“Understanding the difference between changing places and following different bells is key to ringing smooth and enjoyable call changes.”
Bardwell Teaching Centre, Suffolk
Call changes are the building blocks of all change ringing. It’s important that you feel really comfortable with these seemingly simple changes, but it takes time. There is a lot to think about, even for one call, so don’t underestimate how much time and practice you need.
Here are a few things to remember:
At a call, you may have to follow a different bell, but you might not have to ring in a different position. For example:
1 2 3 4 5 6
Call is ‘2 to 3’
1 3 2 4 5 6
At this call, the bells which change places are the 2 and the 3. They are the ones which have to change speed.
The 4 rings in the same position, in 4ths place, but the ringer needs to follow a different bell. In this case, it will be the 2, but it doesn’t have to change speed.
Understanding the difference between changing places and following different bells is key to ringing smooth and enjoyable call changes.
Here are some ways you can do this:
There is so much to call changes and they are so rewarding.It’s really worth putting in the effort to get them spot on.