Conducting

The Basics of 'Going & Stopping' a Method

Now that you can confidently ring inside to a method you may want to start to learn how to conduct. The easiest way to do this is from a working bell inside the method. Let's start with a simple method like Plain Bob Doubles, if you are on the second you start immediately by leading because you have just made seconds, this is your starting point. In Plain Bob Doubles there are 4 pieces of work to complete (2nds, 3-4 down, long 5ths & 2-4 up) meaning to get through a plain course you should complete all of this work. As the conductor it is your job to go and stop the method. You should start by ringing in rounds and when they have settled down you should shout "Go Plain Bob Doubles!" (or whichever method you are ringing) and then continue with the method in the normal way, if members of the band are going wrong you will need to get back to rounds by shouting "Go Rounds Please!" and then repeating the first stage if you have time. Complete all your work in the normal way and assuming you are on the second you will shout "That's all!" on your backstroke of seconds because you have completed all of your work and are about to start again. Of course you can just not say anything and carry on for another plain course but it generally helps if you shout "Keep going!" or "Go again!" to help people out. When the rounds have settled down again after the method you should shout "Stand!". After reading all of this you may be wondering where you actually shout the various calls. You need to shout the calls when the treble is pulling off the handstroke ready for the method to start the following handstroke. All the information above is pretty much the same for every method, you just need to know where you start because you end in exactly the same place. An alternative is to listen for rounds but it is normally too late to call that's all.

We hope you have found this article useful and as always if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

JM & IJC

Calling the Most Simple Touch of Plain Bob Minor

Calling a touch of Plain Bob Minor can be really simple but it can also confuse a lot of people. We are going to go through the most simple touch of Plain Bob Minor you could possibly call. First you need to know when to put the bobs in. In any of the Plain Bob methods, whether it is Minimus or Maximus, you always call the bob or single when the treble is in seconds place coming down, this will always be at backstroke. The touch I am about to explain is for people who want to call the bobs knowing they can put them in the correct place before moving on to a more complicated touch. For this touch we are going to be ringing the treble, if you are calling any other touches you probably won't be ringing the treble it will most likely be the tenor. Start by calling the method off in the usual way and hunt out to sixth place. Get ready as your first bob is in the first lead. When you are in seconds place at backstroke coming down shout  'bob!'. You will not be affected and should carry on ringing in the usual way. Repeat this process twice meaning that by the end you should have called a total of 3 bobs. You should call 'that's all!' after the last bob - it should be called when you are at the top of your backstroke at lead. This is the most simple touch of Plain Bob Minor to call and the most essential information is listed below:

1. Always call the bob at 2nds place backstroke in Plain Bob - it is always just before you lead.

2. Make sure you shout loud and clear.

3. Try not to worry what the other bells are doing - concentrate on putting the bobs in the right place.

4. Don't be scared to call it into rounds if it goes wrong.

5. Try to have someone stood with you who can already call Plain Bob - this will give you the best possible chance at succeeding.

We hope you have found this article useful and as always if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

JM & IJC

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