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Conducting is a fascinating, demanding, and ultimately fulfilling extension to the role of a ringer, both on towerbells and handbells.

The skill of transposing coursing orders and checking that bells are correct can be practised silently and unknown to the rest of the band whilst you are ringing and someone else is calling.

If you are not yet a conductor, please work through the information on calling touches of Plain Bob Minor. Then call some touches and come back here when you have done so.

This page is the briefest of introductions to the art and science of conducting.


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Understanding

Understanding a Composition

To understand compositions from a handbells perspective, you need to write them out by the changes of coursing order at the calls. Then you need to analyse the coursing order for its impact on the pairs.


Choosing

Choosing a Composition

If there is one critical factor for choosing a composition then it needs to influence the choice accordingly. If you have a blend of factors, the choice may well come down to the conductor's personal preferences.

If there is one critical factor for choosing a composition then it needs to influence the choice accordingly. If you have a blend of factors, the choice may well come down to the conductor's personal preferences.


Learning

Learning a composition

Simple compositions will be easy to memorise, but not necessarily easy to call.
A basic 720 of Plain Minor is BSBSWBH x 2. Tenor is the observation bell, 5th is a secondary observation bell, it alternately makes 4ths at a bob, thirds at a single.

The most commonly used composition is Bob: WHW x 6, SH half way and end.
This can be learned as always call a bob when 6 is dodging in 5-6 unless it is dodging with 5. Single Home in the Plain Course and repeat.


Calling

Calling

A conductor needs to be sufficiently familiar with the method that he or she has enough spare mental energy to think about the next call.

Make the calls when the treble is in 2nds place at backstroke.


Checking

Checking for correctness

The only practical way of checking for correctness is to transpose the coursing orders at each call, and watch to see that the bells are following the coursing order. This is hard enough in Plain Bob until you have the skill of transposition and the necessary short-term memory skill. In harder methods it is still possible but becomes more mentally demanding as the methods get harder.


Correcting

Correcting mistakes

The first rule is to ring your own pair without making mistakes, or more realistically, with enough experience to be able to recover from ones own mistakes. If you avoid trips and gaps other ringers can concentrate and the ringing will be less trippy as a consequence.

The most common problem to dela with on handbells is a transposition of 3-4. If the bells are coursing then they need to come down to lead (in Plain Bob) in the correct order. If the pair is not coursing, do double check them against the coursing order before aaying anaything.