What Learning to Ring Involves

The main steps in learning to ring are:

  • Be shown how a bell works and be briefed on learning safely
  • Learn in stages how to control a bell
  • Practice this until you can handle the bell safely and stop it when required
  • Start to ring with others and learn to ring your bell at the right time and speed
  • Learn to hear when your bell rings and to adjust the timing accordingly
  • Learn to change position with other bells when instructed
  • Take your first steps in change-ringing.


The Association of Ringing Teachers has a scheme called ‘Learning the Ropes’ with booklets to chart your progress.

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