The Correct Ringing Position
Demonstration of correct handling
When not ringing
- Lie the bell down on their side, not mouth down, to protect the spring.
- Don’t clash the bells together – they go out of tune.
- Inter-lock handles with a 90° turn.
- Rivets up or down – consistency to preserve handles.
- Posture, feet flat, back straight.
- Resting knuckles on knees after the down stroke.
- Don't rest the bell on your leg as this kills the hum of the bell.
Make sure on
the up stroke that the clapper finishes at rest on the lower lip of the bell
(the side of the bell closest to you) – this avoids double clappering on the
next down stroke.
There must be
no movement in the leather handle, a
firm grip on the handle and then no flex in the leather either on up stroke or
- Flick of the wrist – not a town crier.
- Open handstrokes at the lead.
- Count the sounds of the bells and anticipate your place.