If you want to learn about ringing and calling call changes then the online learning portal has a course just on this subject. If you register onto the site, you can start straight-away.
Some call changes have special names e.g. Queens or Whittingtons. They are known across the country, but there are one or two regional variations.
to ring call changes off as many bells as you can, with the proviso that
you need to be able to control the bell to be able to position it in the
right place in the change. This will be the first time that you will have had to change the
position of your bell in the change,
which requires you to ring your bell at three different speeds. This change of speed takes place at one stroke (usually handstroke).
When you are called up you will need to hold up and ring slightly slower than in rounds for one blow:
When you are are called down towards the front, you will need to ring slightly quicker than in rounds for one blow:
When leading and lying ring at the same speed as in rounds. Remember the open handstroke lead – that is the little extra gap at the handstroke lead (equivalent to one blow).
The St Martin's Guild ring a call change sequence (between named musical changes) starting with raising the bells in peal and ending with a lower.
This might well be your first opportunity to speak whilst ringing, which can be a lot harder than it sounds. Tips and exercises are given in the Understanding Call Changes course. Remember to speak loudly, speak clearly and speak at the right time.
You can start by calling the changes from outside the circle when you're not ringing a bell. When you call whilst ringing, ring a bell that doesn't move much and only move one bell one or two places and back again. You'll know you're an expert when other members of the band randomly call changes and you can then call them back to rounds. Some very experienced ringers have difficulty doing that!
Guides to teaching call changes starting with the theory, moving on to the first lesson and ending with call change variations.