Group name - Hull Handbell Change Ringers

Plain Minor Methods


  Plain Minor - Double Bob

Double Bob Minor

About Double Bob Minor

Double Bob Minor is a close relative of Plain Bob and Reverse Bob. The method is essentially plain hunting with interruptions, but those interruptions give much interest, and create learning opportunities.

Double Bob Minor provides a good opportunity to develop the essential skill of following the path of the treble.

Double Bob is mostly plain hunting, like Plain Bob, but in Double Bob, whenever the treble lies behind, the bell underneath it makes a place, and the other pairs of bells dodge. In Double Bob minor, the place is made in 5ths, and the extra dodges are in 1-2 and 3-4. However, for the half-lead rule to be useful the ringer needs to observe the treble approaching the half lead (i.e. reaching 5ths place) as it is the position of the bells in 1-2 and 3-4 on that backstroke which is repeated in the dodge.


Site Sections:

Structure

Method Structure.

Double Bob Minor is Half Lead variation of Plain Bob.

Place Notation:
X 16 X 16 X 56, 12, Bob 14, Single 1234.

Grid:

Double Bob Minor numbers with grid

Diagram: 105.01.00 Double Bob Minor, plain lead, change-rows and grid.

Plain Course structure
Double Bob Minor is a fluid method, strongly akin to Plain Bob


Learning

Learning Double Bob Minor.

The Structure

Whilst keeping one eye on the future need to ring more complex methods, Double Bob Minor is best learned as a rules extension of Plain Bob.

The Rules

Double Bob Minor - the rules
Ring Plain Bob except:
when the treble lies behind 5ths place is made and the bells in 1-2, and also in 3-4 dodge together.


Double Blue Lines
1-2

Double Blue Lines

Double Bob Minor, 1-2

Double Bob Minor on 1-2

Diagram: 105.01.01 Double Bob Minor, 1-2.


3-4

Double Bob Minor, 3-4

Double Bob Minor on 3-4

Diagram: 105.01.02 Double Bob Minor, 3-4.


5-6

Double Bob Minor, 5-6

Double Bob Minor on 5-6

Diagram: 105.01.03 Double Bob Minor, 5-6.


Artefacts
Place Notation
Grid

Artefacts

The only new feature is lie-5ths-lie for 3rds place bell..

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

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


Ringing

Ringing Double Bob Minor.

The rows in Double Bob are identical with those in Plain Bob, so you will recognise the “tune”, however, the 5ths place at the half head jumbles up the order in which the blocks of 6 are rung, and in doing so includes all the work of Plain Bob at the lead ends plus all of the same work, “upside down” at the half leads.

Track the treble

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

Double Bob Minor is a good first exercise in watching the treble. The changes to identify are the handstroke and backstroke of when treble is in 4ths and 5ths. The following pair of rows then contain the dodging and place making. As in Plain Bob at the lead end, the places into which a pair of bells fall, at the backstroke define the hunting pattern which needs then to be adopted.

Positional Awareness

Positional awareness vs Double Bob Minor is as per Plain Bob.

Place Notation Elements

The method only contains 4 elements (X, 12, 16, 56), of which 56 is new.

Place Bells, Pivot Leads, and Staging posts

These concepts are not relevant to ringing Double Bob.

Awareness of other bells

The features of Plain Bob giving rise to awareness of other bells, such as the split lead for a coursing pair, are relevant to Double Bob, but need to be reviewed in the light of the way that the chunks of method are only half of one lead (6 changes) long.

Coursing Order in Double Bob Minor

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

Ringing the Method

Double bob is a progressive method, often it is the first method rung after Plain Bob. Double Bob introduces making 5ths under the treble, which requires crisp striking, especially when associated with a dodge in 1-2.


Calls

Bobs and Singles.

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


Touches

Touches of Double Bob Minor

3rds place bell is the pivot bell, and hence the first lead end is 156342 giving calling positions from the tenor as:
4ths, In, Wrong, Before, Home.

Short touches of Double Bob Minor (short being less than 60 changes) are not readily available.

Touch: 60 Double Bob Minor

The touch of 60 Double Bob shown above gives good practice at bobs.
This course, with a bob at every lead end, is equivalent to ringing a plain course of the irregular method named London Delight Bob Minor.


Touch: 96 Double Bob Minor

The observation bell, tenor, makes the bob each time.


Touch: 120 Double Bob Minor

This is the classical two-course calling brought from Plain Bob Minor, extendable to 360, see 9 below, and 720, see 10 and 11 below.


Touch: 120 Double Bob Minor
Touch: 120 Double Bob Minor
Touch: 240 Double Bob Minor

The beauty of this calling for handbells is the repeating structure for 5-6, where 6 is unaffected and 5 alternately makes 4ths at the bob and 3rds at the single. The calling extends to 720.


Touch: 720 Double Bob Minor

The calling No 6 extends to 720 by the simple addition of a bob home, repeated twice.


Touch: 360 Double Bob Minor


Touch: 540 Double Bob Minor
Touch: 720 Double Bob Minor

Constructed from calling No 3 by omission of the bob home when 5 and 6 are dodging together.


Touch: 720 Double Bob Minor

If you have a favourite touch or 720 of Double Bob, we would love to hear from you.