Archive: To each their own

Posted By Derek Nance on Sep 23, 2012 | 2 comments


I was watching this video with Bjork being accompanied by a handbell choir and noticed something odd. If you learned handbells in America, you will probably catch what I’m referring to.

Anyone notice it?

If you watch closely, everyone on the table is ringing backwards. Well, at least, backwards to me. I was always taught to ring by flicking my wrist forwards to strike the casting. This whole choir flicks their wrists backwards to start the bell ringing. (Yes, I know it is common technique for bass bell ringers to ring that way, but I haven’t seen the whole choir ring like that before).

This video also caught my eye.

Maybe I was taught differently, but did you notice anything (beside the really talented kid in the front)?

I was taught to ring 4-in-hand with a ringing and a knocking motion, but they are using a flicking and a knocking motion (ok, could not think of a better way to describe it. Any other suggestions?). I tried out that motion, and it seemed harder to me, but that may just be because I’m too use to my style of ringing.

All this got me thinking, how many other variations on ringing are there, and are any of these methods easier then what I think of as standard ringing?