Malmark Workshops

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Malmark proudly introduces Studio 440

Malmark is committed to helping your ringing program succeed. Whether you are a director or ringer, you will benefit from our educational offerings that will help you build a more effective ringing program.

Join us by ZOOM each Thursday at 4:00 p.m. EDT for a Free 40 minute session skill-building session.

We'll be starting at the very beginning of building a ringing program and give you a strong foundation in the basics through more advanced techniques. These interactive sessions will allow you the opportunity to ring along and ask questions as you learn.

Our Studio 440 workshops are available at no charge but do require pre-registration by adding the session to your cart and completing the check out procedure. Once you have done so, a link to the Zoom session will be sent on the day of the scheduled session.  Click on the session number below to register:

Session I – September 24th

The Basics of Ringing and Damping & Understanding the Score

Kathy Ebling Shaw, Clinician

• Understanding the Instrument
Explanation of the handbell with regard to component parts and sound production.

• Basic Ring
Proper grip, ringing production and stroke.

• Basic Damp
Explanation of shoulder damp.

• Basic Ringing and Damping Exercises
Exercises to develop proper ringing and damping.

• The Handbell Score
Explanation of the printed score – handbells used chart, notes which fall in bass and treble and tracking.

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Session II – October 1st

Equipment, Set-up & Assignments

Kathy Ebling Shaw, Clinician

• Equipment and Set-up
Description of bell sets and accessories needed to begin a ringing program as well as optional accessories.

• Placement of Handbells and Ringers
Explanation of placing handbells on the table and assigning ringers to positions.

• Basic Assignments
Assignments for two and three octave sets – no chromatics.

• Marking the Handbell Score

Suggestions for marking the score for assignments, etc.

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Session III – October 8th

Ringing Multiple Bells, Table Damping & Assignments

Kathy Ebling Shaw, Clinician

• Table-top Damping
Explanation of table-top damping and reasons for use.

• Ringing Multiple Bells
Explanation of what methods of coordination to be used with musical examples.

• Assigning Multiple Bells
Assignments for two and three octaves including chromatics.

• Marking the Handbell Score
Marking the score for multiple bell ringing.

• Switching Hands
Explanation of switching bell from hand to hand to ring more than two bells consecutively.

• Coordination Drills
Drills to effectively teach table-top damping and handbell switches.

Session IV – October 15th

Special Techniques

Hyosang Park, Clinician

Demonstration, notation, score examples and explanation of execution of:

  • Ring
  • Shake
  • LV
  • Damp
  • Selective Damp
  • Swing
  • Mallets – Suspended
  • Grace Note
  • Ring Touch
  • Gyro
  • Echo
  • Rolled Chord
  • Table Land Damp
  • Diamond-shaped Note Heads

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Session V – October 22nd

Stopped Sounds

Kathy Ebling Shaw, Clinician

Demonstration, notation, score examples and explanation of execution of:

  • Pluck
  • Tap Pluck
  • Thumb Damp
  • Hand Damp
  • Pluck Lift
  • Mallets
  • Mallet Lift
  • Mallet Roll
  • Martellato
  • Mart Lift
  • Hand Martellato
  • Muted Martellato

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Session VI – October 29th

Four-in-hand and Shelley

Robert Lamb, Clinician

  • Execution
  • Assigning
  • Marking Score

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Session VII – November 5th

Bass Bells

Robert Lamb, Clinician

Considerations when using larger bells:

  • Equipment
  • Ringing
  • Damping
  • Special techniques
  • Stopped Sounds
  • Assignments
  • Placement on tables
  • Bronze vs. Aluminum

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Session VIII – November 12th

CymBells® and Bell Trees

Hyosang Park, Clinician

• Use
• Musical Examples

Session IX - Basic Care & Maintenance of Malmark Handbells & Choirchime® Instruments

Cynthia Regan, clinician

Bring a bell & chime and gain knowledge of the basic design of your instruments.  Routine maintenance tips will be offered to keep your instruments in good ringing condition.


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