Level 2 is aimed at building the core skills that are essential for further progression. Foundation skills should be practiced until they are an ‘automatic’ ringing action.
Bell ringing is all about working as part of a team, so once you can handle your bell you are introduced to ringing with the rest of the band of ringers.
The key skills learnt are the ability to watch and listen to the ringing in order to know when you pull and sound your bell and to be able to vary the pace of your ringing to fit in with the band. This will be done under the guidance of a teacher who will help you to develop the skills.
Level 2 builds on the initial ringing with others exercises in Level 1 to introduce ‘leading’ (where you are the first bell to strike) and activities that develop your ability to change the speed of the bell through exercises known as call changes and more advanced activities including kaleidoscope ringing and Mexican wave.
On open or simulated bells, activities start to build skills in ropesight, bell control and listening. These activities should call changes, dodging and place making practice (using kaleidoscope sequences), Mexican wave, and practice at leading.
Skills such as ringing up and down should be reinforced, whilst a tied bell should continue to be used to develop style and bell control. Any deterioration in bell handling or control should be addressed to maintain good technique.
Further challenge can be provided by progress to Plain Hunt on 3, covering, calling simple call changes and ringing up and down in peal. Listening should be developed with the use of simulators or handbells where possible, or by ringing rounds facing outwards from the circle. Theory for the ringer provides an understanding of the concept of place in a row, practical ringing ‘jargon’ and the order of bells for Queens and Tittums.