On a Singing Bell

Odds are good that you have been around the dinner table when someone produces a sound by rubbing their wet finger along the wine glass’s rim. Heck, in our family in can be a family event. This science tidbit is about vibration and resonance. (Here’s a link from The Learning Channel).

It’s been a while since my last handbell post, but this weekend we’re using a technique known as the singing bell. Similar to the fun we have with wine glasses, our handbell choir is using a 1″ dowel to rub around the handbell’s outer rim.

Enjoy this beautiful version from YouTube … and watch for the dowels.

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10 thoughts on “On a Singing Bell

  1. Frank, how incredibly cool. Thoroughly enjoyable. BTW, I am shooting a symphony concert tomorrow. Watch for the results.
    Joe

    • Joe,
      We played it this morning, and it was incredible how silent the attendees got – especially our late service that has a tendency to be noisy. Glad you enjoyed the video and I look forward to the symphony post. Thanks for visiting.

    • Dianne,
      “Singing Bells” were awesome. We added a vocalist (like the video), which was a great addition. Good luck to your choir in the future. Thanks for visiting.

  2. I am excited about using the singing handbell technique, but am finding that the 1″ diameter X 9″ long Oak dowel rod isn’t right for the C3-B3. Can someone help me out and tell me what to use instead.
    Nancy in Nebraska

    • Hi Nancy,
      I’m not sure of your dilemma. Is the problem not getting it to sing or problems during the singing? Thanks for asking … I’m no expert by any means, but I may be able to find out. Thanks for asking.

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