Queens

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Queens is the name given to the particularly musical change where all odd bells ring, followed by all the even ones. For example, Queens on 8 bells is the order: 1 3 5 7 2 4 6 8. The name Queens was supposedly given to the change after Queen Victoria commented that she liked it.

Stages

Doubles/Minor 1 3 5 2 4 6
Triples/Major 1 3 5 7 2 4 6 8
Caters/Royal 1 3 5 7 9 2 4 6 8 0
Cinques/Maximus 1 3 5 7 9 E 2 4 6 8 0 T

Call Changes

Queens is often used as a destination change when Calling Call Changes. A good strategy for getting from Rounds to Queens is to call the even bells to the back, starting at from the back. For example, to get to Queens on 10 bells: first the 8th is called to the back ("8 to 9"), then the 6th ("6 to 7", "6 to 9"), then the 4th ("4 to 5", "4 to 7", "4 to 9") and finally the 2nd ("2 to 3", "2 to 5", "2 to 7", "2 to 9"). Although there's no reason it can't also be done by calling the odd bells to the front, starting at the front. My preference is to start and finish at the back, but that's just my opinion of what sounds nicer!

Another trick I like to employ when ringing on 8 bells, is to go to from Queens to Whittingtons (or vice-versa) by inverting the 3572 of Queens to give the 2753 of Whittingtons:

         1 3 5 7 2 4 6 8
"3 to 5" 1 5 3 7 2 4 6 8
"3 to 7" 1 5 7 3 2 4 6 8
"3 to 2" 1 5 7 2 3 4 6 8
"5 to 7" 1 7 5 2 3 4 6 8
"5 to 2" 1 7 2 5 3 4 6 8
"7 to 2" 1 2 7 5 3 4 6 8

See Also


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