Lapping

In a recent posting on handbells, I mentioned lapping, the style where handbells are passed between ringers, in order to ring a method. I linked to a couple of videos, but wanted to make what is hopefully a clearer demonstration of the technique.

The first video shows Plain Hunt Minor. Each time, the bells are rung in order, from left to right. The bells are lifted off the table, rung, then put down again, usually in a different place. As the bells move around between the ringers, you get different rows each time. Try to watch a particular bell; you should be able to see it hunting up to the back and then down to the front, with two blows in the lead and two blows at the back. Or watch a particular ringer and try to see the pattern in what they do; everyone either swaps their bells over or passes on or both to a neighbour.

Here is another method, rung in the same way. Can you work out what the method is? Try to spot what the place notation is, then you can search for it, for instance at https://ringing.org/methods/. See here for a reminder about Place Notation.

Now, I realise that not everyone has access to a set of handbells to practise on during the lockdown, so, after an intensive recruitment process, I got some toys to help us. It's not that clear in the video, but each one is labelled with their number. So there's no excuse not to have a go...

Alternatively, here's another way of getting the musical effect of ringing, while we can't get into our towers. Here one person does all the swapping, as the lapping technique would probably have resulted in too much slopping and consequent loss of tuning.

Many thanks to Sarah and John for helping with these videos, and especially to John for the video editing. You might also be amused to see our earlier attempts with the toys...