Thomas A. Alspaugh
Calling Down

# The cases in calling down

## What's left?

### Case 5: All other calls (you are unaffected)

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Call Changes are a way to ring different rows on the fly. The conductor calls out each change (thus the name Call Changes) at a handstroke, and the band rearranges themselves for the next handstroke.

Each down-call is of the form A to B or A to lead, where A and B are bells. A to B means that starting with the next handstroke, A will follow B. A to lead means that starting with the next handstroke, A will lead.

• If you are A, you will move in one place.
• If you are B, you will stay in the same place.
• If you were following B, you will move out one place even though you weren't named in the call.
• For A to lead, if you were leading, you will move out one place.

# Calling down

 Before the call: 123456 The call: 5 to 3 123546
 Before the call: 123546 The call: 2 to lead 213546
 Before the call: 213546 The call: 2 to 1 ✖

Not a valid call: the 2 was called from leads to 2nds, and that's calling up. In calling down, one can only call a bell in a higher place to a lower place.

 Before the call: 213546 The call: 6 to 1 ✖

Not a valid call: the 6 would have to move three places to follow the one, and bells can only be called to move one place lower.

 Before the call: 123456 The call: 5 to 3 123546 The call: 3 to 1 132546 The call: 5 to 3 135246 (Queen's change) The call: 2 to 3 132546 The call: 4 to 2 132456 The call: 2 to 1 123456

# The cases in calling down

This section outlines the cases you have to deal with when ringing call changes that are called down. There are nine:

• Cases 0, 0a, 1, 1a: Your bell is mentioned in the call (another bell called to you, you are called to another bell, you are called to lead). For Case 0 (another bell called to you) you don't have to do anything, except recognize that you don't have to do anything.
• Cases 2, 2a: A bell is called to the bell you are following, or (if you are leading) a bell is called to lead, and you start following a different bell.
• Cases 3, 4: The first five cases are essential, but these are just helpful: The bell you are following or leading off, or the bell it is following or leading off, is called away. You stay in the same place, but the list of bells you need to keep in mind in order to be ready for Cases 2 and 2a changes.
• Case 5: The cleanup case: all the other calls, for which you don't have to do anything and you don't have anything urgent to figure out.

In the descriptions of the cases, you are ringing bell B. The other bells around you are C, D, etc. represents 0 or more unaffected bells. Bells named in the call are in bold.

Case
0 0a 1 1a 2 2a 3 4 5
Before: All others
After:
Your place: No change -1 +1 No change
You follow: Was -2 First in call Was -2
Two ahead: Was -3 Was -1 First in call Was -3

## Your bell is named in the call

### Case 0: A bell is called to you (five or more bells) (you are unaffected)

The bell two places behind will change places with the bell following you. You will continue in the same place, following or leading off the same bell, and it is following or leading off the same bell. You were named in the call but you don't have to do anything and the two bells in front of you stay the same. This case only occurs for five or more bells, when you are at least two places down from the back.

 Before the call: The call: D to B

In response to the call:

1. You stay in the same place!
2. You are still following or leading off the same bell.
3. It is still following or leading off the same bell.

You are ringing the 5 in 4ths.

 Before the call: 214536 The call: 6 to 5 214563 You are still in 4ths, still following the 4, which is still following the treble

You are ringing the treble in 2nds.

 Before the call: 214536 The call: 5 to 1 215436 You are still in 2nds, still following the 2, which is still leading off the 6

You are ringing the 2 in leads.

 Before the call: 214536 The call: 4 to 2 241536 You are still leading off the 6, which is still following the 3

### Case 0a: A bell is called to you (four bells only)

The bell two places behind will change places with the bell following you. You will continue in the same place, following or leading off the same bell, but it will be following or leading off another bell (the one that had been following you). You were named in the call but you don't have to do anything except figure out which bell will be two places ahead. This case only occurs for four bells, when you are in leads or 2nds.

You are in 2nds
Before the call:
The call: D to B
Before the call:
The call: D to B

In response to the call:

1. You stay in the same place!
2. You are still following or leading off the same bell.
3. You will need to figure out which bell is two places ahead.

You are ringing the 2 in leads out of four bells.

 Before the call: 2143 The call: 4 to 2 2413 You are still leading off the 3, but it is now following the treble

You are ringing the treble in 2nds out of four bells.

 Before the call: 2143 The call: 3 to 1 2134 You are still in 2nds following the 2, but it is now leading off the 4

### Case 1: You are called to a bell

You will change places with the bell you have been following, moving in/down one place. This call can only be made when you are in 3rds or later; the bell you are called to can only be the bell two places ahead of you.

 Before the call: The call: B to C

In response to the call:

1. At the next backstroke, pull with a little less oomph so you can cut the next handstroke to move in/down one place.
2. Cut the next handstroke to move in/down one place, following the bell you were called to (C).
3. Now you are one place further to the front than you were, following the bell you were called to. The bell you had been following (D) is now following you. The bell it had been following was the one you were called to (C).

You will want to figure out which bell it is following or leading off (= which bell is now two places before you) so you will be ready in case the bell you are following is called away.

You are ringing the 5 in 4ths following the 2 which is following the 3.

 Before the call: 132546 The call: 5 to 3 135246 You are in 3rds following the 3, which you will figure out is following the treble

You are ringing the 2 in 3rds, following the 3 which is following the 2.

 Before the call: 132546 The call: 2 to 1 123546 You are in 2nds following the treble, which you will figure out is leading off the 6

### Case 1a: You are called to lead

You will change places with the bell in leads, moving in/down to leads yourself. This can only occur when you are in 2nds.

 Before the call: The call: B to lead

In response to the call:

1. At the next backstroke, pull with a little less oomph so you can cut the next handstroke to move in/down to leads.
2. Cut the next handstroke to move in/down to leads. To time your stroke, listen to the sequence of bells and/or watch the bell ringing at the back.
3. Now you are in leads.

If you did not already, you will probably want to figure out which bell is at the back so you can watch its rope as you time your stroke.

If you did not already, you will probably want to figure out which bell it is following, to be prepared in case the bell you are leading off is called away.

You are ringing the 5 in 2nds, following the treble which is leading off the 6.

 Before the call: 153246 The call: 5 to lead 513246 You are leading off the 6, which you will figure out is following the 4

## A bell is called to ring in front of you

### Case 2: A bell is called to the bell you are following

You will change places with the bell called to the bell you are following. That bell is currently following you (otherwise it couldn't be called to the bell you are following). You will move out/up one place. This call can only occur if you are in 2nds place or later, but not at the back..

 Before the call: The call: D to C

In response to the call:

1. At the next backstroke, pull with a little more oomph so you can hold up the next handstroke to move out/up to 3rds place.
2. Hold up the next handstroke to move out/up one place following the D.
3. Now you are following the D, and the D is following the C, the bell you had been following.

You don't have to figure anything out, as both bells were named in the call.

You are ringing the 5 in 3rds, following the 3 which is following the treble.

 Before the call: 135246 The call: 2 to 3 132546 You are in 4ths following the 2, which is following the 3

You are ringing the 3 in 2nds, following the treble which is leading off the 6.

 Before the call: 135246 The call: 5 to 1 153246 You are in 3rds following the 5, which is following the treble

### Case 2a: You are in leads, and a bell is called to lead

Only one call can change your place when you when you are in leads: another bell is called to lead. The only bell that can be called to lead is the bell in 2nds place (all the others are too far away).

You will change places with the bell called to lead, moving one place out.

 Before the call: The call: D to lead

In response to the call:

1. At the next backstroke, pull with a little more oomph so you can hold up the handstroke to move out/up to 2nds place.
2. Hold up the next handstroke to move out/up to 2nds place after the D.
3. Now you follow the D, in 2nds place.

You don't have to figure anything out. The bell you now follow was named in the call, and the bell the D is leading off is the bell you had been leading off.

You are ringing the 5, leading off the 6 which is following the 4.

 Before the call: 513246 The call: 1 to lead 153246 You are in 2nds following the treble, which is leading off the 6

## Bells one or two in front of you are called away

### Case 3: The bell you are following or leading off is called away

The bell you are following or leading off will change places with the bell it is following. You will continue in the same place, but will be following or leading off a different bell. This case cannot occur if you are in 2nds place.

If you are in 3rds
Before the call:
If you are in 4ths or later
Before the call:
The call: E to C
Before the call:
The call: E to C

In response to the call:

1. You stay in the same place!
2. At the next handstroke, be prepared to follow or lead off the D instead of the E.

If you had not already figured out which bell is two places ahead of you, you need to do so now (or hold your place steadily and pay attention after the call takes effect), as D was not named in the call.

After the call, the D should be looking at the E, the bell you had been following, and if you can identify bells by pitch you can hear which bell is ringing in front of you.

3. Now you are following the the D, and the D is following the E, the bell you had been following.

You are ringing the 5 in 4ths, following the 2 which is following the 4.

 Before the call: 142536 The call: 2 to 1 124536 You are still in 4ths, following the 4 which is following the 2

You are ringing the treble in leads, leading off the 6 which is following the 3.

 Before the call: 142536 The call: 6 to 5 142563 You are still in leads, leading off the 3 which is following the 6

### Case 4: The bell two places ahead is called away to some other bell

The bell two places ahead will change places with the bell it is following. You will continue in the same place, following or leading off the same bell, but will be two places back from a different bell. This case cannot occur if you are in 3rds.

This case only occurs with five or more bells. In the case of four bells, for the bell two places ahead to be called away, it has to be called to you; that is Case 0a.

If you are in 5ths or later
Before the call:
The call: E to C
If you are in 4ths
Before the call:
If you are in 2nds
Before the call:
The call: E to C
Before the call:
The call: E to C

In response to the call:

1. You stay in the same place!
2. You are still following or leading off the same bell.
3. The bell two places ahead is now the D. The D was not named in the call so you will have to figure out which bell is two ahead of you.

You are ringing the 3 in 5ths, following the 4 which is following the 5.

 Before the call: 124536 The call: 4 to 1 142536 You are still in 5ths following the 5, but it is now following the 2

You are ringing the 5 in 4ths, following the 4 which is following the 2.

 Before the call: 124536 The call: 2 to lead 214536 You are still in 4ths following the 4, but it is now following the treble

You are ringing the 2 in 2nds, following the treble which is leading off the 6.

 Before the call: 124536 The call: 2 to lead 124563 You are still in 2nds following the treble, but it is now leading off the 3

You are ringing the treble in leads, leading of the 6 which is following the 3.

 Before the call: 124536 The call: 3 to 4 124356 You are still in leads leading off the 6, but it is now following the 5

## What's left?

### Case 5: All other calls (you are unaffected)

You are unaffected, and the two bells in front of you are also unaffected. Relax and keep ringing.

If you are in 6ths or later
Before the call: EFG…CDB
The call: G to E EGF…CDB
If you are in 5ths or later
Before the call: EF…CDB
The call: F to lead FE…CDB
If you are in nths (2nds or later),
out of at least n+6 bells
Before the call: …ABDEFGH…
The call: F to D …ABDFEGH…