Thomas A. Alspaugh
2010-02-02 Tu
  1. Don't let my arms go to their full extent — it's too tiring to do so.
  2. Keep doing what I am (usually about in time, reasonable ringing form) but do it with less effort.
  3. Tenoring for N bells: start to pull at the sound of the (N-2)th place bell.

    (Different ringers will do this differently, depending on how they pull.)

    I later learned that different numbers of bells ring at different speeds, so that e.g. 8 bells ring more closely spaced than 6 bells do, so any such rule of thumb only works for a specific number of bells. Now when tenoring behind 5 bells, I pull around the sound of the 2nd place bell (not the 5−2=3rd place bell).

  4. A senior ringer: The bell will tend to pull the tail of the rope through my L hand over time; I should expect to have to work back up the tail to stay in the right place.
    1. arms at right angle

      A bad position for the
      top of the backstroke

      Do so if:
      1. I'm having to exert too much force on the backstrokes a sign that the bell has risen too high at back, or
      2. my arms are bend at right angles at the top of the backstroke (see figure).
    2. Take up a little rope (at the bottom of the backstroke, when my hands are low); if that wasn't enough, take up a little more rope at the next backstroke.
    3. The best time: the bottom of the handbackstroke.

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