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Books for the More Experienced Ringer

Collection of Principles
Plain Methods
Doubles Collection
Paperback, ~65 pages, 8.25" x 5.75" x 0.125"

No longer available

Minor Methods
Treble Dodging Minor Methods
by Methods Committee -- CCCBR
CCCBR, 1996
The Method Ringer's Companion
by Steve Coleman
Teaches methods from Plain Bob Doubles through Spliced Surprise Major using detailed discussion of Blue Line, pieces of work, and interactions with key bells, all supported by method diagrams; organized in the same question-from-anxious-learner approach as Coleman's other books and offered in the same extremely supportive style.

Hardbound, 438 pages, 8.75" x 5.5" x 1.25", index

Sue Coleman Publishing, 1995

Raising and Lowering
by Philip Gay
Paperback; 32 pages; 8-1/4" x 5-3/4"

Discusses detailed technique from first go at raising alone through raising and lowering in peal

John LongridgeSeries, 1994

Learning Methods
by Michael J. de C. Henshaw
Discussion of techniques for learning methods: Vocabulary, Pieces of Work, Place Bells, Blue Line, Method Structure, Signposts, & Tricks of the Trade; Hereward Bob Minor is used as the main example and eight other commonly rung methods are also discussed.

Paperback, 71 pages, 8.25" x 5.75" x 0.25," diagrams, bibliography

CCCBR Education Committee, 2000

Method 300
by John Longridge
Surprise Minor to Maximus, some Alliance and Triples methods; presented entirely as blue lines

Paperback, ~80 pages, 8.25" x 5.75" x 0.125"


Standard 70
by John Longridge
Blue Lines and Lead End rows for Plain Bob Doubles through Spliced Surprise Maximus

Paperback, ~70 pages, 8.25" x 5.75" x 0.125"


Currently out of print

The Ringers Handbook
by E.S. & M. Powell
Elementary instruction beginning with bell handling and moving through discussion of Plain Bob, Grandsire, Stedman, and Kent Treble Bob at levels from Minimus to Major; diagrams of changes and lead ends.

Paperback, 134 pages, 7" x 4.75" x 0.375"

A.A. Southern, Ltd., Fourth Edition 2000

by Jasper & William Snowdon
Grids and Blue Lines of many methods

Hardbound, 4" x 6" x 0.5" 103 pages Copyright 2011 14th Edition

This is the reprinted version. Easier to read than the old text with additional methods.

by Jasper Snowdon
Introduction to change ringing covering full array of topics (from 19th century perspective) from the names of bell parts to conducting, using Plain Bob as the method of illustration

Paperback, 144 pages, 7" x 4.75" x 0.375"

Revised by William Snowdon and reprinted in 1987

Campanalogia, or, The art of ringing improved: With plain and easie rules to guide the practitioner in the ringing all kinds of changes: to which is added, great variety of new peals
by Fabian Stedman
Hardback Facsimiile

Originally Published in 1677

Change Ringing: The Art and Science of Change Ringing on Church and Hand Bells
by Wilfrid G. Wilson
Covers the entire topic of change ringing from labeling of bell parts and technique of handling to conducting and peal compositions; photographs of bells and many illustrations of methods; index.

Hardbound, 238 pages, 10" x 6.5" x 1"

Freda P. Willgress, Originally published 1965

Change Ringing on Handbells
by Chris W. Woolley
CCCBR, 1959