 1/2 treble bob hunting or ringing Cambridge front work with the bells in 3/4 making places and the bells in 5/6 staying still.
If your band has insufficient capable ringers to ring methods or you wish to build skills in certain ringers you can make up your own sequence to suit your band. Give it a name and ring it for service. Why not name it after your tower or one of your ringers! St Peters Places or Sheila’s Shuffle for example!
The possibilities are endless! Set your imagination free!
Direct your ringers to this SmART Ringer page where they can learn more about Kaleidoscope ringing.