Rounds & Call Changes
Post Number 1 - September 2019
Questions & Answers
This is our first post on this section about Rounds & Call Changes. Today we will focus on some of the questions we asked when we started our ringing careers
Remember if you have any questions that may not have been answered we will add them to this post once we have received the E-Mail.
Q: How do you know when to pull off?
A:When the treble says "Look Two" you should look at the bell you are following and if possible get your bell to the balance. The treble will say "Treble's going!" and when the treble has gone you should start pulling just after the bell in front. E.g you are bell 3 so you should pull almost immediately after the number 2.
Q: Is it necessary to reach the backstroke balance when I have just pulled off.
A: It depends on how many bells you are ringing on and how heavy they are. If you are ringing on an average 6 (Tenor about 10-14 cwt) it is not really necessary to reach the balance. If you are ringing on anything more 6 you should think about reaching the balance. If ringing on 10 or 12 it would be a good idea to set at the first backstroke while the bigger bells catch up. Equally if you are ringing on a small amount like 4 you need to leave a bigger gap between the bells for it to sound even. The key is to listen.
Q: If the conductor calls 2 to 3 and I am the number 4 does it affect me?
A: Not directly, it only affects which bell you would follow as the order changes from 123456 to 132456.
Q: My bell doesn't seem to strike evenly, how do I rectify?
A: The bell is most likely odd struck meaning you have to ring closer or further away depending on the bell. Again, the key is to listen.
Please send us more questions, we would love to answer them!
IJC & JM
Ringing Steady Rounds
Today we are going to explain how to ring in steady, well struck rounds.
The best place to start is by ringing a bell which is not the treble or tenor. Pick a bell you feel confident with e.g the second. We recommend ringing on 6 before you ring on any larger amount of bells. The treble will start off in the usual way by saying "Look Two" at which point you should bring your bell to the balance and no further. Then as the treble says "Treble's going" start pulling off you bell after the one in front and by the time that "Treble's gone" you should be almost ringing in rounds depending on which bell you are. Keep pulling after the bell that you are following and take time to listen. If you are bell number 2 you will be the second bell to be heard, Make sure that there is an even gap between both the backstroke and handstroke and you will be able to tell when this is achieved when every bell has an even spacing and the rounds sound almost perfect. We recommend you listen to some rounds on YouTube before a method starts so you have an idea of what good rounds sounds like.
We recommend you listen to these videos of good struck rounds:
Please bear in mind that all towers have different speeds of ringing and the videos above may not be the speed to ring perfectly at your tower.
Hopefully this article has been useful to you and please get in touch if we need to make any changes.
JM & IJC