Thomas A. Alspaugh
Bastow Little Bob Minimus

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# Basics

Bastow is a handy method for small bands. The treble alternates between two blows in seconds and two blows in leads, even simpler than Plain Hunt. The remaining three bells dodge at the back, lie back, dodge, and hunt in to leads and out again without dodging

For Minimus, there are:

4. The treble

The coursing order is 2-4-3 (or any rotation of it, namely 4-3-2 or 3-2-4).

Scissors dodge

The Back

The landmarks are:

1. Dodge 3‑4 Up

You dodge up in 4-3 with your course bell, who is dodging down.

2. The Back

You strike two blows at the back (in 4ths).

(While you are at the back, the treble is in leads.)

3. Dodge 3‑4 Down

You dodge down in 3-4 with your after bell.

You strike two blows in leads.

(Your course and after bells are dodging while you are in leads.)

Where in this cycle you start depends on your bell.

Odd bells begin by moving out, even bells by moving in.

# The Sequence of Landmarks and Passing the Treble

The 3 is an odd-numbered bell so it begins by moving out, in Dodge 3‑4 Up.

The 2 and 4 are even-numbered bells so they begin by moving in. The 2 has nowhere to go except into leads, so it begins with Leads. The 4 begins with Dodge 3‑4 Down.

The treble only rings in leads and 2nds, so each bell passes the treble only in 2-1 going in and 1-2 going out. (For the future: In more complicated methods, you will pass the treble in more positions, and which position you pass it in can help you keep track of where you are in the method.)

# Useful Facts

If you are ringing the 2, 3, or 4:

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You are in Leads under the treble.
1. You take the treble off leads.
2. The treble takes you off leads.
2. Dodge 3‑4 Up
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You dodge up with your course bell.
3. The Back
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Your two strokes at the back are over your course and after bells.
1. You take your course bell off the back.
2. Your after bell takes you off the back.
3. The treble is leading while you are at the back (it is leading whenever anyone is at the back).
4. Dodge 3‑4 Down
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You dodge down with your after bell.

If you are ringing the treble:

1. You make 2nds over the 2, 4, and 3, over and over.

(The coursing order is 2-4-3, by the way).

2. Whenever you make 2nds, two bells are dodging.
3. Whenever you are in leads, a bell is at the back. The bell at the back is the 3, then the 2, then the 4, over and over.

(The coursing order is 2-4-3, by the way).

# Example: the 2

(The coursing order is 2-4-3)

 Your bell is the 2 3 4

The 2's first landmark is Leads.

The 2 passes the treble in 2-1 (down).

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The 3 and 4 are dodging.
12143

The 2 passes the treble in 1-2 (up).
22134
31243
The 2 dodges up
with the 3.
(The 4 is leading during the middle
two strokes of the dodge.)
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41423
54132
64123
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The 2 dodges down
with the 4.
(The 3 is leading during the middle
two strokes of the dodge.)
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81342
93124
103142
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The 2 passes the treble in 2-1 (down).

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# Example: the treble

(The coursing order is 2-4-3)

The treble has no course or after bell, but which bell it makes 2nds over follows the coursing order..

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The treble makes 2nds
over the 2.
12143
22134
31243
41423
41423
The treble makes 2nds
over the 4.
54132
64123
71432
81342
81342
The treble makes 2nds
over the 3.
93124
103142
111324
121234

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