As ringers progress through the higher Learning the Ropes Levels, simulator sessions should still be used to consolidate foundation skills – bell handling, ropesight and listening. Remember:
Two ringers came for daytime sessions – they were both poor strikers. They hunted and covered and we analysed their ringing, playing it back so that they could hear what being late or early looked like on the speed chart, and sounded like, at the same time. We looked at patterns. One of them was always too soon at backstroke; the other always rushed the handstroke leads. Talking about what caused it, how to change, clearing up misconceptions (e.g. about speeding up to lead when you are already at hunting down speed) and practically, by ringing a single bell, balancing it at each backstroke, getting the tail end in the right place etc, all helped. They have both since been in winning or highly-placed bands, in guild striking competitions.
Moving on to ringing a method inside a number of new challenges present themselves:
Practising at home on a laptop or in the tower with a silenced bell ensures open practice is used most effectively.
Ringing and calling touches of a doubles or minor method. Demonstrated by ringing a quarter peal inside. Raising and lowering a bell in peal.
Download these handy guides showing how to set up your simulator for each of the learning exercises on these LtR web pages.
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