Notebook Reference Guide – Special Techniques and Musical Terms

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  • Notebook Reference Guide  – Special Techniques and Musical Terms
  • Notebook Reference Guide  – Special Techniques and Musical Terms


This is a 2-sided reference guide to help you understand a special handbell technique or to know what a music term means.

The front side is filled with all the handbell and handchime symbols you're likely to encounter; the back side offers the most common symbols in general music, including a user-friendly chart with common key signatures and repeat signs.  

Both sides offer quick and simple descriptions that are easy to understand at a quick glance.

     • Heavyweight laminate, meant to last forever in a binder
  • Punched to fit a standard 3-ring binder

Click on both the large and the small pictures to view both sides of this guide.

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4 Reviews

  • 5
    handbell notation guide

    Posted by Sue Garness on Sep 26th 2019

    very helpful as I have joined a veteran choir but it's been several years since I have played. I'v forgotten so many special techniques!

  • 5
    Indispensable for handbell ringers and for people who compose for handbells

    Posted by Mark on Mar 24th 2016

    I am both a handbell ringer and a composer who writes for handbells. There is an almost bewildering assortment of techniques which are used in playing handbells, each with their own unique sound.

    I favor linear counterpoint when I compose music -- but I'm also focused on changes in timbre and color. This reference guide is absolutely indispensable for helping me choose and notate the technique I want to use when I'm writing. It's also a great refresher when I'm playing handbells and see a rarely-used technique (TLD, PL, TPL etc.) this guide is extremely helpful in explaining the technique to be used.

    This guide should be in every bell-ringer's music folder.

  • 5
    Very helpful

    Posted by Anna on Feb 25th 2014

    All the information I need (including a brief description of the technique) in a very concise and easily referenced page. I love it!

  • 5
    Handbell reference material

    Posted by Linda Vick on Aug 28th 2013

    At a recent handbell workshop I saw this sheet
    of bell terms which had, not only the sign for the different bell technique, but also explained how to perform the technique. I felt this would be a good thing to have in each of my bellringers folders. This will be a good tool for them to have and help them with their understanding of what to do when playing the music.

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