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Treble Bob Methods

  Treble Bob Minor Methods - Introduction

Treble Bob Minor

The work of the treble - Treble Bob Hunting

Treble Bob methods are treble dominated just as they are in Plain methods, however, the treble dodges in each pair of places every time it hunts in each direction. Writing out the movement of the treble amongst the other bells we have:

Treble bob for the treble bell

Diagram: 6t.00 Treble Bob Hunting, change-rows and grid.

Unlike plain hunting, if all the bells followed the path of the treble from their starting positions, each row would be repeated, which defeats the object of change ringing. To avoid repetition, places are made by the other bells as called for in the relevant method.

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T.B. Sub-classes
Pure T.B.

This dodging path for the treble is the basis of the Treble Bob class of methods; it gives rise to three sub-classes of method, pure Treble Bob, Delight, and Surprise.

In pure Treble Bob Methods, 1st and 6th places are made whenever the treble is hunting between the dodging positions. In 3rds place Delight, 3rds place is made when the treble hunts between 4th and 5th places, and in 4ths place Delight, 4ths is made when the treble hunts between 2nds and 3rds. In Surprise methods, the places for 3rds and 4ths place Delight are combined.

Examples (with method-type definitive places highlighted):

Oxford Treble Bob Minor: -34-16-12-16-12-16,16
Woodbine Delight Minor: -34-14-12-16-12-16,16 (4ths place Delight)
Morning Exercise Delight Minor: -34-16-12-36-14-56,16 (3rds place Delight)
Cambridge Surprise Minor: -36-14-12-36-14-56,12

In regular methods, the penultimate place is never made unless the treble is lying behind, hence the places made when the treble is dodging in 3-4 is always -12-.

Kent and Oxford Treble Bob

Kent and Oxford Treble Bob.

Kent TB Minor and Oxford TB Minor are rightly the normal entry point into the world of Treble Dodging Methods. They have a valuable consistency of structure and can be approached by progressive use of Plain Methods such as Bastow Little Bob.

These two methods are identical in structure except when the treble is dodging in 1-2.
Kent T.B. 34-34.16-12-16-12-16,16, Bob 14, Single: 1456
Oxford T.B. -34-16-12-16-12-16,16, Bob 14, Single 1456.

Oxford has the simpler structure with right places places being made, but Kent is often thought easier to ring as it better preserves the natural coursing order of the bells. Follow the links below for details of the methods.

Learning and Ringing Kent and Oxford by method rules.
The methods are eminently suitable for rule based learning and ringing, the structures of Plain Bob being the basis of the method except when the treble is working in 1-2.

The Rules

(K or O) Treble Bob Minor - the rules
The treble rings treble bob hunting.
When the treble dodges in 1-2, (K or O) places are made in 3-4.
When the treble dodges above 1-2, the slow bell (2nds place bell) makes seconds over the lead bell, and the other bells dodge in 3-4 and 5-6, one of them with the treble.
When the slow bell is leading, all of the bells ring plain hunting.

Other TB Treble Bob

Other Treble Bob.

Several Treble Bob Methods can be used to develop skills relevant to harder methods such as Cambridge or London Surprise. High in the list of skills is the ability to see the location of the treble when it is dodging and hunting above 2nds place. The following methods are worth ringing in their own right, and to develop treble tracking skills.

Regular methods have a high success rate owing to their basis in Plain Bob, however, irregular methods have interest, intrigue and occasionally charm. Kirkheaton TB has been included as one example of the oddities of irregular methods.