Group name - Hull Handbell Change Ringers

Plain Minor Methods

The Minor Methods on this site have been chosen to enable a progressive increase of handbell skills.

  Plain Minor - An Overview

Positioning

The transition from ringing Plain Bob Minor to ringing Treble Bob and Surprise methods is quite a jump to achieve all in one step. These plain methods create interest for their own sake and also enable early practise at ringing some of the structures encountered in Treble Bob, Delight and Surprise methods.

Crucially, these methods introduce the aspiring handbell ringer to the vital skills of following the position of the treble, and associating with that position the work of the method.

The relative simplicity of the methods enable them to be captured as a "rule" for ringing the method, these rules become the building blocks of harder methods.

"Variety is the spice of life". These methods are enjoyable to ring in their own right, and present their own challenges mainly because of the fluid nature of the path of the treble. Several methods are described:

The groups of methods gradually increase in structural complexity.

Plain Bob Group

College Group

Court Places Group

Stepping Stones

The progress from the Plain Bob Group through the College Group and into Court Places Group gives increasing emphasis on the handbell ringer's ability to track the treble whilst increasing the range of Place Notation elelments which have been mastered.

The stepping stones are there as additional help towards ringing Treble Bob Methods.


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Learning

Learning Techniques

Plain Bob Group

Methods incorporate Plain Hunting and Plain Bob Dodging, but memorised by the method rules.

College Group

Methods incorporate Plain Hunting and Plain Bob Dodging, but memorised by the method rules.

Court Places Group

Methods rules are integrated with structure (court places) in relation to the position of the treble.

Stepping Stones

Methods incorporate Plain Hunting and Plain Bob Dodging, but memorised by the (fairly simple) method rules.


Ringing

Ringing Techniques

Plain Bob Group

Increasing use of the treble as a guide to the (fairly simple) work.

College Group

Key skills: Dodging in 1-2, identifying thirds place.

Court Places Group

Using the movement of the treble to define the method structure to define the work of a pair of bells .

Stepping Stones

Using the treble in a manner similar to the slow bell in Kent and Oxford Treble Bob.