Since we have the potential of some 80 handbells to ring and use only one handbell choir, some explanation may be necessary as to how we do this.|
We have developed our own system based upon a philosophy that includes:
We like to include all people that would like to ring handbells in a "non-competitive" situation (no best choir, middle choir, training choir, etc.)Our system includes what I call "double-ringing" of each handbell part.
There is a skilled ringer assigned to each of the handbell parts and additional ringers are assigned to double with them (play the same handbell part).Handbell "purists" can find many problems with this system (among them, the mixture of Schulmerich and Malmark handbell sounds, the lack of cleanness when inexperienced ringers play with experienced ringers, the inconsistency of some part being doubled while other parts are not doubled, etc.) but we have found that it is a system that works for a church choir (not a concert handbell ensemble). We support each other and ring for worship services.
Any questions, comments, or discussion may be sent to Kyle Thomas