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Methods names have three standard parts:-

a) Personal Name: such as Plain Bob, Grandsire, Cambridge or Yorkshire.
b) Class: describes the method & puts it in a category of methods that work in similar ways. Methods in the simplest category such as Plain Bob or Grandsire, omit this second name and use a simple two-part name.
c) Stage: indicates the number of bells:

BellsStage NameBellsStage Name

The method name put together looks like: Cambridge Surprise Royal

Learning methods for the first time can be rather confusing – especially if others are trying to explain it using complicated jargon such as fish tails, snaps or even three headed cats! Here is a brief summary of what each of those squiggles mean: pieces of work.

If you wish to practice/learn methods in the comfort of your own home then simulators can be quite useful: – Bell Ringing Methods.

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Plain Hunt

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Plain Bob

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More Doubles & Minor

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Kent Treble Bob Minor

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Cambridge Surprise

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