By Paul | September 9, 2010
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Main Show Topic – Back to Basics: Ringing Technique Review
- A Review of Literature
Ringing Handbells - Much of this information can be found in Susan Berry's Book "Healthy Ringing"
"To ring a handbell, the ringer moves it in such a way that the clapper strikes the inside surface of the bell, usually holding it against his or her shoulder, bell-upwards, and then swinging the bell through an elliptical shape to cause the clapper to strike the casting of the bell. The tone of the bell will continue to resonate, decaying naturally until it stops completely, or until the ringer stops the tone by damping the bell with a hand, on the body, or on a padded surface.
Handbell techniques have changed very much over the years. Donald Allured, founding director of Westminster Concert Bell Choir, is credited with fully realizing an American "off the table" style of ringing that includes many non-ringing sound effects including stopped techniques such as plucking the clapper with the bell on the table. He is also credited for promoting precise damping or stopping of the bell sound by touching the bell casting to a soft surface, in the service of more musical results"
- Wikipedia entry
- Do you think about your posture & breathing?
- Basic Grip
- Basic Ring
- what words/imagery can you use to help your ringers ring correctly?
- Basic Damp
What about handchimes?
- What about handchimes?
- Damp – it's more important on chimes
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