Learning the Ropes Advanced Call Changes

The Learning the Ropes Advanced Call Change scheme is a progressive learning scheme for call change ringing, based on the principles of music grades or karate belts.

It has five stages, known as Levels. Each Level develops key skills. When you have completed Level 5, your ringing will be at a standard where you will be able to progress quickly forwards in the exciting and challenging world of call change ringing.

To pass Level 5, you will have rung four Call Change performances recorded on BellBoard. The last performance has to be to call the sequence, Sixty on Thirds.

How does the scheme work?

To enrol on the scheme, buy your Ringers Personal Achievement Logbook which is available from the ART online shop and register on the SmART Ringer website, which will give you access to a large number of handbell learning resources and a full curriculum.

The cost of the logbook is £2.50 and this price includes the issue of electronic certificates of achievement. The logbook will enable you to record your personal ringing achievements and to help you plan your future targets and objectives. Submission for certificates can only be made by an ART ringing teacher.

» Buy your LtR Advanced Call Change Logbook

The Levels

Levels 1 and 2 are identical to those in the Learning the Ropes method ringing pathway. Ringers can progress through both pathways at the same time or concentrate on just one.

Level 1 – Bell Handling

Ensures a new ringer has a strong basic technique. This is important, not only for safety reasons, but in order to facilitate future progress .

Level 2 – Foundation Skills

Builds the core skills that are essential for further progression. Foundation skills should be practised until they are an ‘automatic’ ringing action.

Level 3 – Call Change Ringer

Become competent at ringing and calling simple call change sequences.

Level 4 – Advanced Call Change Ringer

Learn how to ring jump changes and named sequences such as Up the Garden Path. Ring up and down in peal on six or more bells.

Level 5 – Advanced Call Change Conductor

Calling named sequences including Sixty on Thirds and advanced Jump Call Change sequences.

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