Handbells

Masterpiece Music offers workshops and clinics in several interest areas. Our staff has experience in working with groups at all levels and is ready to customize any workshop to fit your needs. Whether you need training to improve the abilities of your participants, assistance in exploring creative ideas for worship or training in the areas of conducting, choral techniques or musicality, Masterpiece can help you increase your skills and knowledge base. Here are some of the workshops offered.

Rhythm for Ringers-Teaches rhythm reading by using a “pulse the beat” method, which enables participants to feel the subdivisions of the beat, thereby giving them an understanding of . This method is extremely effective and quick for teaching ringers to decipher the rhythms they find in their handbell music. Each ringer will receive the Rhythm for Ringers book to continue their study, either individually or as a group. There is also an instructor CD available to aid in preparation to teach the course. This method works for absolutely everyone.

Repertoire Preparation-Offers extensive and intensive rehearsal on special works. This may be a group of difficult pieces, music for Easter or Christmas, an extended work for a special occasion, or music for an upcoming concert. It is well known that bringing in someone from the “outside” reinforces the training from the group’s regular conductor, as well as adds a new dimension and excitement to the process.

Handbell Techniques-Provides training in the various techniques required by handbell composers, including

  • Ring
  • Let Vibrate
  • Damp
  • Ring touch
  • Thumb damp
  • Pluck
  • Pluck lift
  • Shake
  • Tower swing
  • Echo
  • Gyro
  • Mallet
  • Suspended mallet
  • Mallet on table
  • Martellato
  • Mart-Lift
  • Vibrato
  • Tap-pluck
  • Shelly
  • 4-in-hand
  • Hand damp
  • Hand Martellato
  • Mallet lift
  • Mallet roll (on and off table)
  • Rim brush
  • Singing bowl
  • Table land damp
  • Trill
  • Vibrato
  • Weaving