Thomas A. Alspaugh
Ringing Plain Bob Doubles by Following

Basics

For Doubles, there are:

1. Your bell
2. Your course bell
3. Your after bell
4. The treble
5. Your other bell (not a standard term, and only useful in Doubles)

The coursing order is 5-3-2-4.

Landmark is my term, not a standard one in ringing

The four landmarks are:

1. Dodge 3‑4 Down

You dodge down (in) with your other bell in 4-3:

1. you ring in 4ths;
2. then in 3rds (with your other bell in 4ths);
3. then step back to 4ths (trading places with your other bell which is now in 3rds);
4. and finally continue down in 3rds.

The dodges in Plain Bob are scissors dodges, in which you swap places with your other bell for all four strokes.

When you are doing Dodge 3‑4 Down, your other bell is doing its Dodge 3‑4 Up.

2. Long 5ths

Four successive blows in 5ths place, rather than the usual two.

3. Dodge 3‑4 Up

You dodge up (out) with another bell in 4-3:

1. you ring in 3rds;
2. then in 4ths (with the other bell in 3rds);
3. then step back to 3rds (trading places with the other bell which is now in 4ths);
4. Make 2nds

and finally continue down in 4ths.

When you are doing Dodge 3‑4 Up the other bell is doing its Dodge 3‑4 Down.

4. Make 2nds

After ringing your two usual blows in leads, you ring two successive blows in 2nds, then back to leads for two more blows.

You always Make 2nds over the treble in Plain Bob.

The four landmarks occur in this rotation, with the beginning point depending on your bell.

1. You hunt out to the back, strike two blows at the back, then hunt in, interposing Dodge 3‑4 Down on your way in.
2. You strike two blows at lead, then hunt out, doing Long 5ths rather than the usual two blows at the back, then hunt in.
3. You strike two blows at lead, then hunt out, interposing Dodge 3‑4 Up on your way out; the usual two blows at the back, then hunt in.
4. You strike two blows at lead, then Make 2nds.

The Sequence of Landmarks and Passing the Treble

Pass the treble
(going up) in:
Then do: Then pass the treble
(going down) in:
At the back = 4-5 Dodge 3‑4 Down 3-2
3-4 Long 5ths 4-3
2-3 Dodge 3‑4 Up 5-4 = At the back
1-2 Make 2nds 2-1
Underscored places are those in which you ring over the treble.

The treble hunts straight out and straight in, with a period of 10 strokes; the treble makes 4 cycles between rounds. The other bells interrupt their hunting with dodges, long 5ths, and making 2nds, so it takes them longer: 12 strokes, plus an extra 4 strokes while Making 2nds, and they make only 3 cycles between rounds (plus Making 2nds). Consequently each other bell passes the treble eight times between rounds (3 hunting up and 3 hunting down, plus 1 each way for Making 2nds).

This information is traditionally summarized by the clock for this method.

Whenever any bell is in a landmark, all the other bells (except the treble) are also in their own landmarks:

1. Whenever a bell is Dodging 3‑4 Down, it is dodging with its other bell which is Dodging 3‑4 Up.
2. Its course bell is Making 2nds under it.
3. Its after bell is in Long 5ths over it.

Useful Facts

1. You-treble-…
Treble-you-…
Treble-you-…
You-treble-…
You Make 2nds over the treble.
1. The treble turns you before you Make 2nds.
2. You turn the treble after you Make 2nds.

(Your course and after bells are dodging over you.)

(Your other bell is in Long 5ths over them.)

2. Course-you-…
You-course-…
You-after-…
After-you-…
You always turn your course bell
• = take your course bell off lead
• = ring in 2nds (backstroke) over your course bell before ringing your first lead (handstroke)

except before you Make 2nds.

3. Course-you-…
You-course-…
You-after-…
After-you-…
You are always turned by your after bell
• = your after bell takes you off lead
• = ring in 2nds (handstroke) over your after bell after ringing your second lead (backstroke)

except after you Make 2nds.

4. …-treble-you-course
…-after-course-you
…-course-after-you
…-after-course-you
…-course-after-you
…-treble-you-after
The four strokes of Long 5ths are over course‑after‑course‑after (they are dodging).
1. You always go into Long 5ths after ringing in 4ths (backstroke) over the treble.
2. You always leave Long 5ths by ringing in 4ths (handstroke) over the treble.

(Your course and after bells are dodging under you.)

(Your other bell is Making 2nds under them.)

5. Both dodges are with your other bell.
1. Dodge 3‑4 Down
course-treble-other-you-…
treble-course-you-other-…
treble-course-other-you-…
course-treble-you-other-…
Dodge 3‑4 Down.
1. You dodge with your other bell.
2. You are over your course bell for the first stroke under your other bell (handstroke).
3. You are over the treble coming out (handstroke).

(Your course bell is making 2nds over the treble under your dodge.)

(Your after bell is is in Long 5ths over your dodge.)

2. Dodge 3‑4 Up
after-treble-you-other-…
treble-after-other-you-…
treble-after-you-other-…
after-treble-other-you-…
Dodge 3‑4 Up.
1. You dodge with your other bell.
2. You are over the treble going in (backstroke).
3. You are over your after bell for the second stroke under your other bell (handstroke).

(Your after bell is making 2nds over the treble under your dodge.)

(Your course bell is in over 5nds over your dodge.)

6. You are always over your course bell, after bell, or the treble at the back.
1. Before Dodge 3‑4 Down, you are at the back over treble-after.
2. (As mentioned above, Long 5ths is over course-after-course-after.)
3. After Dodge 3‑4 Up, you are at the back over course-treble.
7. The bell you pass in 2‑3 (going out) and 3‑2 (coming in) is always either the treble or the other bell.
8. Several of the above facts are a consequence of this overall fact:

You always pass the other working bells in the coursing order (2-4-5-3) when hunting out and when hunting in, with the treble inserted at a point that depends on where you are among the landmarks.

Your
bell
passes
(out or in)
2 4-5-3
3 2-4-5
4 5-3-2
5 3-2-4

When you dodge, you step back in the coursing order to make the dodge. For example, the 2 hunting down and making its Dodge 3‑4 Down follows 4-5-3-5-1-3, stepping back to follow the 5.

Example: the 2

(The coursing order is 2-4-5-3)

 Your bell is the 2 3 4 5

The 2's first landmark is Dodge 3‑4 Down.

The 2 passes the
treble in 2-1 (down).
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The 2 passes the
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Dodge 3‑4 Down
The 2 dodges down with 5,
which takes place over four
strokes.
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The 2 passes the treble in 3-2 (down).
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The 2 passes the
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Long 5ths
The 2 strikes
its four blows
in 5ths.
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The 2 passes the
treble in 4-3 (down).
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The 2 passes the treble in 2-3 (up).

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Dodge 3‑4 Up
The 2 dodges up with 5,
which takes place over four
strokes.
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The 2 passes the
treble in 5-4 (down).
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The 2 passes the treble in 1-2 (up).

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Make 2nds
The 2 strikes its two blows in 2nds.
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Example: the 3

(The coursing order is 2-4-5-3)

 Your bell is the 3 5 2 4

The 3's first landmark is Make 2nds.

In rounds the 3 is in its third blow of
Dodge 3‑4 Up
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The 3 passes the
treble in 5-4 (down).
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Make 2nds
The 3 strikes its two blows in 2nds.
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The 3 passes the
treble in 4-5 (up).
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Dodge 3‑4 Down
The 3 dodges down with 4,
which takes place over four
strokes.
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The 3 passes the treble in 3-2 (down).
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The 3 passes the
treble in 3-4 (up).
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Long 5ths
The 3 strikes
its four blows
in 5ths.
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The 3 passes the
treble in 4-3 (down).
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The 3 passes the treble in 2-3 (up).

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Dodge 3‑4 Up
The 3 dodges up with 4,
which takes place over four
strokes.
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Blue line for
Plain Bob Doubles

All bells for
Plain Bob Doubles
All working bells
(2-5) perform
their landmarks at
the same time

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