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What is a singing Handbell (also called the Singing Bell Technique and notated in handbell music as SB)?
A beautiful sound resulting from a technique that requires the musician to rub a wooden dowel around the rim of the handbell. Singing handbells resemble the technique used to produce sounds from a crystal glass by rubbing a dampened finger around its rim. The wooden dowels do not need to be dampened. The technique works on all (C4-C8) handbells but does require some practice.
Larger bells may require a “tap” to start the sound (but try doing it without tapping first). C3 to B3 are an example. C4 and up can be started without the tap. If the dowels seem a little rough, don’t worry! This helps. In fact, if you find a dowel that is not cooperating, use a piece of 80 grit sandpaper and rough it up a bit.
Where are they used? There are several compositions written that incorporate the singing Handbell technique. My favorite is How Can I Keep from Singing by Robert Lowry and arranged by Arnold Sherman. Click here for a list of current pieces using the singing handbell technique.
With your purchase you will receive detailed instructions for you and your musicians.
Current woods being shipped as of 12/21/15.
- 7/8″ x 6-1/2″ Birch
- 1-1/16″ x 6″ Birch (limited quantity)
- 1-1/4″ x 7″ Black Walnut specifically for bells C3-C4 but works on all bells.
Why our dowels?