[r-t] Little Bell Music

rchat rchat at allton.org.uk
Thu Aug 19 17:03:22 UTC 2004

Can I enquire as to what various people count as little bell music? I
currently count forward and backward runs of 2345, 3456 and 4567. However,
others also count runs of 1234. My reasoning for this (which I have evolved
after discussion with some others) is that in normal methods, the treble
being fixed almost makes these incidental. For instance, the plain course of
Yorkshire has two 4321s at the half-course, but these are not present if the
same composition is used for Lincolnshire. Conversely, a composition of
Yorkshire that has 2345s at the back will have the same number for any other
method with the same upwork. I doubt the validity of including 1234s and
4321s because usually there are significantly less than any of the other

Ideally I am looking for a consensus so that going forward a standard can be
evolved so that in a similar way to being told that there are 'n' crus, for
which the options are firmly defined, if we are informed that there are 'm'
little bell runs, what that count is made up from.

Incidentally, everyone knows what M W and H means, and we all know that they
are constant headings whatever the number of bells, from 6 to 16 and beyond.
It would make life easier if we could have a similar name for the calling
position affecting 3,5 and 7, now regularly used to gain 4567s. On Major it
is 5 or V (Fifths), Royal 7 or S (Sevenths), Maximus 9 or N (Ninths) and so
on. Current practice seems to want to not mix numbers and letters in the
calling headings (yes I know not everyone agrees with that), so it would
make life a lot easier if we could use another letter that did not need
explaining every time.
Question: can anyone think of a consistent letter (with good reasons!) for
all stages, or conversely, have we got to the stage where we do not need an
explanation in the rubric each time?


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