Method Ringing

Method Ringing is the goal of most ringers.

A method is a list of changes to be rung based on a set of rules.

The simplest method is called "Plain Hunting".

Example - plain hunting on 4 bells

1 2 3 4 - Start with rounds

2 1 4 3 - Swap first pair of bells and second pair

2 4 1 3 - Swap middle pair of bells

4 2 3 1 - Swap first pair of bells and second pair

4 3 2 1 - Swap middle pair of bells

3 4 1 2 - Swap first pair of bells and second pair

3 1 4 2 - Swap middle pair of bells

1 3 2 4 - Swap first pair of bells and second pair

1 2 3 4 - Swap middle pair of bells (back to rounds) 

To ring the method, each ringer has to memorise what position 

his/her bell is in at every change; to help with this a line is

drawn to show the path on a particular bell in the method. To

the left is a picture of Cambridge Surprise Minor with the path 

of the 6th bell drawn in.