[r-t] Spliced S Minor

Ben Willetts ben at benjw.org.uk
Fri Nov 4 17:36:23 UTC 2005

> I'd like ideas for a 'scheme' of S. Minor please.
> We've done Cambridge, Beverley, Surfleet, London and Norwich seperately.
> Idealy a composition where methods can be neatly added

One obvious idea is to aim for the standard 41 Surprise Minor methods.  The
five methods you name above are a very good starting point.

Get your band to look at Primrose.  This is just 6ths-place Cambridge so the
blue line should be easy enough; it's just the lead-ends they need to
concentrate on.  Once they've got the hang of that, add in Berwick and
Hexham (6ths-place Beverley and Surfleet).  Then Ipswich (Cambridge with a
16 half-lead) and Norfolk (6ths-place Ipswich).  There are some very simple
splices you can use to produce 720s of any or all of these methods.

Then look at Bourne (which is Cambridge above the treble and is Norwich
below -- except for the half-lead), and Hull (6ths-place Bourne).  Finally,
introduce the London frontwork with York (Cambridge above and London below)
and Durham (Wells below, which is near as dammit London anyway).  Again,
some simple 720s and 1440s exist for splicing any or all of these 12

Once you're familiar with all those methods, change the backwork to
Carlisle, and learn all the methods with this backwork and the front-works
you've learned so far.  Again, simple compositions exist for these
Carlisle-above methods, and when you've learned them all, John Warboys has
composed a 1440 of all the 23 methods spliced.

After that, there are 6 London-above methods (of which you know two already:
London and Wells) and 12 Norwich-above methods to bring you up to all 41.
Ring a peal.

When learning the methods, also learn where you will pass the treble, which
makes ringing them by over- and under-works much easier!


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