Intro to Massed Ringing Workshop
Director: Marci Nuoffer, Faith Lutheran High School
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
101 S. Rancho Drive, Las Vegas NV
Saturday, September 11, 2021
9:00am – 4:00pm
Harmony Handbells is presenting a new workshop that will include:
- Massed Ringing of Level 1 Music
- Classes on Techniques
- Sharing Session
Registration fee through August 31 – $5.00/person.
After August 31, 2021 registration fee will be $8.00/person.
Download registration form here.
- Jubilee by Arnold Sherman, Choristers Guild (CGB472 – 2-3 Octaves) or
(CGB473 – 3-5 Octaves)
- Celebration by Larry Sue, Choraegus (3-5 Octaves) available here.
Who Should Come: This event is open to full choirs or to individuals who want to experience massed ringing in a low pressure situation. Music will be Level 1 and classes will focus on techniques, rhythms, and other ringing basics. Individuals with little to no ringing experience are welcome to attend.
Solos: We encourage choirs, ensembles, and soloists to favor us with a piece during our public “sharing.” There will be substitutes available, if needed.
Bring: Bells, Gloves, Pencils, Tables, Pads, Prepared Music, and Folders
We have an extremely limited amount of tables. Please plan to bring your own. Contact Alison Pruett (contact info on form) ASAP if you need us to provide tables no later than August 24. There may be a rental fee if we run out of tables and need to go to a party supplier. Please note: we are even more limited in our ability to provide pads.
8:15-9:00 Check-in and Set-up
9:00-9:10 Warm up and announcements
9:10-10:50 Massed rehearsal
11:05-11:45 Class Session I
11:45-12:45 Lunch and Solo rehearsals (fast food nearby or bring a sack lunch)
12:45-1:25 Class Session II
1:25-2:45 Massed rehearsal
3:00-4:00 Sharing (public welcome)
Class Session I:
Basic Techniques – Think you know how to ring that bell? Making a sound at the correct time is only part of it. Come learn the ergonomic way to ring to avoid hurting yourself while making music. We’ll also be exploring numerous other techniques such as mart lifts, swings, and even gyros!
Intro to Bell Trees – You’ve seen all those bells hanging from a stand and wondered if you could do that. You can! This class will go over the basics of how to string together bells and how to learn a solo on the bell tree.
How to Get the Most out of Rehearsal – We all know that rehearsal and practice is important, but how should we rehearse? What are the habits and techniques that we can use to get the most out of our rehearsal and practice time? Most of us don’t have a set of handbells at home, so what are some of the things we can do outside of rehearsal that will help us achieve our goals? We will discuss the do’s and don’ts of practice, how to rehearse in a relaxed and confident way, and what we can do to make the most of the limited time we have to prepare a piece of music. Once we know how to properly practice, rehearsal will become more enjoyable, and we will be able to perform with calm confidence!
Class Session II:
Ringing Multiple Bells – Ever see people playing two bells in each hand and wonder how they do that? We’ll explore Shelly and 4-in-hand ringing and the pros and cons of each. If time allows, we’ll get into traveling 4-in-hand.
Weaving/Handbell Changes – You’re doing great until you have to change bells quickly (we’ve all been there). There are tricks to making those changes effectively while still being musical. This class will introduce weaving and getting away from having a right bell and a left bell.
Bass Bell Techniques – How do you ring those huge bells without hurting yourself? Come learn to play bass bells ergonomically and how to get the best sound out of them.