Basic Training for Bells
By: Venita MacGorman and Erin MacGorman
Handbell 2-3 octaves w/ optional handchimes 2-3 octaves
Levels 1 & 2 * This collection introduces the essential skills needed for ringing handbells and handchimes, presenting rote exercises for the ringers to drill each new skill. Music throughout the book, arranged in both two and three octave versions, includes hymn arrangements, classical transcriptions and original pieces. The music provides all ringers the opportunity to put each newly learned technique into practice. Instructions are given for modifying the techniques for use with handchime choirs. A bibliography of music utilizing the various techniques is included. Creative and humorous illustrations throughout the book enhance its appeal to ringers of all ages. The collection is three-hole punched for easy insertion into each ringer's notebook.
Ringing the Bell
Ringing as an Ensemble
Damping as an Ensemble
Playing at Different Dynamic Levels
Reading and Ringing 8th Notes and 8th Rests
Playing in 3/4 and 2/4 meters
Reading and Ringing Dotted Rhythms
Martellato and Martellato Lift
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