Workshop Details for "Solo Workshop II"
Solo Workshop II Focus
The primary focus of this level of workshop is on advanced solo ringing skills for handbell soloists. Full advanced multiple bell techniques are taught in this workshop. The basis for this workshop will be my book Advanced Solo Ringing: Multiple Bell Techniques. Topics for a workshop can include: exercise drills, help in reading the notation, and/or work on selected solos.
Advance planning for the workshop is made to the level desired. Generally minimum planning includes an approximate number of individual ringers, and a time schedule. Additionally, information about the general skill level of the people is desirable.
Typically this level of workshop works well for a small group (6 - 12) of individuals who are handbell soloists or have mastered beginning solo ringing techniques. For this workshop to function smoothly and with maximum individual attention, the full group will be split into two smaller groups. One or two sets of handbells will be needed in the main teaching area. (My set of handbells is used as one of the sets in the teaching area.) Another one or two sets of handbells will be needed in another room or rooms for individual practice. All bell sets will be placed in solo formation (less space between bells - about 4 feet per octave). A separate room for teaching the notation may be needed if that part of the workshop is desired.
During the workshop, the two smaller groups are rotated between the teaching room and the practice room. I start teaching each group one or two exercises with some individual work for about 15 to 20 minutes. At the end of each session the groups switch with the group going to the practice room to practice what they were just shown. We move through the skills with both groups teaching each skill twice (once to each group).
The length of a solo workshop II session can last from 2 hours to several days depending on the depth desired. This time can be scheduled in advance and we will end when agreed. In the shorter workshop, only a few techniques will be covered. Longer workshops will cover all the techniques and/or in more detail.
Who Can Benefit
Any individual ringer desiring instruction in advanced solo handbell ringing in multiple bell techniques can benefit from this workshop. Each individual should be skilled in beginning solo handbell techniques. Basic skills of legato solo ringing, body movement in weaving, and Shelley technique should already be mastered. The individual ringer does not have to be a bell soloist to meaningfully participate in this workshop. However, they should understand and be able to demonstrate single bell solo ringing techniques.
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