Handbells

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Handbell bands often find some styles of composition considerably easier to ring well in hand than others. Typically these keep one or more of the inside pairs limited to a small number of different relationships between the two bells, most commonly emphasizing coursing. This section collects together several such compositions, for a variety of methods and stages.

Note that all the quarters in this section also appear in the appropriate places in the sections devoted to quarters at various stages. They are collected together here, too, for the convenience of handbell bands looking for such compositions.

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1,344 Kent Treble Bob Maximus by Donald F Morrison
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1,344 Kent Treble Bob Maximus by Donald F Morrison
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1,344 Kent Treble Bob Maximus by Donald F Morrison
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1,344 Kent Treble Bob Maximus by Donald F Morrison
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1,344 Bristol Surprise Major

 42536   I
(42536)  6
Start and end at the treble’s
backstroke snap.
Sixth place calls.
6 = s - - s - -.

Contains 18 each 56s and 8765s off the front, 6 each 8765s and 5678s off the front, and back rounds, with no 82s or 83s.
Especially suitable for handbells: 5-6 always coursing; 3-4 course for four courses and ring the 3-4 course the other two, never ringing any of the 5-6 course.

1,344 Bristol Surprise Major

Mark B Davies
23456   H  M  I  B  5  W
64352   2        -     -
65324   -  2           2
43526         -  -  2  2
23456         -     -  -

for handbells

1,408 Bristol Surprise Major

Donald F Morrison
(42536)  I   V   W
 34526           x
(42536)  3*  4   x
Start and end at the treble’s
backstroke snap.
- = 16;
s = 1678;
x = 14.
3* = s - s;
4 = s - s -.

For handbells: 5-6 always coursing, and 3-4 always coursing except the first thirty and last two rows, when they ring the 3-4 lead.

See also:
1,280 Kent Treble Bob Major by Michael F Schulte

1,280 Cornwall Surprise Major

Roger Bailey
23456  H  I  V
65324     -  -
52364     -
64235  3
54632        -
23456     -  -

especially suitable for handbells

1,280 Lincolnshire Surprise Major

J Eric Brosius and Hayden Charles (arr)
23456   B  M  W  H
43652      -
43526   -        -
26354   2
65324         2
23456      -  -   

Contains 22 combination rollups, 8 56s, 2 65s, 24 four bell runs at the back, and 13 four bell runs at the front, with Tittums. 3-4 course except when in the plain course. The reversal of this composition also has this property.

See:
1,250 Kent Treble Bob Major by Donald F Morrison
1,280 Kent Treble Bob Major by Michael F Schulte
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1,344 Superlative Surprise Major

Donald F Morrison (no. 2328)
(25364) M  W 
 35462  -
 25463  s  ss
two part
snap start and finish

especially suitable for handbells (3-4 and 5-6 course throughout)

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1,344 Yorkshire Surprise Major

(32456)  M  W  H
 34256         s
 54236      s
 32456   3  s  s
(32456)  ss     
snap start and finish

especially suitable for handbells (3-4 course throughout) also true to Rutland, Uxbridge, and any other methods with falseness from BEGHILMRTabcdefXYZ whose place notations start x38

1,280 Yorkshire Surprise Major

J Eric Brosius
23456   B  M  W
54632      -  -
24536      2
65324   3
23456      -  -

especially suitable for handbells (3-4 course throughout except for the first three and last three leads) also true to Pudsey and all BCDFGJKNOabcdefXYZ

1,312 Kent Treble Bob Major

23456  M  B  W  H
35264     -
34625  2  3  2
23456     -     2

for handbells also true to Oxford Treble Bob, Norwich Surprise, Bristol Surprise, and Belfast Surprise

1,312 Kent Treble Bob Major

Roger Bailey
23456  M  B  W  H
42356           1
25463     -
34562  1        1
63542        1
23645     -  1
23456     -     1

for handbells: 3-4 coursing throughout after the first lead also true to Oxford Treble Bob, Norwich Surprise, Bristol Surprise, and Belfast Surprise

1,312 Kent Treble Bob Major

Mark B Davies
23456   H  M  B  W
25463   1     -
56423      1  -
46325      1
23645   1        1
34256         -
23456   1         

for handbells

1,250 Kent Treble Bob Major

Donald F Morrison (no. 2313)
(23465)  B  W  H
 25364   -  1  1
 24356   4     2
round in two blows
start with 56 lying still:
  12345678
  21345687
  12436578
  21435687
  24153867
  ...

especially suitable for handbells also true to Oxford Treble Bob and Norwich Surprise

1,280 Kent Treble Bob Major

Michael F Schulte
23456  M  W  H
42356        1
56423  2  1
34625  1     1
23645     1
23456  2  2  1

for handbells: 3-4 course for all but three leads also true to Oxford Treble Bob, Norwich Surprise, and Bristol Surprise

See:
1,250 Kent Treble Bob Major by Donald F Morrison
1,280 Kent Treble Bob Major by Michael F Schulte

1,264 Double Bob Major

Andrew G Craddock
23456   B  M  W  H
42356            -
25463   -          |
64523         s  s |A
34526      s  3    |
34265   -        - |
23456      A      

For Handbells.

Rung on handbells at Chandler`s Ford on 11 February 2015.

1,296 Double Norwich Court Bob Major

Michael F Schulte
23456  I  V  H
42635        -
45263  5     3
23456     5  -
5 = - - s - -

for handbells, 5-6 coursing after the first course

1,280 Plain Bob Major

J Eric Brosius
23456  W  V  F  M  H
62453  -  -  s     s
24563     -  s  -
42563  -  -  s  -  -
25643     -  s  -   
four part

for handbells: 1-2 course throughout

1,264 Plain Bob Major

Mark B Davies
23456  W  B  M  H
42356           -
34625  -     -
25463  4  2  4
23456  -     -  2
4 = - s - s

for handbells

1,264 Plain Bob Major

Mark B Davies
23456  W  V  F  B  M  H
35462           -  4*
24536     s  -
65324  4  -  -
36452  -           -
26453              s
23456  s  -  -        -
4* = - - s -
4 = s - s -

for handbells

1,264 Plain Bob Major

Donald F Morrison (no. 2314)
23456   W  B  M  H
42356            -
25463      1  4
43526   s     s  -
23645   3*    2*
23456      1     -

2* = - s
3* = - s -
4  = - s - s
 

for handbells: 3-4 course throughout after the first (plain) course

1,264 Plain Bob Major

Michael F Schulte
23456   W  B  M
42635   -     -
35264   5  2  5
23456   -     -
5 = - - s - -

for handbells

1,264 Plain Bob Major

Michael F Schulte
23456  W  B  M  H
43652        -
52364     2
34652  5     -  s
54236  s     3*
23456  s        -
5 = s - - s -
3* = s - -

for handbells: 3-4 course after the first six leads

1,344 Spliced Treble Bob Major (2 methods)

23456   O3  H
56423   4   1
two part

Kent and Oxford, Ilkeston variation especially suitable for handbells, 5-6 course for all except the first and last three leads.

See:
1,280 Kent Treble Bob Royal by Donald F Morrison
See:
1,280 Kent Treble Bob Royal by Donald F Morrison
See:
1,280 Kent Treble Bob Royal by Donald F Morrison
1,280 Kent Treble Bob Royal by Donald F Morrison

1,440 Kent Treble Bob Royal

Roger Bailey
23456  M  W  H
42356        1
25463  2  2
64352  1  1
23456  1     1

for handbells: 3-4 always coursing between middle and wrong
also true to Oxford Treble Bob, Clyde Surprise, and Lockington Surprise

1,440 Kent Treble Bob Royal

Roger Bailey
23456  W  H
43526  2  1
53246  2  1
23456  2  1

for handbells: plain course plus two courses with 3-4 coursing
also true to Oxford Treble Bob, Clyde Surprise, and Lockington Surprise

1,400 Kent Treble Bob Royal

Roger Bailey
23456  W  H
24536  1  2
53246  1  1
23456  2  1

for handbells: plain course plus two courses with 3-4 coursing
also true to Oxford Treble Bob, Clyde Surprise, and Lockington Surprise

1,280 Kent Treble Bob Royal

Donald F Morrison
23456  W  H
54326  2  5
Repeat.
s = 123456.
5 = s - - s -.

Rotated to start with one bob Home
is especially suitable for handbells:
23456  W  H
42356     1
32546  2  4
Repeat.
s = 123456.
4 = s - - s.
 

In the rotation 3-4 are always coursing between Middle and Wrong.
Also true to Oxford Treble Bob and Norwich Surprise.

1,280 Kent Treble Bob Royal

Donald F Morrison (no. 2341)
23456   W  H
54326   2  5
two part
5 = s - - s -
s = 1478

Also true to Oxford Treble Bob, Clyde Surprise, Lockington Surprise and Norwich Surprise.

See:
1,280 Kent Treble Bob Royal by Donald F Morrison
1,280 Kent Treble Bob Royal by Donald F Morrison

1,260 Plain Bob Royal

Mark B Davies
23456  W  M  H
43625  s  -
63542  s  -
23546     s
43526  s
52436  -     -
34256  s     s
23456        -

for handbells

1,288 Spliced Plain Royal (2 methods)

Donald F Morrison (no. 2347)
23456   W  M  H
63425   s  s
23465   s     6
two part
all courses called PPGPP

Plain Bob and Gainsborough Little Bob
especially suitable for handbells, the fixed pairs each ringing only a single pattern throughout and both members of both inside pairs always hunting at the Gainsborough half-lead

See:
1,296 Kent Treble Bob Maximus by Donald F Morrison
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1,296 Kent Treble Bob Maximus by Donald F Morrison
See:
1,296 Kent Treble Bob Maximus by Donald F Morrison
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1,296 Kent Treble Bob Maximus by Donald F Morrison

1,296 Kent Treble Bob Maximus

Donald F Morrison
23456  B  W  H
25346  x  1  1
23456     1  2
x = 10.

Some bands or conductors may prefer
to rotate it to start with 2 Homes:
23456  B  W  H
34256        2
35426  x  1  1
23456     1   
x = 10.
 

Also true to Oxford Treble Bob, Avon Delight, Belfast Surprise, Norwich Surprise and Orion Surprise.
The rotation is especially suitable for handbells, 3-4 always coursing between Middle and Wrong.

1,344 Kent Treble Bob Maximus

Donald F Morrison
23456  I  W  H
42356        1
53246     2  2
23456  x     1
- = 14;
x = 10.

Especially suitable for handbells: between Middle and Wrong 3-4 are always coursing.
Also true to Oxford Treble Bob, Avon Delight, Belfast Surprise and Orion Surprise.

1,296 Kent Treble Bob Maximus

Donald F Morrison (no. 2358)
  234567890ET
x 426357890ET
- 642357890ET
x 265437890ET
x 523647890ET
- 352647890ET
- 235647890ET
x 524367890ET
- 452367890ET
- 245367890ET
three part
- = 14
x = 16

especially suitable for handbells, the back three pairs only ringing the first lead of the course

See:
1,296 Kent Treble Bob Maximus by Donald F Morrison

1,296 Spliced Plain Maximus (2 methods)

Donald F Morrison (no. 2360)
23456   W  M  H 
43256         3*
63245   s  s
43265   s     4
53246   s  s
23456   s     3*
3* = s - -
4 = s - s -
all courses called PPGPP

Plain Bob and Gainsborough Little Bob
especially suitable for handbells, the fixed pairs each ringing only a single pattern throughout, both members of both inside pairs always hunting at the Gainsborough half-lead, and 3-4 coursing after the first two courses

1,344 Kent Treble Bob Fourteen

Donald F Morrison (no. 2362)
  234567890ETAB
x 426357890ETAB
x 645237890ETAB
x 563427890ETAB
x 352647890ETAB
- 235647890ETAB
x 524367890ETAB
- 452367890ETAB
- 245367890ETAB
three part
- = 14
x = 16

especially suitable for handbells, the back four pairs only ringing the first lead of the course

1,364 Spliced Plain Fourteen (2 methods)

Donald F Morrison (no. 2363)
23456   W  M  H 
43256         3*
63245   s  s
43265   s     3
53246   s  s
23456   s     3*
3* = s - -
all courses called PPGPP

Plain Bob and Gainsborough Little Bob
especially suitable for handbells, the fixed pairs each ringing only a single pattern throughout and both members of both inside pairs always hunting at the Gainsborough half-lead

1,344 Kent Treble Bob Sixteen

Donald F Morrison (no. 2365)
  234567890ETABCD
- 423567890ETABCD
x 346257890ETABCD
- 634257890ETABCD
- 463257890ETABCD
x 345627890ETABCD
x 532467890ETABCD
- 253467890ETABCD
three part
- = 14
x = 16

especially suitable for handbells, the back five pairs only ringing the first lead of the course

1,260 Spliced Plain Sixteen (2 methods)

Donald F Morrison (no. 2366)
23456   W  M  H 
43256         3*
53246   s  3
23456   s     3*
3* = s - -
all courses called PPGPP

Plain Bob and Gainsborough Little Bob.
Especially suitable for handbells, the fixed pairs each ringing only a single pattern throughout, both members of both inside pairs always hunting at the Gainsborough half-lead, and 3-4 coursing after the first two courses.
Gainsborough Little Bob Sixteen: x1x1x6,2.

1,296 (1,260) Spliced Plain Sixteen (2 methods)

Michael F Schulte
23456  W  M  H
42635  -  -
56423  4  -  -*
45263  -  3*
23456  -  -  s
4 = s - - s
3* = - - s
all courses called PPGPP

Gainsborough Little Bob, Plain Bob for handbells
for 1296 Spliced Little Bob and Plain Bob call every course PLP, call s for -*, and repeat
Gainsborough Little Bob Sixteen: x1x1x6,2.

1,312 Spliced Plain Sixteen (2 methods)

Michael F Schulte
23456  W  M  H
43652     -
54632  -  3
36452  s     s
26453     s
23456  2* -  2
all courses called PPGPP

Gainsborough Little Bob, Plain Bob for handbells
Gainsborough Little Bob Sixteen: x1x1x6,2.