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The Yorkshire Surprise Major Project

Project Description

Primary Objective:
To conduct a handbell peal of Yorkshire Surprise Major for the B&D with a local band.


Project Diary
November 2019

31st October - 30th November, 2019

Learning points:

No progress in the period owing to health distractions.


Project Diary
October 2019

1st October - 31st October, 2019

Learning points:

Quality of Learning

  • At the point of ringing you have to know the method structure well enough for it to be used without hesitation

  • The required structural elements need to have been practised beforehand

  • This includes the ability accurately to "see" where a bell is striking within the change

  • Practise sessions at least 2 per week are needed to prevent regression

Content of Learning

  • Knowledge of the method needs both context and details

  • Double Place bells

  • Double lines

  • Internal places related to treble position


Project Diary
September 2019

1st September - 30th September, 2019

Real bells session leading to the first quarter peal.

Continued practise sessions on 3-4, plus consolidation of 1-2, 7-8.

There is a generic versus specific factor in the learning process emerging from the practise sessions.

The specific learning of individual leads for each pair of bells is fine, and quite effective, but slow, tedious, and limited.

The generic learning requires assimilation of the necessary extra skills including the accurate tracking of the method structure in relation to the treble position. It also requires the ability to track position in the changes very accurately.

NB. It is well understood that once a ringer is proficcient in a method, to "reliable ringer" level, a blend of method ringing techniques will be in use. The above dilemma only relates to getting to the level of ringing plain courses without wasting the time of other ringers.


Project Diary
August 2019

1st August - 31st August, 2019

Real bells session leading to several plain courses and a 2 course touch.


Project Diary
July 2019

1st July - 31st July, 2019

Good practise sessions on 3-4, plus consolidation of 1-2, 7-8.


Project Diary
June 2019

1st June - 30th June, 2019

Distractions reduced the ringing of 1-2 and 7-8 to 14.


Project Diary
May 2019

1st May - 31st May, 2019

Ringing of 1-2 and 7-8 has been consolidated.


Project Diary
April 2019

1st April - 30th April, 2019

Ringing 1-2 has been consolidated.
Exercises in tracking the treble performed using 3-4 and 5-6 to Oxford Treble Bob Major.
Several courses of Yorkshire Surprise on 7-8 have been rung.
Courses on 3-4 and 5-6 have proved elusive. Enthusiasm has been generated.


Project Diary
March 2019

1st March - 31st March, 2019

Several courses on 1-2 rung very well.
Exercises in tracking the treble performed using 3-4 and 5-6 to Oxford Treble Bob Major.
A first course of Yorkshire Surprise on 7-8 has proved elusive.
Some learning points with regard to method progressions have been noted.


Project Diary
February 2019

1st February - 28th February, 2019

Discovery of the Bill Jackson articles from 2007, and adoption of improved learning techniques.
18th February: First ever course of Surprise Major for Peter, albeit on Abel!
8 further courses rung during the month.


Project Diary
January 2019

1st January - 31st January, 2019

Ringing 1-2 to last 2 leads of the Plain Course. The coursing order structure of Yorkshire is quite clear, the internal place structure is hard to assimilate, possibly because it's 8 bells which is a step up from 6.

16 shots at Yorkshire.
10 courses of TB Major on 3-4 or 5-6 for treble watching practice.


Project Diary
December 2018

1st July - 31st December, 2018

No significant achievements in the period, little activity.


Project Diary
June 2018

1st June - 30th June, 2018

Friday 2nd June, Mental exercise of associating grid and Place Notation with Treble.

Saturday 3rd June, Thought I had cracked it, but no, fiasco.

Sunday 4th June Then the kitchen renovation happened and bellringing took a back seat. What did we do: gave Kent TB Minor a good thrashing. Rang quite a bit of Kent Major. Failed to get a grip of Yorkshire Place notation, but realised the clue was to treat treble and 2 to half lead, 5 and treble to the lead end as a thick treble, this makes the structure make sense.


Project Diary
May 2018

22nd May 2018 - 31st May, 2018

Monday 21st May, made public statement about the project.

Tuesday 22nd May 2018, Drafted Project Objectives and project approach.
Benchmarked Kent TB8, all pairs 2h 30mins, quality 9.6 or 9.7.
Ability to follow treble: weak.
Lost it 75% of the time. Just use 5-6, slow down & concentrate.

Wednesday 23rd May Documentation (dropbox) set up.
Inch-pebble 1: Track Treble in Kent TB Major at realistic speed, 2h 30, possibly 2h 20, all pairs.
Inch-pebble 2: Memorise 1-2
Followed Treble OK in Kent TB Major on 5-6, at 3 hours speed. ?, 3-4 2h 55, 7-8 2h 50

Thursday 24th May Some mental exercise on associating the place notation with position of Treble.
Followed Treble OK in Kent TB Major on 5-6, at 2h 55, 3-4 2h 50, 7-8 2h 45
Actively listened to treble to PC of Yorkshire, add places next time.

Friday 25th May Some mental exercise on associating the place notation with position of Treble.
Followed Treble OK in Kent TB Major on 5-6, at 2h 50, 3-4 2h 45, 7-8 2h 40
Actively listened to treble to PC of Yorkshire, tried to add places, couldnít do it. Donít know the places well enough in relation to treble.
Long break across the bank holiday.

Wednesday 30th May Followed Treble OK in Kent TB Major on 5-6, at 2h 45, 3-4 2h 40, 7-8 2h 35

Thursday 31st May Followed Treble OK in Kent TB Major on all pairs, at 2h 35. Should now be able to assimilate this just on 5-6 at this speed.

Thursday 31st May Followed Treble OK in Kent TB Major on all pairs, at 2h 35. Should now be able to assimilate this just on 5-6 at this speed.

Project Diary May 2018 - Summary

Achieved

  • Objectives defined

  • Improved ability to follow the treble in TB Major

  • 21 courses of Kent TB Major, 2 YS Major (listening exercise)

Failures

  • Unable to follow Place Notation

  • Incomplete understanding of skills required


Project objectives

Primary Objective, Version 1, 23rd May 2018

Ring a peal of Yorkshire Surprise Major.

Secondary Objectives

  • Observe the learning process

  • Create Documentation and guidelines

  • Capture any pitfalls