Ringing Concepts

Ten Good Striking Tips

      1. Count the rhythm.
      2. Listen to your bell.
      3. Check for odd struckness.
      4. Maintain constant spaces and speed.
      5. Rely on your ears not your eyes.
      6. Always be self-critical.
      7. Tidy leading.
      8. Only make small adjustments.
      9. Do not believe the ropes.
      10. Practice listening when ringing.

Ten Good Method Tips

      1. Relate the new method to what you already know.
      2. Learn the structure of the method. Write out a complete lead or course change by change.
      3. Learn the method in small bits to start with, then join the bits up.
      4. Familiarise yourself with new types of work.
      5. Learn where you pass the treble and where you work with it.
      6. Learn the place bell order and all the starts.
      7. Learn where you pass your course and after bells and where you work with them.
      8. Learn the Bobs and Singles as part of the method.
      9. Look for signposts, roll ups, familiar changes, back rounds.
      10. Prepare at home and remember:

Proper preparation prevents poor performance
(with thanks to: Suffolk Guild of Ringers)

If you would like more help then the following articles & pages are also useful:

Place Bells

‘Place Bells’ is a concept usually associated with more advanced methods, but it has its uses in many ringing situations. In its simplest form it is a short way of saying, ‘Knowing where every bell starts from rounds’ in any particular method. To illustr...

Coursing Order

It’s not just for conductors! Knowing the coursing order can help everyone. If you (or the ringers around you) are a bit unsure of the method, it helps to know the order in which you would meet other bells, especially at the back or the front. In s...

Bobs & Bob Courses

Bobs A "Bob" is a call made by the conductor while a method is being rung that alters the pattern of work. This effectively changes the method while it is being rung. Although this is typically done to make a method longer, certain combinations of Bobs...