Thomas A. Alspaugh
Ringing Plain Bob Minor by Following

# Basics

For Minor, there are:

4. The treble
5. Two other bells

The coursing order is 2-4-6-5-3.

The five landmarks are:

1. Dodge 3‑4 Down

You dodge down (in) with another bell in 4-3.

(This dodge is done with your course bell's course bell, here termed your course² bell.)

2. Dodge 5‑6 Down

You dodge down (in) with another bell in 6-5.

(This dodge is done with your after bell.)

3. Dodge 5‑6 Up

You dodge up (out) with another bell in 5-6.

(This dodge is done with your course bell.)

4. Dodge 3‑4 Up

You dodge up (out) with another bell in 3-4.

(This dodge is done with your after bell's after bell, here termed your after² bell.)

5. Make 2nds

After ringing your two usual blows in leads, you ring two successive blows in 2nds, then back to leads for two more blows.

You always Make 2nds over the treble in Plain Bob.

All the dodges are scissors dodges. Unlike for Plain Bob Doubles, in which both dodges are with the same bell, the four dodges for Plain Bob Minor are with four different bells, so you dodge with everyone except the treble.

# The Sequence of Landmarks and Passing the Treble

Pass the treble
(going up) in:
Then do: Then pass the treble
(going down) in:
At the back = 5-6 Dodge 3‑4 Down 3-2
4-5 Dodge 5‑6 Down 4-3
3-2 Dodge 5‑6 Up 5-4
2-3 Dodge 3‑4 Up 6-5 = At the back
1-2 Make 2nds 2-1
Underscored places are those in which you ring over the treble.

The treble hunts straight out and straight in, with a period of 12 strokes; the treble makes 5 cycles between rounds. The other bells interrupt their hunting with dodges (in 3-4 and 5-6) and making 2nds, so it takes them longer: 14 strokes, plus an extra 4 strokes while Making 2nds, and they make only 4 cycles between rounds (plus Making 2nds). Consequently each other bell passes the treble ten times between rounds (4 hunting up and 4 hunting down, plus 1 each way for Making 2nds).

Whenever any bell is in a landmark, all the other bells (except the treble) are also in their own landmarks:

1. Whenever a bell is Dodging 3‑4 Down, it is dodging with its after² bell which is Dodging 3‑4 Up.
2. Its after bell is Dodging 5‑6 Down with its course² bell which is Dodging 5‑6 Up.
3. Its course bell is Making 2nds.

# Useful Facts

1. You Make 2nds over the treble.
2. You always turn your course bell
(= ring in 2nds over your course bell as you hunt down to lead)
except before you Make 2nds.
3. Your after bell always turns you
(= ring in 2nds over your after bell to start hunting up from lead)
except after you Make 2nds.
4. You are always over your course bell, after bell, or the treble at the back.
5. You always pass the other working bells in the coursing order (2-4-6-5-3) when hunting out and when hunting in, with the treble inserted at a point that depends on where you are among the landmarks.
Your
bell
passes
(out or in)
2 4-6-5-3
3 2-4-6-5
4 6-5-3-2
5 3-2-4-6
6 5-3-2-4

# Example: the 2

(The coursing order is 2-4-6-5-3)

 Your bell is the 2 3 4

The 2's first landmark is Dodge 3‑4 Down.

The 2 passes the
treble in 2-1 (down).
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The 2 passes the
treble in 5-6 (up).
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Dodge 3‑4 Down
The 2 dodges down with the 5,
which takes place over four
strokes.
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The 2 passes the treble in 3-2 (down).
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The 2 passes the
treble in 4-5 (up).
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Dodge 5‑6 Down
The 2 dodges down with the 4,
which takes place over four
strokes.
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The 2 passes the
treble in 4-3 (down).
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The 2 passes the
treble in 3-4 (up).
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Dodge 5‑6 Up
The 2 dodges up with the 3,
which takes place over four
strokes.
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The 2 passes the
treble in 5-4 (down).
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The 2 passes the treble in 2-3 (up).

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Dodge 3‑4 Up
The 2 dodges up with the 6,
which takes place over four
strokes.
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The 2 passes the
treble in 6-5 (down).
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The 2 passes the treble in 1-2 (up).

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Make 2nds
The 2 strikes its two blows in 2nds.
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# Example: the 3

(The coursing order is 2-4-6-5-3)

 Your bell is the 3 5 2

The 3's first landmark is Make 2nds.

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The 3 passes the
treble in 6-5 (down).
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The 3 passes the treble in 1-2 (up).

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Make 2nds
The 3 strikes its two blows in 2nds.
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The 3 passes the treble in 2-1 (down).
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The 3 passes the
treble in 5-6 (up).
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Dodge 3‑4 Down
The 3 dodges down with the 5,
which takes place over four
strokes.
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The 3 passes the treble in 3-2 (down).
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The 3 passes the
treble in 4-5 (up).
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Dodge 5‑6 Down
The 3 dodges down with the 4,
which takes place over four
strokes.
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The 3 passes the
treble in 4-3 (down).
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The 3 passes the
treble in 3-4 (up).
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Dodge 5‑6 Up
The 3 dodges up with the 3,
which takes place over four
strokes.
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The 3 passes the
treble in 5-4 (down).
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The 3 passes the treble in 2-3 (up).

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Dodge 3‑4 Up
The 3 dodges up with the 6,
which takes place over four
strokes.
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Blue line for
Plain Bob Minor

All bells for
Plain Bob Minor
All working bells
(2-6) perform
their landmarks
at the same time

Blue's course: Red
Blue's after: Green

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