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.
» 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
» The correct ringing position
» The three positions – Plain Hunt Minor
» Teaching the Foundation Skills
» Ringing touches – bobs and singles
» Ringing your first quarter peal
» Calling touches – Plain Bob Minor
» Introduction to Treble Bob Hunt
» Teaching using place notation
» Introduction to Surprise Minor
» Understanding coursing order
» Writing out methods using place notation
One day we might be able to ring like this ...
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!
There are a lot of pages, so if you can't find something use the search facility.
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?