You can play handbells.

Handbells are almost completely unheard of in some areas.They can be played in a choir or as a solo instrument, but only using techniques that are not used on any other instrument.People of all ages and experience levels can enjoy the unique musical and visual experience that hand bells offer.

Step 1: There is a handbell choir in your area.

Some schools and churches have them, but you may be able to find a large community choir.If you live in an area with more than one choir nearby, look into your options.Some programs are more serious than others.Especially in churches, the members are often older, but it’s not unusual to see a handbell choir with people of many ages.You should find one that will make you feel comfortable.If there isn’t an active choir in your area, you might want to start one.

Step 2: If you know some basics of music, you will be prepared to learn them quickly.

You should be able to read music.You should be able to read the treble and bass clefs, depending on the number of hand bells in your choir, because handbell music is written on a grand staff.Since you may or may not have a conductor, you need to be able to internalize a beat.A basic knowledge of music theory is helpful.

Step 3: Understand how a handbell choir works.

A good way to think of a handbell choir is like a piano, where each person only controls a few keys.Most small church or school choirs only have two or three octaves of bells, and you will probably be given two bells to start off.You will take your place between the people playing the closest bells when the bells are kept in keyboard order.Hand bell music is very popular in churches because it can be very beautiful and unique.If you watch a choir perform, you’ll see why handbells are a visual art.They all ring the same way.

Step 4: Understand the structure of a handbell.

The size of the bells varies based on their pitch.The handle should indicate the pitch of the note, and some brands make the handles of flat/sharp bells black and leave the others white, similar to the coloring of a piano keyboard.The part that strikes the bell causes it to produce sound.The clapper has a rotating piece that can be used to control volume.A solid edge hitting the bell makes the loudest sound, while rotating the clapper to a setting with a hole in it makes a softer sound.

Step 5: Pick up two bells and hold them in front of your chest, either facing straight up or angling towards you, depending on the way your choir has chosen to stand with the bells up.

Malmark bells has a picture of a bell on the handle on one side, which should be facing you, and they have a marking on them indicating which way you should hold them.

Step 6: To ring one bell, move it away from your body in a circular motion with the handle moving slightly ahead of the bell.

You should snap your wrist when you reach the bottom of your circle.This should make a sound.Continue until the bell stops at your chest.

Step 7: Touch the bell lightly to your chest as you complete the circle.

When the bell is damped, it stops vibrating immediately instead of letting the sound go off for a while.It is possible that you need to place your hand on the bell as well.Bells of all sizes can be damped on the table.The visual appeal of a handbell choir’s performance can be enhanced with the use of creative ways of damping bells.

Step 8: Continue until you are comfortable with this motion, and then try with the other bell in your other hand.

You should be able to ring with both hands.

Step 9: The size of your circle depends on the length of the note you are playing.

When you’re playing whole notes, make a circle with a wrist snap.The bell shouldn’t move far from your body when you’re playing eighth notes.

Step 10: Understand your role in a handbell choir.

You only have control of two or three of the notes.To sound like one instrument, you must play with the other members of your choir.

Step 11: If you find your music helpful, you should mark it.

It’s easier to keep track of where you’re playing if you mark all of your notes with a pencil before you start playing.You may not need to do this in the future.

Step 12: There is a possibility that this is not the case.

It’s great to have a conductor to watch, but not all choirs do.You can learn to count in your head or quietly tap your foot.

Step 13: Have a good time.

Playing handbells is a different experience than playing any other instrument.It’s not worth doing if you don’t enjoy it.

Step 14: If you have mastered basic handbell playing, you can move on to more advanced techniques.

You won’t find other music with the same special markings and directions.Instead of trilling, handbells “shake”, which is indicated by the letters on the music.You shake the bell for the notated length of time instead of just playing the note and letting it ring.There are markings that tell you to damp in certain ways, for example, if you bring the bell to the table with force as a way to create a sound.

Step 15: You can play the bells four- and six-in-hand.

It’s much easier to play more than two bells at the same time.Put the two bells together in a way that they are facing different directions.You want at least two bells in each hand.One way to play one note in one hand and another in another is to move your arm.Smaller bells make this easier.

Step 16: You can try plucking the bells.

Sometimes this is written into the music and other times it is a decision made by the director.Lift the clappers and gently drop them, instead of ringing, if you want to plucking the bells.

Step 17: Play with mallets.

Lay the bells down on the table and gently tap them with mallets instead of playing.You need to use mallets intended for handbells.Larger ones are for larger bells.The range of bells will be marked on the handle of the mallet.

Step 18: Go into the art of solo handbells.

There are many ways to do this.A soloist plays all of the handbells on a table with some kind of accompaniment.Some people play four- or six-in-hand.It’s up to you.