Learn to ring handbells

Handbell ringing is easier than you may think. It is fun in its own right and much more mentally stimulating than tower bells. On handbells there obviously isn’t 70ft of rope to worry about and the bells weigh considerably less than the ‘small car’ we regularly seek to control swinging above our heads. The downside is you do have to ring two bells at a time.

These resources are aimed at those learning to ring handbells, and are augmented with pages targeted at those who are teaching. Just follow the blue links to navigate around.


Learning to ring handbells

» Ringing jargon what do they mean?

» An overview getting started

» Practising on your own with a ringing simulator

» Practising online Ringing Room, Ding and Handbell Stadium

» Teaching handbells general thoughts

Foundation Skills - LtRH Level 1

» The correct ringing position

» Ringing with others

» The three positions Plain Hunt Minor

» Rhythm and pace

» Teaching the Foundation Skills

Introduction to Method Ringing - LtRH Level 2

» Plain Bob Minor

» Ringing touches – bobs and singles

» Original Minor

» Ringing your first quarter peal

» Teaching Plain Bob Minor

Extending Plain Methods - LtRH Level 3

» Exploring plain methods

» Calling touches – Plain Bob Minor

Developing Change Ringer - LtRH Level 4

» Introduction to Treble Bob Hunt

» Kent Treble Bob Minor

» Oxford Treble Bob Minor

» Ringing by place notation

» Calling a quarter peal

» Teaching using place notation

Change Ringer - LtRH Level 5

» Introduction to Surprise Minor

» Ringing on higher numbers

» Understanding coursing order

» Writing out methods using place notation

Learning the Ropes Plus (Plus)

One day we might be able to ring like this ...

Thank you

These resources are based on the work of Duncan Loweth and Helen McGregor which formed the basis of the Learning the Ropes Handbells scheme. Thank you Duncan and Helen!

These resources

There are a lot of pages, so if you can't find something use the search facility.


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ART Awards

Every year the ART Awards recognise people and groups who are leading best practice and innovation in the teaching and development of ringing. They are open to everyone, not just ART Members or those using the ‘Learning the Ropes’ scheme.

Why not have a look at some of the previous award winners and consider applying for yourself, your band or a teacher who is doing great things?