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Little Bob Minor

About Little Bob Minor

Little Bob Minor is closely akin to Plain Bob, the difference being that the path of the treble is curtailed at 4ths place. It is an enjoyable method to ring, but for inclusion in a 720 it needs to be spliced with an Alliance class of method in order to include the rows where the treble is in 5ths and 6ths places. We have not yet dealt with such methods on this website.

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Little Bob Minor is a subset of Plain Bob, but the 4ths place made by the treble introduces an extra pair of dodges in 5-6.

Method Structure.

Place Notation:
X 16 X 14, 12, Bob 14, Single 1234.


Little Bob Minor by change rows and a picture

Diagram: 105.02.00 Little Bob Minor, plain lead, change-rows and grid.

Plain Course structure
The Plain Course contains 40 changes which are also found in Plain Bob. The method is quite fluid, and compared with Plain Bob is more busy as the treble's half lead creates numerous changes in hunting structure.


Learning Little Bob Minor.

The Structure

Structurally, the method has bite sized chunks of Plain Hunting, rapid fire dodges at the back (always dodge - lie - dodge), and plain hunting under the treble. But it is best to attempt to ring Little Bob as a rules extension of Plain Bob.

The Rules

Little Bob: The rules
Ring plain hunting except:
When treble reaches 4ths place, it makes 4ths and the bells in 5-6 dodge.
When treble leads, 2nds place is made and the bells in 3-4 and 5-6 dodge.

Double Blue Lines

Double Blue Lines

Little Bob Minor, 1-2

Little Bob on 1-2

Diagram: 105.02.01 Little Bob Minor, 1-2.


Little Bob Minor, 3-4

Little Bob on 3-4

Diagram: 105.02.02 Little Bob Minor, 3-4.


Little Bob Minor, 5-6

Little Bob on 5-6

Diagram: 105.02.03 Little Bob Minor, 5-6.

Place Notation


The only new blue line feature worth noting is the (mandatory) dodge - lie - dodge.

Place Notation and Grid

Place Notation is not relevant to learning very simply structured plain methods. The grid is not relevant to learning very simply structured plain methods.


Pictels are not relevant to learning very simply structured plain methods.


Ringing Little Bob Minor.

Track the treble

Awareness of the position of the treble is a key skill for most bellringing methods, and a significant help in ringing Little Bob Minor. Some hints and tips for developing the skill are given in the techniques section.

In Little Bob Minor the half leads seem to come thick and fast, and when it's not the half lead it's the lead end!.

Positional Awareness

The 4ths place half lead with the consequential dodge in 5-6 forces a handbell ringer to be more aware of 5ths and 6ths than when ringing plain bob.

Place Notation Elements

The method only contains 4 elements (X, 12, 16, 14), all of which will already have been rung.

Place Bells, Pivot Leads, and Staging posts

These concepts are not relevant to ringing Little Bob Minor.

Awareness of other bells

The busy nature of Little Bob gives little time for the novice to think about other bells.

Coursing Order in Little Bob Minor

Like Plain Bob, Little Bob is pure natural coursing order.

Ringing the Method

Little Bob Minor gives valuable practice at watching the treble, and leads to an enhanced awareness of combined hunting 1-2-3-4 and dodging in 5-6.


Bobs and Singles.

Bobs and Singles in Little Bob are identical to Bobs and Singles in Plain Bob.


Touches of Little Bob Minor

Touches of Little Bob are also rung in a similar manner to Plain Bob, but the extent on 6 (720 changes) cannot be rung in Little Bob as the method does not include any rows where the treble is in 5ths or 6th place. Little Bob can be rung as part of an extent but only be “splicing” it in with a method where the treble plain hunts between 1st and 4th places and then dodges both ways in 5-6. Such methods are not included in this site.

4ths place bell is the pivot bell, and hence the first lead end is 164523 giving calling positions from the tenor as:
Before, Wrong, In, 4ths, Home.

Short touches of Little Bob Minor (short being less than 60 changes) are readily available.

Touch: 16 Little Bob Minor

Two consecutive bobs takes you back to rounds.

Touch: 32 Little Bob Minor

The calling pattern for this short tuch is Bob, Single, Bob, Single.

Touch: 80 Little Bob Minor

This is the classical two-course calling brought from Plain Bob Minor, extendable to 240, see 4 below, and 480, see 5 below.

Touch: 240 Little Bob Minor
Touch: 480 Little Bob Minor
Touch: 600 Spliced Plain and Little Bob Minor