Call position compositions - Examples

Here are some examples of call-position compositions for use in Abel.

Plain Bob

One of the standard 720s of Plain Bob Minor is wrong, home, wrong 5 times repeated, single halfway and end. This can be written out as a call-position composition, using the tenor as observation bell, like this:

2 ( 3[W H W] sH )

This touch is true for all 2nds place plain minor, so we may not need to specify the method at the beginning of the touch – we can choose to leave this as a generic composition.

Note the use of the brackets to avoid having to type all the calls.

Note also that you MUST specify the full touch; this composition won't repeat automatically, so if you miss out the ‘2' at the start, it will never come round.

If we call the standard 2 courses of Plain Bob Major (Wrong, Home, Wrong, Home), this is written as:

2 ( W H )

This of course is true to Plain Bob - and lots of other methods - on ALL numbers of bells, so this too can be left as a generic touch.

An interesting variation to this touch is to call it using the 2nd as observation bell. Try this to Bob Major: see if you spot the roll-ups off the front! (Note that using the 2 as observation means that we actually get to the Home first, so we need to change it around a bit… If you don't change it round, it ends up a bit longer than you expected, and false!)

2! 2 ( H W )

Here is Pritchard's peal of Bob Major, written out for Abel:

# Pritchard's
#   W    B    H
# -----------------
2 [ W    O   3(H)
    W    O   3(H)
    W        2(H)
    W        3(H)

    W    O   3(H)
    W    O   3(H)
    W        2(H)
    W        2(H)
              sH  ]

Cambridge Major

Here is Middleton's peal of Cambridge Major, written out as a call-position composition. Note the use of 'o' for "Out", instead of "Before" in the second part. The initial 'CAM' is the method identifier for Cambridge, which you must enter by double-clicking the method name in the list of methods.

#  Middleton's
#  B    M     W     H
# -----------------------
      2(m)  2(w)  3(h)
   o              3(h)
3(    2(m)  2(w)  3(h)  )

Double Norwich

Double Norwich is usually written using numerical calling positions, denoting the lead end numbers. Here is a quarter peal from the diary, written out in equivalent Abel notation ;

# 1280 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
#   1  4  5  6   # Normal calling positions for DNCBM
# ---------------
 2( 2  5         # Abel needs place bells after the call
    2  5  8
    2        3
             3 )  


Here is the touch of spliced given in lead-end compositions, written out again as a call-position composition;

C w
N i
R 4
B i

The composition is Wrong, In, 4ths and In, with method changes given as above. Using a mixture of upper- and lower-case helps to distinguish the calls from the method changes.

See also:

  Adding compositions
  Editing compositions
  Deleting compositions
  Call position compositions - notation
  Lead end compositions
  Random compositions