Plain Hunt Major (8 Hunting Bells)

Most people start to learn Plain Hunt by remembering the bells they ring after. It must be stressed that as soon as possible, you should start counting places as this is essential when you move on to more complicated things. The places are important as they give an indication of the speed to ring at. When counting UP, you will have to ring slower than in rounds. When counting DOWN, you must ring quicker in order to be able to follow the correct bell.

The table below describes the work of every bell. It may help you if you colour in the bell you are learning with a highlighter pen - On paper not the screen! Don't just learn one bell, there may be occasions when there is more than one learner so it will be no good if you all want to ring the same bell.

In Plain Hunt Major, the tenor is a working bell, because of this you must lead from the last bell (the one in eighth place) on the previous row. Many people misread method diagrams for Major methods and think they have to ring after the last bell on the row they are in. Thinking about it, if you are the first bell to ring in the row as you are leading, you can't follow the eighth placed bell as it hasn't rung yet. The table below should clarify the matter.

Plain Hunt on 8 Bells
Change ⇒
Handstroke / Backstroke ⇒
R
o
u
n
d
s
1st
H
2nd
B
3rd
H
4th
B
5th
H
6th
B
7th
H
8th
B
9th
H
10th
B
11th
H
12th
B
13th
H
14th
B
15th
H
R
o
u
n
d
s
Treble Counts Places 23456788765432LL
Rings after82468753246875368
 
Second Counts Places LL23456788765432
Rings after18746875314687531
 
Third Counts Places 456788765432LL23
Rings after24687512468754612
 
Fourth Counts Places 32LL234567887654
Rings after31275687531268753
 
Fifth Counts Places 6788765432LL2345
Rings after46873124687243124
 
Sixth Counts Places 5432LL2345678876
Rings after53124538753124875
 
Seventh Counts Places 88765432LL234567
Rings after68531246812531246
 
Tenor Counts Places 765432LL23456788
Rings after75312463175312467
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