Where do I start? In the area above this text, the top diagram shows the rows of changes in plain hunt, starting from rounds and ending in rounds. The five drawings below it show the individual work of each bell, the bell moves places in accordance with the blue line and follows rings after the bell to the left that is coloured Black. The other bells are shaded over to enable you to focus on the bell you must follow. The columns represent the places, the left column is 'leading', then moving towards the right, the next column is '2nds Place', then '3rd Place' etcetera. The No. Notice that bells 1 to 5 all do the same shaped Blue line but start from different places upon it.
Getting Started: Your Tutor's Preferences
Each bell starts at a different point in this cycle, depending on its initial position. The other odd bells the ones in 3rds, 5ths, etc. Even bells in 2nds, 4ths, etc. If there are an odd number of bells, the last bell has no one to trade places with initially so it strikes one more blow in the same position before hunting in. The audio file begins at line 1, with the bells in sequence E-F-C-D at handstroke, then E-C-F-D at backstroke grey background in diagram , and so forth until at the eighth row they are back in rounds and the audio ends. The handstroke pause helps the ringers keep track of where they are, and gives the ringing a nice sound. Plain Hunt on Four with tenor behind. Having a tenor behind helps keep all the other bells steady; the tenor can concentrate on ringing at an even pace, and the other bells can use it as a constant landmark as they move about. Plain Hunt on Four with two covers. Having two covers helps keep all the other bells steady; the two covers can concentrate on ringing at a steady pace and keeping the proper interval between them, so the other bells can more easily tell when to strike.
Miami Guild of Change Ringers
Plain Hunting is really simple, BUT explaining how to do it is difficult. It is so easy that once you can do it you wonder why it took you so long! One of the problems is that different people find the bells to follow in different ways. So experienced ringers try to explain it to you, and you get all the different ways of doing it mixed up and confused. I think that more people give up ringing at the learning to hunt stage than at any other time.
In method ringing , a branch of change ringing , the ringing pattern known as plain hunt is the simplest method of generating continuously changing sequences, and is a fundamental building-block of method ringing. Plain hunting consists of a linear undeviating course of a bell between the first and last places in the striking order, with two strikes in the first and last position to enable a turn-around. On eight bells this is shown in the accompanying diagram below, where all the bells are plain hunting. The bells are written out in their striking order, and each sequence is a "change":. Thus each bell moves one position at each succeeding change, unless they reach the first or last position, when they remain there for two changes then proceed to the other end of the sequence. This simple rule can be extended to any number of bells, so that on 12 bells for instance, 24 unique changes can be obtained. Plain hunt is limited to a small number of possible different changes, which is numerically equal to twice the number of bells that are hunting. However, by introducing deviations from the plain hunt, by causing some of the bells to change their relationship to the others, change ringing "methods" were developed.