Tip: Pressing the Play button (or 'g' key) will ring the
method (press it again to stop). You can ring one or two
bells manually using the Sally buttons or the keyboard.
The right button or 'j' key is bell 1 and the left button or 'f' key is bell 2. Go to the Settings tab to select which bells to ring manually.
Tip: If you have a keyboard you can use the 'h', 'j' and 'k' keys or Left, Down and Right cursor keys for hunt down, make place and hunt up instead of clicking the buttons.
The starting bell is chosen at random from the working bells to encourage you to learn all the starting positions. If you want to start with a particular bell just keep pressing the Go button (arrow circle) or the 'g' key until it comes up with the bell you want.
This application is intended to improve your bell listening skills. Each time you press the New errors (circle arrow) button a new set of random striking errors will be generated. Your task is to use the sliders above to adjust the striking of each bell to reduce the number of errors to zero. To achieve a maximum score you need to correct all the striking errors with the minimum number of adjustments.
In the settings tab you can adjust the error parameters to make the task easier or more difficult. When playing a method I suggest you initially set the maximum number of strokes with errors to 1.
I suggest setting the "method" to rounds until you get your ears trained! Sometimes making an adjustment may not take effect for a few seconds so please listen for a few changes before making your next adjustment.
If you are stuck press the Reveal Errors button to show the current errors.
This is a simple quiz where you have to guess the method by listening to it. This can help to improve your listening skills. You can select the methods used in the quiz in the Settings tab. Press the start button to start the quiz.
How many bells are ringing?
Is there a cover bell?
Is this a method (treble plain hunts or treble bobs) or a principle (where all the bells do the same thing)?
Is the treble plain hunting or treble bobbing?
Which method is it?
Well done! You have correctly identified the method being rung. Press Next to play again.
Your choice was not correct, please try again.
Tip: There are no tips at the moment.
This is a simple web app to display and learn change ringing methods. For more information about change ringing see the change ringing article on Wikipedia.
The difference between this website and others that display method blue lines is that this runs entirely in your web browser, it does not rely on any software running on the web server. It also has a practice mode for learning the line and you can listen to the methods being rung.
I mainly wrote it to see what can be done with a modern web application but I think it has evolved to the point of being reasonably useful.
This app uses a technique which stores the web application on your computer or tablet so if you return to this page it should still work even if you are offline. So if you bookmark this page on your tablet or phone you can use it wherever you are.
I have noticed that sometimes when I make changes to this app they do not get fully downloaded. I am looking into this but if you find that something isn't working properly that might be the reason. If this happens you can try using Ctrl-F5 to cause the browser to refresh the page from the server. If you are using the Chrome browser you can also fix it by deleting the app from the browser cache here by pasting this into the browser address: chrome://appcache-internals/ and then clicking remove for the http://tadhill.com/ringing/manifest.appcache item.
The list of methods includes all those in the current and previous editions of "Diagrams" and those in the Ringing World Diary 2014. I can easily add other methods, just let me know what you would like to see. I don't want to put the complete CCCBR methods collection into this application as that contains far too many methods for the casual ringer. If you are the sort of ringer that rings that stuff you probably don't need this app!
You can link directly to a method and tab like this:
http://tadhill.com/ringing?name=Grandsire&number=Doubles http://tadhill.com/ringing/print.html?name=Cambridge Surprise&number=Major http://tadhill.com/ringing?name=Stedman&number=Triples&tab=learn http://tadhill.com/ringing?name=Stedman&number=Triples&sound=exeter&play=true
The second form links to a printable page. The fourth form sets the bell sounds (values are synth, exeter, crediton, num and numbells) and starts ringing as soon as the page is loaded.
- Add Original Minor (by request).
- Hopefully fix problems with audio not sounding on iOS devices. Add Erin and some cinques methods. Implement Quiz mode. Speed setting now works separately for each number of bells.
- Add support for selecting methods for splicing.
- Add Julie McDonnell Bob Doubles variation.
- Add Eynsham, St Alban and St Leonard doubles variations.
- Add Seighford and Little Aston doubles variations.
- Add St George Bob Minor and The Dragon Bob Minor.
- Fix bug in Learn tab when plain hunt selected. Add support for arrow keys in Learn tab.
- Fix Firefox layout problem with Learn tab. Add bank details for donations.
- Add alternative sets of bell sounds, Exeter Cathedral, Crediton and Spoken Numbers. These came from the ringingtraining wiki.
- Fix problems with keyboard focus on blue line and line learning tabs.
- Fix an iPad bug where once Settings tab is selected you can't switch to another tab. It appears that on the iPad saving the settings is throwing an exception due to quota exceeded. Removed the technical and history sections of this page.
- Add facility to ring bells manually from the blue line tab. When playing synchronise cursor to row correctly. Change speed setting from changes per minute to peal time. The manual ringing is working OK on a PC using the keyboard but when using the on-screen buttons the latency is too high so this makes it difficult to use on an Android tablet (but iPad seems to be OK).
- I was asked to ring in a quarter of Middlesex Bob Triples and when I looked it I realised the bobs and singles were wrong so I have corrected them. I think some of the other triples calls could well be wrong too.
- Add Reverse St Bartholomew Doubles and Grandsire Caters. Fix Little Grandsire Caters.
- Add methods St Bartholemew Doubles and Trick or Treat Minor.
- Add a few more doubles variations.
- Since it is now April I have added doubles variations April Day and May Day to the methods database. Fixed problem with Stedman singles not displaying. Improved display of calls when more than one change is affected. Fixed problem with URL for methods with space in name.
- Save settings so that method, number and things on settings tab are restored when you reload the app again.
- Add option to Listening mode so that errors move with the bell (as in real ringing, one bell might be early or late on one stroke) previously the error stayed in the same position in the row. Add scale to Listening slider controls. Thanks to David Teall for these suggestions. Fix bug in changing the minimum and maximum error values. Improve accuracy of moving cursor when playing the blue line (but this is still not as good as I would like).
- When playing audio changes were incorrectly starting at backstroke, now they start at handstroke. Thanks to Chris de Cordova for pointing out this bug. Added a bob & single for Scientific Triples, thanks to Jane Hooker for these. I have heard there is more than one type of bob for this principle but the program will need some minor reworking to support that.
- Added methods from 2011 edition of Diagrams.
- Changed help text. Added methods from Ringing World Diary.
- Corrected some bobs and singles, all calls should be correct now.
- Add reveal errors button to listening mode. Implement adjusting striking error parameters.
- New icons for buttons. When changing number of bells keep method the same if possible.
- Fix bug in learn mode where error count was no longer displayed.
- Fix bug in listening mode where errors in cover bells were not heard.
- Preliminary version of listening tab implemented.
- Fix bug which broke IE display.
- Cosmetic changes.
- Make buttons look correct on iPad.
- Add facility to link to a specific tab and update the documentation. Make stop work more quickly and allow ringing speed to change dynamically.
- Detect when application has been updated and display alert. Add Settings tab with speed control. Use higher octave for playing 3 or 4 bell methods.
- Added sound output. Sound requires a browser that supports the Web Audio API (Chrome, Firefox and Apple, not Internet Explorer).
- Added manual touch mode.
- Add random touches to practice mode. Blue line and learn mode now work on IE8 and later. Print view works on IE9 and later.
I am thinking about a ropesight learning tool. This would have animated ropes/sallies or perhaps ringers synchronised with audio.
Other things on my to do list are:
- Improving the print display for higher numbers of bells.
- Adding touches for some methods.
- Kaleidoscope ringing.
If you find any bugs or have suggestions for improvements please let me know and if you really like this app you can send a donation to the St Giles, Leigh on Mendip tower fund.
The account is : Leigh on Mendip Bellringers
Sort Code : 40-21-19
Account Number: 91627600
Also have a look at the rest of my website for other bell ringing information.
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