[r-t] Conducting Triples

Simon Gay Simon.Gay at glasgow.ac.uk
Tue Jun 19 13:00:41 UTC 2012

No doubt many people will reply to this and you will get several
opinions on the easiest calling.

First, to explain the notation for the quarter you mention.

- 752634 1
- 527634 4
- 275634 4
ten part
s for - halfway and end

In this style, the 6-figure numbers are lead ends, the - on the left of
a lead end means that a bob is called, and the number on the right of
the lead end is the number of leads since the previous stated lead end.

So, the first lead end is rounds, i.e. 1234567; the treble is omitted
because it would be boringly at the beginning all the time.

The first call is a bob at 1, i.e. at the first lead, which brings up
the lead end 1752634.

The next call is a bob at 4, i.e. at the fourth lead after the previous
bob. It brings up the lead end 1527634.

The next call is again a bob at 4, bringing up the lead end 1275634.

This is the part end; 2 has come back to its starting position, and if
you follow the positions of the other bells, you can see that calling
this part 5 times would bring you back to rounds.

You can also read off the work of any bell at each call by looking at
the lead end. For example, the 2 is 4th place bell after the first bob
(i.e. it comes out of the hunt), at the second bob it becomes 3rd place
bell, i.e. this is making 3rds, and at the third bob it becomes 2nd
place bell, i.e. it goes into the hunt.

So this looks like a nice calling with the 2 as observation bell, EXCEPT
that it is a 10-part composition, not a 5-part composition, and you have
to replace the third bob by a single in parts 5 and 10 (i.e. halfway and
end). This means that 2 and 3 swap over, so that in the second half, the
3 will be the observation bell instead of the 2.

I wouldn't recommend this as an easy composition, unless perhaps if you
are planning to call it from the treble, as there is no one observation
bell throughout the whole quarter. Life is easier if you find a
composition with a nice observation bell and then call from that bell.

I'm not much of a Grandsire conductor, but I have called the following
quarter a couple of times recently and found it quite straightforward:

1,288 Grandsire Triples
R William Willans
- 752634 1
s 567423 5
- 345267 1
s 543267 4
- 435267 4
- 354267 4
s 453267 4
four part

The notation is the same as explained above.

This is a 4-part composition with 6 and 7 as observation bells. I
recommend calling it from the 6, not the 7, for the following reason. At
the first bob the 7 goes into the hunt, and then the second call is a
single at the 5th lead after that. So you call the 7 "in and out at 5
with a single". I find it easier to ring the 6, and remember that at the
single, the 6 makes 3rds.

After that there are 5 calls at home, i.e. when the 6 does 6-7 down, and
the sequence is bob, single, bob, bob, single.

What you have to learn to call this from the 6 is:

bob at 1 (4-5 up), single 3rds, 5 homes (b s b b s)

Good luck!

Simon Gay

On 19/06/2012 13:40, Rob Weatherby wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> I am a competent doubles conductor and have not really moved on the realm of conducting triples (can ring it easily) guess since I ring in a 6 bell tower.
> I would like to conduct a grandsire triples QP and have no understanding what specific calling positions actually mean and looking for a basics 101 explanation of this.
> Also what would people suggest as the easiest calling for a novice to call?
> I found this on the internet and to my untrained eye being a 10-part
>    234567
> - 752634 1
> - 527634 4
> - 275634 4
> ten part
> s for - halfway and end
> but don't understand this as this.
> Can anyone help translate it into simple english.
> Help will be much appreciated.
> Rob.
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