8 Bells for Carols Vol. 1 - Easy
Share some holiday cheer with a lovely selection of Bell Tree pieces using only 8 bells. “8 Bells for Carols” is perfect for ringing at Red Kettles, in small spaces or as a palate cleanser during a concert. Each Volume features 7 or 8 holiday tunes for bell tree solo (or duet), or 4iH duet, or 3 or 4 ringers using 8 Bells - either G5 to G6 (2 octaves) or C5-C6 or C6 to C7 (1 or 3 octaves) – plus an optional chime solo for added harmony. The chime part uses 11 or 12 chimes - 5 to 9 chimes per piece: 1 oct. C5-C6 (opt. A4) for the G-G bell tree and 2 oct. F5-F6 (opt. D5) for the C-C bell tree - requiring only a small table. The Bell Tree part can be played as a single stem-up melody line (easier) or with the added stem-down part (more challenging) – or a second ringer (on the backside of same bell tree or on their own bell tree) can play the stem-down notes. The chime part can be played by a solo ringer (or two, if you wish) either rung normally or, with chimes flipped over on a soft pad, lightly tapped (sounding like a “chime tree.”) Each piece has an optional repeat - plus a repeatable introduction that allows the chime ringer to reset between pieces. Volume 1 is Easy (RE5611), Volume 2 is Easy-Medium (RE5612), and Volume 3 is Medium (RE5613) difficulty. Be sure to note your range choice as in RE5611C or RE5611G.
Each beautifully crafted carol is on a single page with Bell tree and chime parts. You’ll need one score per ringer. Memorization is strongly recommended for the Bell Tree ringer. These scores are available as hard copies - or as a Digital Site License which allows you to make copies as needed. The 3 pieces in the demo sound file are from Volume 1 using G to G (RE5611G) featuring the full Bell Tree part plus chimes. There is also a demo video at handbellworld.com showing how a bell tree stick and the flipped chimes work.
Search for all “8 Bells for Carols” collections by using “RE561” in the Stock # Search box. More useful pieces in the First String and Celebrations series can be found at www.handbellworld.com by searching under the “Series” categories in the Music Selection Assistant. Find all ringTrue pieces by entering “RE” in the Stock # Search box and all pieces by Kathleen Wissinger by entering “Wissinger” in the composer box. Check out ringTrue’s Facebook page for updates and new releases. Cheers!