by Kathleen Wissinger

Ringers around the world are rising to the challenge in this momentous time to prove that, indeed, handbell ringers are flexible: creating new ways to teach, ring, interact, and even perform while side-by-side ringing is on hiatus. Here are a few examples:

As of the writing of this article, Kath has been distance teaching her 5th-8th grade handbell classes at Redeemer Classical School (Harrisonburg, Va.) for 8 weeks, with one week to go. She has enjoyed the challenge of devising engaging, broadening lessons for her ringers using unison exercises to play along with pieces in their repertoire, tuned drinking glass activities, an ongoing composition project that was well underway before school was dismissed – and a wide variety of online resources showcasing other bell ringers doing creative performances and projects, a variety of performers using tuned percussive instruments in interesting ways and unusual instruments being demonstrated. While missing the traditional outreach concerts (one per grade per semester) and end-of-year school performances, Kath embraces a “do the best with what you have” attitude and has truly enjoyed being stretched in new ways and being able to expose her ringers to experiences far beyond what she could present in the normal classroom rehearsal time.

In response to friend Ali O’Connell’s request for a piece for a student who had 2 octaves of chimes at home, Kath wrote Solo Time 1: Better Days Ahead/My Heart Sings, a 3-part piece that carefully teaches beginning solo ringing techniques: off the table, passing and weaving. It will be released soon through ringTrue at Jeffers (RE6531AB). She plans to write a series of these Solo Time experiences in the next few months.

Music Educators Creating Online Learning FB page has been a valuable resource throughout these 2 months. You can also share your own experiences teaching handbells on Handbell Educators FB page (which Kath administers) – or contact her at Longwalk3@aol.com.

Virtual Performances

YouTube and Facebook feature dozens of clever ringing performances: solos, of course, plus fully-scored pieces performed by a single ringer (or two) playing multiple parts; by multiple ringers each playing their own part; or by musicians playing a popular handbell arrangement on whatever instruments they have on hand at home (even including tuned drinking glasses). Each individual performance is spliced together using a virtual choir app.

Bell trees provide a perfect opportunity for a single ringer to provide music for live-streamed worship services.

See also THIS ARTICLE on how to record your own multi-track performance with the Acapella app.

Teaching Opportunities

Some teachers and directors develop demonstration videos, lead composition projects, offer technique and theory lessons, supply links to performances and informative videos (like “How Handbells Are Made”) and offer many other activities that reach far beyond what they would normally cover in class or rehearsal. You can find a compilation of interesting handbell and other sites I’ve been collecting over 7 weeks for my school and adult groups at the end of this article.

When groups purchase reproducible scores and “site licenses,” they may allow ringers to download and print their own scores (be sure to read license info before doing so). Online audio demo clips can often be downloaded, so ringers can “play” their own parts while listening to the whole piece being played. Directors can make it easier by sending a list of links for their pieces. Ringers can use substitute bells like salad dressing bottles or wooden spoons.

You might also allow ringers to sign out their own 3 or 4 bells, mallets, a singing bell stick, a score book and a foam pad to use at home. The photos here show the “bell buckets” assembled and lent to ringers of the Gloria Dei handbell choir at Muhlenberg Lutheran Church, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

The Gloria Dei ringers were excited about the prospect of taking bells home. They change ringing positions between pieces, so I selected the “most common” positions for each ringer and reassigned the pieces for stationary positions. Six of the 10 ringers opted to check out their bells and books, and I provided links to the sound files.  My advanced community group, Mosaic, is on hiatus and plans to use much of their Spring 2020 program “An American Journey” in their Fall 2020 concerts (if that happens.) Both groups meet via Zoom on their regular rehearsal nights. I also send them tidbits now and again from my teaching files.

Sets of bells, music, and accessories ready to be assembled into “Bell Buckets” so ringers in the Gloria Dei handbell choir at Muhlenberg Lutheran Church, Harrisonburg, Virginia, may practice at home.

 

The finished “Bell Buckets,” ready to be distributed to the Gloria Dei ringers.

A small glockenspiel or a set of individual tone bars can stand in for malleted bells or a bell tree. An array of drinking glasses tuned to notes by adding water and lightly tapped provide an alternative bell set-up.

 

Following are printable unison exercises to accompany “Upbeat!” for levels 1 and 2, which I used for my school ringers, along with an introduction video. These exercises can be played along with the accompanying recording of the song with any of the above methods.

“Upbeat” Unison Exercise. Level 1

“Upbeat” Unison Exercise. Level 2

 
 
Audio File:
Introduction Video:

 

Staying Connected Online

Ringing groups use conferencing software to allow ringers to stay connected, sharing the banter they would normally experience at rehearsals, getting to know each other better, and even ringing (muting your audio is highly recommended as video conferences always have slight delays) while following the director’s audio clip

Facebook groups cover many handbell interests: Handbell People, Handbell-L on Facebook, Team Handbell, Handbell Soloist, Handbell Educators, Handbell Conductors, Handbell Geeks, Handbell Musicians of America (and every HMA Area as well), The Handbell Blog, Handbell Sheet Music and dozens of Facebook pages of individuals, church musicians, performing groups, publishers and events.

Google groups using e-mail are also available: Handbell-L, Belltree-L and Frustrated Friends of Finale.

The Music Educators Facebook page developed a spin-off called “Music Educators Creating Online Learning,” which offers much insight into digital performing and teaching. Many discussions would benefit handbell directors as well.

Recommended Links

RCS Distance Learning – Handbells Grades 5-8 – Online Resources

Kathleen Wissinger
Table percussion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDNGsnmQzeM

Aidan Fozzard – bell plates
Note 4iH, weaving and some vibrato, shakes, rearranging notes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jim6Pg3lu8k&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0oIDeMtnQ_BgbKqL3vZdHJwmHXJQ0eQel3RSiW4QFaNGBZIhEf3n993lQ

Hallelujah chorus – quartet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GczhgPwhUlM&fbclid=IwAR1kgL-Y12pJyz_WGi4lJIYbBzYifsYKeC5JH4nOExNGOvfn5s7n77Tt834

Aidan – Jar of Hearts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAE2zv0DGLU&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR2A2qKjU1fRJIuJD6KMjWHBFK1d8ESr4lwocVQHQpoG1ICDOEXRV4KOIXw

Ron Bellamy – Bell Tree   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPKxbKZnh7Q&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0M9JIR9BbBPeY_A7eSxXKA9kTXf7vzTfhFg0jiC1DHq10iUAgGZuiPmLU

One man – many positions  
https://www.facebook.com/sean.taylor.984/videos/10156600306002723/UzpfSTYxNDA3MjcyMjozMjUzMjg0MjE4MDU3MzIz/

Bruce Bytnar – Ashoken Farewell
https://www.facebook.com/bruce.bytnar/videos/10216060103246649/

Rhythm Randomizer – challenge yourself tapping and counting rhythms that YOU design – from easy to hard. Change the parameters and then click on the music.
http://www.rhythmrandomizer.com

Bass Recorder – why the curved air pipe? imagine if he had to blow into this recorder the conventional way! 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp6pUJOuQhE&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3PL9shV76QH7Gxtx-2IFw22pHfS7ymUd0uP8rIyMIEOAIytlz3N7gU_s4

Brian Seeman – Tocatta Ritmica
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWmITEd8UJo&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0bYm7pFDKvAUnqfTN_wQkOHccNR5uZn53KoZDXBaNn2c8YoYjJsEOOSgM

Suvi Airaksinen – Finland – Me and my Clones
https://www.facebook.com/suvi.airaksinen/videos/10158211374903044/UzpfSTc0MjU0MzA0MzpWSzozMjU3ODk0MzM3NTk2MzEx/

Larry and Carla Sue – Fairy King – Celtic jig  4iH duet
https://www.facebook.com/LarryandCarla/videos/521059738555491/UzpfSTI0Njc1NDgwODcxNzgyOTozMjU4MTQ5OTc3NTcwNzQ3/

How It’s Made (Nat Geo) – Malmark Handbells  5 min.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF-VzbMo8dk

Soundwave – Janet Nordstrand’s group – Hallelujah
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rXjLgAWJ9k

Ruben Mendoza – Plink Plank Plunk Solo – all mallets 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY7vEv6lyvg&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR1GkGo28IzFX5mgd5CA1PE6Sy_vXyZyyaUL6rQE6GVOs24-7JxVUoinlNM

Fred Gramann directing  2018 Bay View Week
Prelude on Herzliebster Jesu  3:32 tolling
https://vimeo.com/295682212?fbclid=IwAR2yUPzyk5ETJvTxR2fmRj3-SU2OPVOmvqT3iehAPRtGd8k9Ja8BYI1bbic

Emily Li – Via Dolorosa solo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dGsWgyERPg&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1AUBfnSAUMR5kU6vPgdt9Kma13_9Q_FLiCs30HKI2SQws-K2nlkaQzWzo

Deed Carillon
https://www.facebook.com/daytonhistory/videos/2250038911959411/

Sandra and Mitchell Eithun – What Wondrous Love –  Krug 12 bells
https://www.facebook.com/mitchell.eithun/videos/2885797474847492/UzpfSTExODg4Njc3MTg6MTAyMTkxNDMxNzU5ODg3OTA/

Alyssa Showers – solo ensemble
https://www.facebook.com/alyssa.showers.3/videos/10103735693911568/?multi_permalinks=4074537382618060%2C4067240713347727&notif_id=1586455419286031&notif_t=group_activity

Orchestra with ball point pen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY7NE_2ZbYw&list=PLsx4reM1Nr4J9l5YSqLCz3N_X5_TqpbkG&index=1&fbclid=IwAR08oXEemRyQXOkd-jTaEsJIrHk9AjncgMnvbXNBosqBi4DTtNPeGX9JS54

Single Line Practice Easy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoRRMHYSDck&list=PLsx4reM1Nr4J9l5YSqLCz3N_X5_TqpbkG&index=7

Tap and count quarter notes with bongo – LH and RH lines – easy to challenging. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2yPLitDzXE&list=PLsx4reM1Nr4J9l5YSqLCz3N_X5_TqpbkG&index=2

8th notes tap and count
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xr08WUw4gZY&list=PLsx4reM1Nr4J9l5YSqLCz3N_X5_TqpbkG&index=3

8th notes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80jmZOK1IJc&list=PLsx4reM1Nr4J9l5YSqLCz3N_X5_TqpbkG&index=5

8th gr – 16th notes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igkbgcjLfK4&list=PLsx4reM1Nr4J9l5YSqLCz3N_X5_TqpbkG&index=4

8th gr – Triola
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z1I0W5vYrw&list=PLsx4reM1Nr4J9l5YSqLCz3N_X5_TqpbkG&index=8

Brutal 8th gr tempos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5NMt8CMh1s&list=PLsx4reM1Nr4J9l5YSqLCz3N_X5_TqpbkG&index=6

Forte – Hallelujah Chorus
https://www.facebook.com/ForteHandbellQuartet/videos/223688642280924/

….and from above front..
https://www.facebook.com/ForteHandbellQuartet/videos/1690816540928646/

… Forte  – Hallelujah Chorus from 3/4 front.
https://youtu.be/o_Q-YkwJ8TM

Jon Meyer Music – Sampled and manipulated bell sounds
https://youtu.be/tYYjzPjJnYo

Bottle Boys – Under the Sea
https://youtu.be/3KQQdUZn29Q

Alan Cooper – animated ringers
https://youtu.be/OXoGzkkH0jc

Kevin Mazimas Ko – 6iH
https://youtu.be/llDftFzmhBA

Raleigh Ringers Flight of the Bumblebee
https://youtu.be/d6o5NZV83TI

Nancy Hascall – Chopin’s Waltz in A Minor
https://youtu.be/yAIPmqzy_fA

Handbells Unlimited Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
https://youtu.be/fA9rAg2Mdko

Gail Downey’s Seniors – Ring Around the Bells –
https://youtu.be/ZHx6FVrS1Go

Raleigh Ringers – Dizzy Fingers
https://youtu.be/INjHX9Muk5M

Bennie Goodman – Clarinet solo – original Dizzy Fingers
https://youtu.be/eMJByi3mQSY

What Instruments do you have at home? Capriccio
https://youtu.be/PseaWYXwFXY

Duke Chapel Carillon – start at 59 seconds to see him play. The levers are attached to chains that are attached to each individual bell’s clapper. He is also using feet ion similar levers.
https://youtu.be/9eGAN5L_BNY

College ring – Dorian Dance by Michael Joy
https://youtu.be/1ElShPGE2rw

Don Wood playing Diversion (Krug) 12 bell acapella
https://youtu.be/K7M3pszyl10

Hallalujah Chorus
https://www.facebook.com/dcarlsonmn/videos/928969771165/

“Memory” – Acapella
https://www.facebook.com/OrganistAnthony/videos/10105091111613702/

Nick Hanson – Multiple bells 1,2,3,4
https://www.facebook.com/tintinnabulator/videos/10222422437206579/

MOB Singapore – The Syncopated Clock
https://www.facebook.com/damien.lim.796/videos/10156942004657854/

Hans Zimmer – composing for movies
https://www.facebook.com/hanszimmer/videos/562553077801009/

Peter and the Wolf – instruments introduce the characters
https://youtu.be/MfM7Y9Pcdzw

Jason Krug’s Allegro con Moto   12 panel
https://youtu.be/NfxP9NaYWKM

Capriccio – quartet
https://youtu.be/YMYN-3gNHyY

Jason directing Capriccio Youth Festival
https://youtu.be/R2qxb70Qw6U

RR Legends = Bass Bells
https://youtu.be/VqID7UcfbwU

Bass Bell in slo mo – RR
https://youtu.be/JyP99r5xnuU

Potomac School 7th/8th Counting Stars (One Republic)
https://youtu.be/8F-RDsRpu6k

Baylor University Bronze “Herzliebster Jesu” (O Holy Jesus
1:30 a different bell comes in – Petit and Fritzen
https://youtu.be/4-ozjgxW5UI

Arsis teens Flight of the Bumblebee
https://youtu.be/ifc-JLgjGVM

What Instruments do you have at home? Capriccio
https://youtu.be/PseaWYXwFXY

Capriccio – quartet
https://youtu.be/YMYN-3gNHyY

Jason directing Capriccio Youth Festival
https://youtu.be/R2qxb70Qw6U

Aidan Fozard  – belleplates – sextet…
https://youtu.be/mTT7Yft63N4

Kevin Quick – Capriccio
https://www.facebook.com/kevin.quick.3367/videos/10156797215986750/

 

Guitar Solo and bell back-up acapella
Keiko Nishida‎ to Handbell People

A performance from our friends of English Handbell enthusiasts. Along with Mr. Gen Hoshino, a Japanese famous singer, we performed an English Handbell accompaniment.
Matching sounds with an instrument such as Handbells is challenging. The performance was done by telework, it was a difficult task but it became a worthwhile experience.
https://youtu.be/sQ1fkGhi86Q

SSFS Upper School Handbell Choir Presents: The George Fox Song
No excuse if you don’t have bells at home!!
https://www.facebook.com/SandySpringFriendsSchool/videos/245908780119923/

Instruments from around the world:

Nyckelharp
https://youtu.be/QdRVbI2_fF8?list=RDF1epoBKzOQI

Griselda Sanderson – Swedish nyckelharpa
https://youtu.be/LgbMVIYv57I

Banjo – Bela Fleck
https://youtu.be/oki150lYgWU

Teen groups playing:
Rolling in the Deep – teen group
https://youtu.be/LyFmJxApKRA

Radioactive (Imagine Dragons) Potomac 7th/8th graders
https://youtu.be/i4v3iIDAtrY?list=RDLyFmJxApKRA

Light ‘Em Up – (Fall Out Boys)   Potomac
https://youtu.be/qyodZONED5Q?list=RD7nb6zsfMS4Q

Eye of the Tiger   Bourgade Bell choir
Do you notice something different about this group’s set-up?
https://youtu.be/qmv_uqDZSUs?list=RDLyFmJxApKRA

Someone Like You
https://youtu.be/Lg9bSbfFV1Y?list=RDLyFmJxApKRA

Be Our Guest
https://youtu.be/GdBBRE8nFIk?list=RDLyFmJxApKRA

Coldplay’s Clocks   – Hawthorne Christian Academy
https://youtu.be/cceo8-hAoPg

Soundwave – “Human”
https://youtu.be/pWjS_qshygQ

Let it Go – Oregon State
https://youtu.be/eqiRriVjIQU?list=RDMDDFAb1899w

Bowed handbells
https://vimeo.com/132848211?ref=em-share&fbclid=IwAR1P3eMgfxJWXhY0cTlO2HJde3-Hj0LWXioS83_rTSknrJGQx8QnE2brS2s

Bach A minor violin concerto performed on harmonic
https://youtu.be/FFKVPkooCHg

Harmonica– Fly me to the Moon
https://youtu.be/jtg94HX8tOE

Northumbrian bagpipes
https://youtu.be/fBwwWFGd9qE

Chord approach to writing theme music
https://youtu.be/YSKAt3pmYBs

Chord Approach – One more step –
https://youtu.be/W1DK4m2tuiw

Bell of the Sound –  In the Mood
https://www.facebook.com/806383306/videos/10155331899168307/

Artemis – Best of John Williams – including Star Wars 1:45
Note books flat on table.
https://youtu.be/BXp2_jT9iL0

Recreating Dance Monkey using “Soundtrap”
https://youtu.be/qZlpeEJ0szw

 

Tuned Drinking Glasses!!
Toto – Africa
Darude – Sandstorm
Under the Sea
https://www.facebook.com/TotoAfricaMemes/videos/159487895481394/

Derek Nance – Karen Buckwalter’s Nocturn in A minor.
https://youtu.be/dCHf1_mn7mA

Bell Matters – Bell Trees – Venita MacGorman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrXexrGeDCc

 Hurdy-Gurdy – those who like the Becalmed themes can see the real instrument that plays it!
A violin of sorts with a spinning rosin wheel and keys that push down on the frets. Very cool!
https://www.facebook.com/buho.filosofo/videos/2457985314300790/

Virtual Performances

YouTube and Facebook feature dozens of clever ringing performances: solos, of course, plus fully-scored pieces performed by a single ringer (or two) playing multiple parts; by multiple ringers each playing their own part; or by musicians playing a popular handbell arrangement on whatever instruments they have on hand at home (even including tuned drinking glasses). Each individual performance is spliced together using a virtual choir app.

Bell trees provide a perfect opportunity for a single ringer to provide music for live-streamed worship services.

See also THIS ARTICLE on how to record your own multi-track performance with the Acapella app.

Teaching Opportunities

Some teachers and directors develop demonstration videos, lead composition projects, offer technique and theory lessons, supply links to performances and informative videos (like “How Handbells Are Made”) and offer many other activities that reach far beyond what they would normally cover in class or rehearsal. You can find a compilation of interesting handbell and other sites I’ve been collecting over 7 weeks for my school and adult groups at the end of this article.

When groups purchase reproducible scores and “site licenses,” they may allow ringers to download and print their own scores (be sure to read license info before doing so). Online audio demo clips can often be downloaded, so ringers can “play” their own parts while listening to the whole piece being played. Directors can make it easier by sending a list of links for their pieces. Ringers can use substitute bells like salad dressing bottles or wooden spoons.

You might also allow ringers to sign out their own 3 or 4 bells, mallets, a singing bell stick, a score book and a foam pad to use at home. The photos here show the “bell buckets” assembled and lent to ringers of the Gloria Dei handbell choir at Muhlenberg Lutheran Church, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

The Gloria Dei ringers were excited about the prospect of taking bells home. They change ringing positions between pieces, so I selected the “most common” positions for each ringer and reassigned the pieces for stationary positions. Six of the 10 ringers opted to check out their bells and books, and I provided links to the sound files.  My advanced community group, Mosaic, is on hiatus and plans to use much of their Spring 2020 program “An American Journey” in their Fall 2020 concerts (if that happens.) Both groups meet via Zoom on their regular rehearsal nights. I also send them tidbits now and again from my teaching files.

Sets of bells, music, and accessories ready to be assembled into “Bell Buckets” so ringers in the Gloria Dei handbell choir at Muhlenberg Lutheran Church, Harrisonburg, Virginia, may practice at home.

 

The finished “Bell Buckets,” ready to be distributed to the Gloria Dei ringers.

A small glockenspiel or a set of individual tone bars can stand in for malleted bells or a bell tree. An array of drinking glasses tuned to notes by adding water and lightly tapped provide an alternative bell set-up.

 

Following are printable unison exercises to accompany “Upbeat!” for levels 1 and 2, which I used for my school ringers, along with an introduction video. These exercises can be played along with the accompanying recording of the song with any of the above methods.

“Upbeat” Unison Exercise. Level 1

“Upbeat” Unison Exercise. Level 2

 
 
Audio File:
Introduction Video:

 

Staying Connected Online

Ringing groups use conferencing software to allow ringers to stay connected, sharing the banter they would normally experience at rehearsals, getting to know each other better, and even ringing (muting your audio is highly recommended as video conferences always have slight delays) while following the director’s audio clip

Facebook groups cover many handbell interests: Handbell People, Handbell-L on Facebook, Team Handbell, Handbell Soloist, Handbell Educators, Handbell Conductors, Handbell Geeks, Handbell Musicians of America (and every HMA Area as well), The Handbell Blog, Handbell Sheet Music and dozens of Facebook pages of individuals, church musicians, performing groups, publishers and events.

Google groups using e-mail are also available: Handbell-L, Belltree-L and Frustrated Friends of Finale.

The Music Educators Facebook page developed a spin-off called “Music Educators Creating Online Learning,” which offers much insight into digital performing and teaching. Many discussions would benefit handbell directors as well.

Recommended Links

RCS Distance Learning – Handbells Grades 5-8 – Online Resources

Kathleen Wissinger
Table percussion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDNGsnmQzeM

Aidan Fozzard – bell plates
Note 4iH, weaving and some vibrato, shakes, rearranging notes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jim6Pg3lu8k&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0oIDeMtnQ_BgbKqL3vZdHJwmHXJQ0eQel3RSiW4QFaNGBZIhEf3n993lQ

Hallelujah chorus – quartet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GczhgPwhUlM&fbclid=IwAR1kgL-Y12pJyz_WGi4lJIYbBzYifsYKeC5JH4nOExNGOvfn5s7n77Tt834

Aidan – Jar of Hearts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAE2zv0DGLU&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR2A2qKjU1fRJIuJD6KMjWHBFK1d8ESr4lwocVQHQpoG1ICDOEXRV4KOIXw

Ron Bellamy – Bell Tree   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPKxbKZnh7Q&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0M9JIR9BbBPeY_A7eSxXKA9kTXf7vzTfhFg0jiC1DHq10iUAgGZuiPmLU

One man – many positions  
https://www.facebook.com/sean.taylor.984/videos/10156600306002723/UzpfSTYxNDA3MjcyMjozMjUzMjg0MjE4MDU3MzIz/

Bruce Bytnar – Ashoken Farewell
https://www.facebook.com/bruce.bytnar/videos/10216060103246649/

Rhythm Randomizer – challenge yourself tapping and counting rhythms that YOU design – from easy to hard. Change the parameters and then click on the music.
http://www.rhythmrandomizer.com

Bass Recorder – why the curved air pipe? imagine if he had to blow into this recorder the conventional way! 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp6pUJOuQhE&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3PL9shV76QH7Gxtx-2IFw22pHfS7ymUd0uP8rIyMIEOAIytlz3N7gU_s4

Brian Seeman – Tocatta Ritmica
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWmITEd8UJo&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0bYm7pFDKvAUnqfTN_wQkOHccNR5uZn53KoZDXBaNn2c8YoYjJsEOOSgM

Suvi Airaksinen – Finland – Me and my Clones
https://www.facebook.com/suvi.airaksinen/videos/10158211374903044/UzpfSTc0MjU0MzA0MzpWSzozMjU3ODk0MzM3NTk2MzEx/

Larry and Carla Sue – Fairy King – Celtic jig  4iH duet
https://www.facebook.com/LarryandCarla/videos/521059738555491/UzpfSTI0Njc1NDgwODcxNzgyOTozMjU4MTQ5OTc3NTcwNzQ3/

How It’s Made (Nat Geo) – Malmark Handbells  5 min.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF-VzbMo8dk

Soundwave – Janet Nordstrand’s group – Hallelujah
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rXjLgAWJ9k

Ruben Mendoza – Plink Plank Plunk Solo – all mallets 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY7vEv6lyvg&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR1GkGo28IzFX5mgd5CA1PE6Sy_vXyZyyaUL6rQE6GVOs24-7JxVUoinlNM

Fred Gramann directing  2018 Bay View Week
Prelude on Herzliebster Jesu  3:32 tolling
https://vimeo.com/295682212?fbclid=IwAR2yUPzyk5ETJvTxR2fmRj3-SU2OPVOmvqT3iehAPRtGd8k9Ja8BYI1bbic

Emily Li – Via Dolorosa solo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dGsWgyERPg&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1AUBfnSAUMR5kU6vPgdt9Kma13_9Q_FLiCs30HKI2SQws-K2nlkaQzWzo

Deed Carillon
https://www.facebook.com/daytonhistory/videos/2250038911959411/

Sandra and Mitchell Eithun – What Wondrous Love –  Krug 12 bells
https://www.facebook.com/mitchell.eithun/videos/2885797474847492/UzpfSTExODg4Njc3MTg6MTAyMTkxNDMxNzU5ODg3OTA/

Alyssa Showers – solo ensemble
https://www.facebook.com/alyssa.showers.3/videos/10103735693911568/?multi_permalinks=4074537382618060%2C4067240713347727&notif_id=1586455419286031&notif_t=group_activity

Orchestra with ball point pen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY7NE_2ZbYw&list=PLsx4reM1Nr4J9l5YSqLCz3N_X5_TqpbkG&index=1&fbclid=IwAR08oXEemRyQXOkd-jTaEsJIrHk9AjncgMnvbXNBosqBi4DTtNPeGX9JS54

Single Line Practice Easy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoRRMHYSDck&list=PLsx4reM1Nr4J9l5YSqLCz3N_X5_TqpbkG&index=7

Tap and count quarter notes with bongo – LH and RH lines – easy to challenging. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2yPLitDzXE&list=PLsx4reM1Nr4J9l5YSqLCz3N_X5_TqpbkG&index=2

8th notes tap and count
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xr08WUw4gZY&list=PLsx4reM1Nr4J9l5YSqLCz3N_X5_TqpbkG&index=3

8th notes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80jmZOK1IJc&list=PLsx4reM1Nr4J9l5YSqLCz3N_X5_TqpbkG&index=5

8th gr – 16th notes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igkbgcjLfK4&list=PLsx4reM1Nr4J9l5YSqLCz3N_X5_TqpbkG&index=4

8th gr – Triola
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z1I0W5vYrw&list=PLsx4reM1Nr4J9l5YSqLCz3N_X5_TqpbkG&index=8

Brutal 8th gr tempos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5NMt8CMh1s&list=PLsx4reM1Nr4J9l5YSqLCz3N_X5_TqpbkG&index=6

Forte – Hallelujah Chorus
https://www.facebook.com/ForteHandbellQuartet/videos/223688642280924/

….and from above front..
https://www.facebook.com/ForteHandbellQuartet/videos/1690816540928646/

… Forte  – Hallelujah Chorus from 3/4 front.
https://youtu.be/o_Q-YkwJ8TM

Jon Meyer Music – Sampled and manipulated bell sounds
https://youtu.be/tYYjzPjJnYo

Bottle Boys – Under the Sea
https://youtu.be/3KQQdUZn29Q

Alan Cooper – animated ringers
https://youtu.be/OXoGzkkH0jc

Kevin Mazimas Ko – 6iH
https://youtu.be/llDftFzmhBA

Raleigh Ringers Flight of the Bumblebee
https://youtu.be/d6o5NZV83TI

Nancy Hascall – Chopin’s Waltz in A Minor
https://youtu.be/yAIPmqzy_fA

Handbells Unlimited Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
https://youtu.be/fA9rAg2Mdko

Gail Downey’s Seniors – Ring Around the Bells –
https://youtu.be/ZHx6FVrS1Go

Raleigh Ringers – Dizzy Fingers
https://youtu.be/INjHX9Muk5M

Bennie Goodman – Clarinet solo – original Dizzy Fingers
https://youtu.be/eMJByi3mQSY

What Instruments do you have at home? Capriccio
https://youtu.be/PseaWYXwFXY

Duke Chapel Carillon – start at 59 seconds to see him play. The levers are attached to chains that are attached to each individual bell’s clapper. He is also using feet ion similar levers.
https://youtu.be/9eGAN5L_BNY

College ring – Dorian Dance by Michael Joy
https://youtu.be/1ElShPGE2rw

Don Wood playing Diversion (Krug) 12 bell acapella
https://youtu.be/K7M3pszyl10

Hallalujah Chorus
https://www.facebook.com/dcarlsonmn/videos/928969771165/

“Memory” – Acapella
https://www.facebook.com/OrganistAnthony/videos/10105091111613702/

Nick Hanson – Multiple bells 1,2,3,4
https://www.facebook.com/tintinnabulator/videos/10222422437206579/

MOB Singapore – The Syncopated Clock
https://www.facebook.com/damien.lim.796/videos/10156942004657854/

Hans Zimmer – composing for movies
https://www.facebook.com/hanszimmer/videos/562553077801009/

Peter and the Wolf – instruments introduce the characters
https://youtu.be/MfM7Y9Pcdzw

Jason Krug’s Allegro con Moto   12 panel
https://youtu.be/NfxP9NaYWKM

Capriccio – quartet
https://youtu.be/YMYN-3gNHyY

Jason directing Capriccio Youth Festival
https://youtu.be/R2qxb70Qw6U

RR Legends = Bass Bells
https://youtu.be/VqID7UcfbwU

Bass Bell in slo mo – RR
https://youtu.be/JyP99r5xnuU

Potomac School 7th/8th Counting Stars (One Republic)
https://youtu.be/8F-RDsRpu6k

Baylor University Bronze “Herzliebster Jesu” (O Holy Jesus
1:30 a different bell comes in – Petit and Fritzen
https://youtu.be/4-ozjgxW5UI

Arsis teens Flight of the Bumblebee
https://youtu.be/ifc-JLgjGVM

What Instruments do you have at home? Capriccio
https://youtu.be/PseaWYXwFXY

Capriccio – quartet
https://youtu.be/YMYN-3gNHyY

Jason directing Capriccio Youth Festival
https://youtu.be/R2qxb70Qw6U

Aidan Fozard  – belleplates – sextet…
https://youtu.be/mTT7Yft63N4

Kevin Quick – Capriccio
https://www.facebook.com/kevin.quick.3367/videos/10156797215986750/

 

Guitar Solo and bell back-up acapella
Keiko Nishida‎ to Handbell People

A performance from our friends of English Handbell enthusiasts. Along with Mr. Gen Hoshino, a Japanese famous singer, we performed an English Handbell accompaniment.
Matching sounds with an instrument such as Handbells is challenging. The performance was done by telework, it was a difficult task but it became a worthwhile experience.
https://youtu.be/sQ1fkGhi86Q

SSFS Upper School Handbell Choir Presents: The George Fox Song
No excuse if you don’t have bells at home!!
https://www.facebook.com/SandySpringFriendsSchool/videos/245908780119923/

Instruments from around the world:

Nyckelharp
https://youtu.be/QdRVbI2_fF8?list=RDF1epoBKzOQI

Griselda Sanderson – Swedish nyckelharpa
https://youtu.be/LgbMVIYv57I

Banjo – Bela Fleck
https://youtu.be/oki150lYgWU

Teen groups playing:
Rolling in the Deep – teen group
https://youtu.be/LyFmJxApKRA

Radioactive (Imagine Dragons) Potomac 7th/8th graders
https://youtu.be/i4v3iIDAtrY?list=RDLyFmJxApKRA

Light ‘Em Up – (Fall Out Boys)   Potomac
https://youtu.be/qyodZONED5Q?list=RD7nb6zsfMS4Q

Eye of the Tiger   Bourgade Bell choir
Do you notice something different about this group’s set-up?
https://youtu.be/qmv_uqDZSUs?list=RDLyFmJxApKRA

Someone Like You
https://youtu.be/Lg9bSbfFV1Y?list=RDLyFmJxApKRA

Be Our Guest
https://youtu.be/GdBBRE8nFIk?list=RDLyFmJxApKRA

Coldplay’s Clocks   – Hawthorne Christian Academy
https://youtu.be/cceo8-hAoPg

Soundwave – “Human”
https://youtu.be/pWjS_qshygQ

Let it Go – Oregon State
https://youtu.be/eqiRriVjIQU?list=RDMDDFAb1899w

Bowed handbells
https://vimeo.com/132848211?ref=em-share&fbclid=IwAR1P3eMgfxJWXhY0cTlO2HJde3-Hj0LWXioS83_rTSknrJGQx8QnE2brS2s

Bach A minor violin concerto performed on harmonic
https://youtu.be/FFKVPkooCHg

Harmonica– Fly me to the Moon
https://youtu.be/jtg94HX8tOE

Northumbrian bagpipes
https://youtu.be/fBwwWFGd9qE

Chord approach to writing theme music
https://youtu.be/YSKAt3pmYBs

Chord Approach – One more step –
https://youtu.be/W1DK4m2tuiw

Bell of the Sound –  In the Mood
https://www.facebook.com/806383306/videos/10155331899168307/

Artemis – Best of John Williams – including Star Wars 1:45
Note books flat on table.
https://youtu.be/BXp2_jT9iL0

Recreating Dance Monkey using “Soundtrap”
https://youtu.be/qZlpeEJ0szw

 

Tuned Drinking Glasses!!
Toto – Africa
Darude – Sandstorm
Under the Sea
https://www.facebook.com/TotoAfricaMemes/videos/159487895481394/

Derek Nance – Karen Buckwalter’s Nocturn in A minor.
https://youtu.be/dCHf1_mn7mA

Bell Matters – Bell Trees – Venita MacGorman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrXexrGeDCc

 Hurdy-Gurdy – those who like the Becalmed themes can see the real instrument that plays it!
A violin of sorts with a spinning rosin wheel and keys that push down on the frets. Very cool!
https://www.facebook.com/buho.filosofo/videos/2457985314300790/

As of the writing of this article, Kath has been distance teaching her 5th-8th grade handbell classes at Redeemer Classical School (Harrisonburg, Va.) for 8 weeks, with one week to go. She has enjoyed the challenge of devising engaging, broadening lessons for her ringers using unison exercises to play along with pieces in their repertoire, tuned drinking glass activities, an ongoing composition project that was well underway before school was dismissed – and a wide variety of online resources showcasing other bell ringers doing creative performances and projects, a variety of performers using tuned percussive instruments in interesting ways and unusual instruments being demonstrated. While missing the traditional outreach concerts (one per grade per semester) and end-of-year school performances, Kath embraces a “do the best with what you have” attitude and has truly enjoyed being stretched in new ways and being able to expose her ringers to experiences far beyond what she could present in the normal classroom rehearsal time.

In response to friend Ali O’Connell’s request for a piece for a student who had 2 octaves of chimes at home, Kath wrote Solo Time 1: Better Days Ahead/My Heart Sings, a 3-part piece that carefully teaches beginning solo ringing techniques: off the table, passing and weaving. It will be released soon through ringTrue at Jeffers (RE6531AB). She plans to write a series of these Solo Time experiences in the next few months.

Music Educators Creating Online Learning FB page has been a valuable resource throughout these 2 months. You can also share your own experiences teaching handbells on Handbell Educators FB page (which Kath administers) – or contact her at Longwalk3@aol.com.


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