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Group a

2nds Place Minor Methods
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Introduction

A learner should initially gain confidence on making calls by choosing a composition that can be called without using an observation bell. These compositions are written down and memorised as simple sequences of Bobs, Singles and Plain Leads. (NB. 5 Plain Leads = 1 Plain Course, but we don't normally call that a touch!).

Touches are often rung using the tenor bell as a reference point (a.k.a. an observation bell). It is perfectly ok to make calls that affect the tenor, but very often the tenor is unaffected. The calling positions are known by their impact on the tenor viz:

Tenor - Observation Bell Positions and Work

Symbol Descriptor No Call Bob Single
W Wrong 5-6 Up 5-6 Up 5-6 Up
F Fourths 3-4 Up 4ths 4ths
B Before 2nds Up Run Out 2nds
I In 3-4 Down Run In 3rds
H Home 5-6 Down 5-6 Down 5-6 Down

When writing down touches in shorthand it is conventional to use a dash to mean bob and S to mean single, and generally course end change rows are given. In the touches below we have added the related coursing order as well, and the specific purpose touches are spelled out in more detail.

For clarity we have elected to use "Bob" rather than the more conventional "-", and "Single" rather than "S".

We have followed the normal convention of "3" meaning 3 bobs all at the same calling position, and, for example, "BSB" expands to "Bob, Single, Bob" again all in the same position.

Our purpose on this website is to help people "get going on handbells", not to be a rigorous nor exhaustive exposition of the finer arts. So the descriptions and annotations of the touches are aimed at ringing Plain Bob Minor on 2 handbells, nothing more. To that end, the following list of touches has proved invaluable for the Hull Handbells Project.


List of touches

For "xx Plain Bob Minor" read "xx Group a Plain Minor".


Short Touches of Plain Bob Minor

1: 36 Plain Bob Minor

36 Plain Bob Minor - three bobs in a row

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Bob Bob Bob 23456 53246 36

Abel Composition Code

W 4 H


This is the shortest possible touch, three consecutive bobs, 5 makes the first, tenor makes the second, and 4 makes the last bob.

Variation: Call single instead of each of the first two bobs, see touch #2.

Notes for handbells:
1-2: Never leave coursing position.
3-4: Bobs only, 3 rings plain hunting throughout, 4 makes 4ths at the last call
3-4: Singles included, 3 makes seconds or thirds and runs in or out as necessary thereby making 3-4 more instructive
5-6: 5 makes 4ths at the first call (into 4-5 pattern hunting), 6 makes 4ths at the second call, 5-6 are then back coursing.
Composition 2 and 3 are further variations on composition 1.


2: 36 Plain Bob Minor

36 Plain Bob Minor - Single, Single, Bob

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Single Single Bob 23456 53246 36

Abel Composition Code

SW S4 H


Notes for handbells:
1-2: Never leave coursing position.


3: 72 Plain Bob Minor

72 Plain Bob Minor - BBS BBS

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Bob Bob Single 32456 52346 36
Bob Bob Single 23456 53246 36

Total 72

Abel Composition Code

2 ( W 4 SH )


Notes: 1-2 never leave coursing position.


4: 108 Plain Bob Minor

108 Plain Bob Minor - BBP x 3

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Bob Bob 34256 54326 36

Repeat twice Total 3 X 36

Abel Composition Code

3 ( W 4 )


Notes: 5-6 make the 4ths at each of the bobs.
See also touch No 10.


5: 72 Plain Bob Minor

72 Plain Bob Minor - Before and Home

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Bob Bob 23456 53246 72

Abel Composition Code

3 H


Notes: In this simple touch bell No 4 makes both bobs, 5-6 run in and out at the first bob, and 2 and 3 run in and out at the second.


6: 120 Plain Bob Minor

120 Plain Bob Minor - Wrong Home Wrong Home

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Bob Bob 45236 35426 60
Bob Bob 23456 53246 60

Total 120

Abel Composition Code

2 ( W H )


Notes A bob is called every time the tenor dodges in 5-6.


7: 120 Plain Bob Minor

120 Plain Bob Minor - 2 Singles Home

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Single 24356 54236 60
Single 23456 53246 60

Total 120

Abel Composition Code

SH SH


Notes Only the ringer of 3-4 is affected.


8: 120 Plain Bob Minor

120 Plain Bob Minor - 2 singles Wrong

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Single 53426 23546 60
Single 23456 53246 60

Total 120

Abel Composition Code

SW SW


Notes Only bells numbered 2 and 5 are affected.


Specifics

Specific Purpose Touches of Plain Bob Minor

9: 204 Plain Bob Minor

204 Plain Bob Minor, Bobs work for 1-2

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Bob Bob 34256 54326 36
2 Bob 42356 52436 84
2 Bob 23456 53246 84

Total 204

Abel Composition Code

W 4 2 ( 3 3 H )


6th Call 23456 53246 2nd
Wrong Bob 23564 32546 Run In
4ths Bob 23645 54326 Run In
Home 34256 3-4 Down

4ths 45362 5-6 Down
Wrong 56423 5-6 Up
Before Bob 56234 52436 Make Bob
Before Bob 56342 53246 5-6 Down
Before 64523 5-6 Up
In 42635 3-4 Up
Home Bob 42356 52436 Run out

Wrong 25463 Make 2nds
4ths 56234 3-4 Down
Before Bob 56342 53246 5-6 Down
Before Bob 56423 54326 5-6 Up
Before 62534 3-4 Up
In 23645 Make 2nds
Home Bob 23456 53246 Run In

This above touch is designed to ensure that No 2 runs in, runs out and makes the bob at least once each.


10: 120 Plain Bob Minor

120 Plain Bob Minor, Singles work for 1-2

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Single Single 34256 54326 36
Single Single 23456 53246 84

Total 120

Abel Composition Code

SW S4 S2 S3


6th Call 23456 53246 2nd
Wrong Single 32564 23546 Make 3rds
4ths Single 23645 54326 Make 2nds
Home 34256 3-4 Down

Wrong 45362 5-6 Down
4ths 56423 5-6 Up
Before Single 65234 24356 4ths at S
In Single 56342 53246 5-6 Down
Before 64523 5-6 Up
In 42635 3-4 Up
Home 23456 2nds

The 120 above is designed to ensure that No 2 makes 2nds, 3rds and 4ths at the call of a single.


Longer

Longer Touches of Plain Bob Minor

Touches 11 through to 15 build on and combine touches nos. 4 and 6 to give a variety of practice lengths and pair patterns, especially helpful for the aspiring conductor on 5-6.


11: 216 Plain Bob Minor

216 Plain Bob Minor, SBP BBP BBP Repeated

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Single Bob 24356 54236 36
Bob Bob 43256 53426 36
Bob Bob 32456 52346 36

2 Part Total 2 x 108

Abel Composition Code

2 (SW 4 W 4 W 4 )



12: 192 Plain Bob Minor

192 Plain Bob Minor, BBP BBP WHW

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Bob Bob 34256 54326 36
Bob Bob 42356 52436 36
Bob Bob 35426 25346 36
Bob 23456 53246 36

Repeat Total 2 x 108

Abel Composition Code

W 4 W 4 W H W



13: 384 Plain Bob Minor

384 Plain Bob Minor, SBP BBP WHW - Repeated

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Single Bob 24356 54236 36
Bob Bob 43256 53426 36
Bob Bob 25436 35246 60
Bob 32456 52346 60

Repeat Total 2 x 192

Abel Composition Code

2 ( SW 4 W 4 W H W )



14: 276 Plain Bob Minor

276 Plain Bob Minor, BBP WHW WHW

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Bob Bob 34256 54326 36
Bob Bob 25346 45236 60
Bob 42356 52436 60
Bob Bob 35426 25346 60
Bob 23456 53246 60

Total 276

Abel Composition Code

W 4 2 ( W H W )



15: 552 Plain Bob Minor

552 Plain Bob Minor, SBP WHW WHW Repeated

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Single Bob 24356 54236 36
Bob Bob 35246 45326 60
Bob 43256 53426 60
Bob Bob 25436 35246 60
Bob 32456 52346 60

Repeat Total 2 x 276

Abel Composition Code

2 { SW 4 2 ( W H W ) }



16: 240 Plain Bob Minor

240 Plain Bob Minor - BSBS Wrong

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Bob 52436 32546 60
Single 32456 52346 60
Bob 53426 23546 60
Single 23456 53246 60

Total 240

Abel Composition Code

2 ( W SW )


Note: Bell no 5 makes 4ths at each bob, and 3rds at each single.


17: 720 Plain Bob Minor

720 Plain Bob Minor - BSBSW BH x2

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Bob 52436 32546 60
Single 32456 52346 60
Bob 53426 23546 60
Single Bob 42356 52436 60

Repeat twice Total 3 X 240

Abel Composition Code

3 { 2 ( W SW ) H }


Hints and tips

This popular 720 has almost the minimum number of calls, and one bell unaffected by the calls at Wrong in each part, viz:
Part 1: 532 affected by calls, 4, unaffected by calls, dodges 5-6 down with Tenor
Part 2: 524 affected by calls, 3, unaffected by calls, dodges 5-6 down with Tenor
Part 3: 543 affected by calls, 2, unaffected by calls, dodges 5-6 down with Tenor

Some pitfalls for the ringer of 3-4 to avoid:
1st part: After the first bob and single, 3-4 are coursing, 3 down before 4.
2nd part: The halfway point is at the end of the course, coursing order 54236, and at the home, the change is 124356.
Bob Wrong Single Wrong completes the block and brings back coursing order 52436 until the part end.
3rd part: In this last part, 3-4 are coursing throughout. In the first and last course of the last part, the order is 4 down before 3; in the 2nd and 3rd courses, the order is 3 down before 4.
So for the last 5 courses of the extent, 3-4 are coursing, 2 courses 4 down first, 2 courses 3 down first, and 1 last course, 4 down first.

And one pitfall for the conductor to avoid:
The first bob Wrong of a part comes immediately after the last bob Home of the previous part.

Are you short of mental capacity to transpose coursing orders whilst ringing and calling at handbell speeds? - You bet!
So, just learn the coursing orders, viz:
At Wrong: B 325, S 523, B 235, S 532 plain course, Home B 524 part end;
At Wrong: B 245, S 542 half way, B 425, S 524, Home B 543 part end;
At Wrong: B 435, S 534, B 345, S 543, Home B 532 720 end.


18: 540 Plain Bob Minor


540 Plain Bob Minor - BSBS Shortened

Call composition 17 above omitting any one block of 4 calls (BSBS) at Wrong.


19: 360 Plain Bob Minor

360 Plain Bob Minor - WHW x 3

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Bob Bob 45236 35426 60
Bob 34256 54326 60

Repeat twice Total 3 X 120

Abel Composition Code

3 ( W H W )


In this touch a bob is called every time the tenor dodges in 5-6 except when it dodges with 5.


20: 720 Plain Bob Minor

720 Plain Bob Minor - WHW x 6 Single halfway and end

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Bob Bob 45236 35426 60
Bob 34256 54326 60
Bob Bob 52436 45236 60
Bob 42356 52436 60
Bob Bob 35426 25346 60
Bob Single 24356 54236 60

Repeat Total 2 X 360

Abel Composition Code

2 { 3 ( W H W ) SH}


Variations

The traditional calling, above, has the single at the end of each part. The singles can be called in various places, but must be called in the same place in each part. The simple variations are:
Call a single instead of the bob wrong in either the 1st, or the 3rd, or the 5th course.
Call a single at home in either the 2nd, or the 4th, or the 6th course.


21: 720 Plain Bob Minor

120 to 720 Plain Bob Minor -
WHW with "multiple double singles" variations

Touch 6 (as above) is the basis

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Bob Bob 45236 35426 60
Bob Bob 23456 53246 60

Total 120

Abel Composition Code

2 ( W H )


Becomes touch 19 (360) by omission of the final Bob Home, and repetition

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Bob Bob 45236 35426 60
Bob 34256 54326 60

Repeat twice Total 3 X 120

Abel Composition Code

3 ( W H W )


Becomes a 720 by inclusion of pairs of singles viz

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Bob Single 52346 42536 60
Single Bob 45236 35426 60
Bob Single 32456 52346 60
Single 34256 54326 60

Repeat twice Total 3 X 240

Abel Composition Code

3 (W S2 S2 H W SH SH)


Variations

The 720 contains 6 pairs of singles. Any pair of singles can be omitted, each omission progressively shortens the touch by 60 changes.

540 - maximum tenors coursing

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Bob Bob 45236 35426 60
Bob Single 32456 52346 60
Single 34256 54326 60

Repeat twice Total 3 X 180

Abel Composition Code

3 (W H W SH SH)



22: 240 Plain Bob Minor

240 Plain Bob Minor

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Single 53426 23546 60
Bob 25436 35246 60
Single 35426 25346 60
Bob 23456 53246 60

Total 240

Abel Composition Code

2 ( SW W )



23: 360 Plain Bob Minor

360 Plain Bob Minor

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Single 53426 23546 60
Bob 25436 35246 60
Single 35426 25346 60
Bob Bob 42356 52436 60
Bob 34256 54326 60
Bob 23456 53246 60

Total 360

Abel Composition Code

2 ( SW W ) H H H



24: 480 Plain Bob Minor

480 Plain Bob Minor

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Single 53426 23546 60
Bob 25436 35246 60
Single 35426 25346 60
Bob Single 24356 54236 60

Repeat Total 2 x 240

Abel Composition Code

2 { 2 ( SW W ) SH}



25: 720 Plain Bob Minor

720 Plain Bob Minor

Wrong 4ths Before In Home 23456 53246 Changes

Single 53426 23546 60
Bob 25436 35246 60
Single 35426 25346 60
Bob Bob 42356 52436 60
Single 43256 53426 60
Bob 24356 54236 60

Repeat Total 2 x 360

Abel Composition Code

2 { 2 ( SW W ) H SH H }



26: 540 Plain Bob Minor


540 Plain Bob Minor - SBSB Shortened

Call composition 25 above omitting any one block of 4 calls (SBSB) at Wrong.



Warning


Caveat

At first sight touches 17 and 23 are very similar each having a round block of 4 calls at wrong.

This is deceptive.

Touch 16 contains a repeated structure with 5-6 ringing two courses coursing, and 2 courses parted.
Touch 22 has 5-6 coursing for 1 course and parted for 3.
The extensions to 720 are then fundamentally different with touch 16 becoming a 3 part calling at touch 17, and touch 22 requiring 2 extra courses including a single to produce a 2 part 720.

The temptation to confuse the two approaches and call either BSBS Wrong BSB Home or SBSBW BH should be avoided as both of the touches are false.