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Plain Minor Methods

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

  Plain Minor - An Overview


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.

"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:

These methods gradually increase in structural complexity and so now it is worth understanding bellringing shorthand for methods. Some examples:

Bellringing, like many mathematical arts, is built on constraints. In ringing, these constraints are the bells that remain in their place ("make" the place) from one row to the next. If then we write down the positions of place-making-bells, we get a shorthand way of defining the method, known as "Place Notation". The relevant place notation is shown against the method names above, and further information can be found in the glossary.

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Method Symmetry

The vast majority of methods are symmetrical about the half lead and hence only half of the place notation needs to be written down. Place Notation for Double Bob Minor is:-16-16-56,12, in full: -16-16-56-16-16-12 and the point of symmetry is the half lead (56).

Method Rules

Most plain methods can be defined (given the preset path of the treble) by a set or rules which determine the work of a bell by the position of the treble. This is a key tool in the method ringing toolbox, and can be developed whilst ringing plain minor methods.

Plain Bob Minor: The rules
"Ring Plain Hunting until the treble leads, when seconds place is made, and the bells in 3-4 and 5-6 dodge".

The rules for the plain methods are shown against each method.