Notebook Reference Guide – Special Techniques and Musical Terms

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  • Notebook Reference Guide  – Special Techniques and Musical Terms
  • Notebook Reference Guide  – Special Techniques and Musical Terms


This is a 2-sided reference guide to remind a ringer of most of the special handbell techniques,  and reminds and teaches all the common musical terms.

The front side is filled with all the handbell and handchime symbols you're likely to encounter; the back side offers the most common symbols in general music, including a user-friendly chart with common key signatures and repeat signs.  

Both sides offer quick and simple descriptions that are easy to understand at a quick glance.

     • Heavyweight laminate, meant to last forever in a binder
  • Punched to fit a standard 3-ring binder

Click on both the large and the small pictures to view both sides of this guide.

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8 Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on Mar 29th 2022

    It was just the thing I needed to help with learning my music for handbells.

  • 5
    Notation guide

    Posted by Joanna Brock on Sep 2nd 2021

    Perfect reference for the binder stands.

  • 4
    Will be big help to our new ringers.

    Posted by Helen M. Kelin on Aug 21st 2021

    They'll also be a good nudge to our memory to try something new!

  • 4
    notation guide

    Posted by Pat Roberson on May 14th 2021

    Helpful, good information and sturdy.

  • 5
    handbell notation guide

    Posted by Sue Garness on Sep 26th 2019

    very helpful as I have joined a veteran choir but it's been several years since I have played. I'v forgotten so many special techniques!

  • 5
    Indispensable for handbell ringers and for people who compose for handbells

    Posted by Mark on Mar 24th 2016

    I am both a handbell ringer and a composer who writes for handbells. There is an almost bewildering assortment of techniques which are used in playing handbells, each with their own unique sound.

    I favor linear counterpoint when I compose music -- but I'm also focused on changes in timbre and color. This reference guide is absolutely indispensable for helping me choose and notate the technique I want to use when I'm writing. It's also a great refresher when I'm playing handbells and see a rarely-used technique (TLD, PL, TPL etc.) this guide is extremely helpful in explaining the technique to be used.

    This guide should be in every bell-ringer's music folder.

  • 5
    Very helpful

    Posted by Anna on Feb 25th 2014

    All the information I need (including a brief description of the technique) in a very concise and easily referenced page. I love it!

  • 5
    Handbell reference material

    Posted by Linda Vick on Aug 28th 2013

    At a recent handbell workshop I saw this sheet
    of bell terms which had, not only the sign for the different bell technique, but also explained how to perform the technique. I felt this would be a good thing to have in each of my bellringers folders. This will be a good tool for them to have and help them with their understanding of what to do when playing the music.

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