Not content with bringing the world the virtual #bellringing platform Ringing Room which has been an absolute saviour for many when we were unable to ring real bells, one half of the developer team, Bryn, has now given us the first few chapters of a new “book” entitled Calling it Round, a guide to learning when, how and what to call touches of simple methods. Best of all it’s free and available at https://callingitround.cccbr.org.uk/
Calling and conducting is something that I don’t get to practice too often. Generally, there are only one or two people who call touches in our tower, or even for a plain course it tends to be the same person. And I have to say, men! I’m not hyper feminist, but why can’t the calling be shared out more? Why can’t some of us women do it? The research in https://www.womeninringing.info/ demonstrates the gender imbalances in #bellringing that need to be addressed. I have called touches, and even a few quarter peals of Plain Bob Doubles. I have called a touch of Grandsire Doubles once, with someone standing behind me, nudging me when to shout “Bob”. I have called Bob Courses of Grandsire Caters or Cinques but only from the treble because it’s easy to see when the treble is in thirds on the way to the front.
I can call “Go” and “Stop” for things, but don’t get the opportunity, so have built in some hesitancy about knowing when to say “That’s all”, especially for Surprise methods as I’m never sure when to say it during the dodge. I cannot conduct though. I don’t know what the coursing orders should be, I can’t see what other bells are doing, I only just have a handle on what my bell is doing.
I have tried to read other books on calling and conducting but as they are all text, I find them hard to follow and the tone and language can sometimes be hard to relate to.
I say “book” but this new variation is available on line only and not intended to be released in print, although there are some calls for that. The great thing of it being available on line is that there are interactive elements. After distilling some theory in an interesting and easy manner, your understanding is then tested by some multiple choice questions, videos to watch with questions afterwards and exercises to complete.
This new resource takes it right back to the basics of even how to say “Go”, “That’s all” and “Stand”. When the calls should be made but also how to say it, speaking clearly and how voice pitch has an impact on the effectiveness of the call.
Subsequent chapters look at simple touches, learning how to call a quarter peal, conducting by way of checking the ringing, coursing orders and lots of other resources to help with understanding compositions.
The final sections on choosing the touch whether for practice night or Sunday service ringing, placing bands, giving guidance and handbell conducting give supplemental skills that every Tower Captain, aspiring Tower Captain, or person asked to call a piece a ringing should read and take note of.
I have made it known, on several occasions, about my desire to call more touches and of different methods, but also just to say “Go” and “That’s all” for plain courses. This seems to have fallen on deaf ears over the years.
With this easy to use “book” I will work through the exercises to increase my understanding, knowledge and confidence at calling. I may never reach the dizzy heights of becoming a Conductor, but at least I’ll be able to say “Go”, “That’s all” and “Stand”. I will continue to push to be given more chances to put it into practice.
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Keep pushing. I’m in the same position and will probably never be a conductor either. But it would be nice to be given the opportunity to call something sometimes
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