Exploring Handbells

Themes & Variations



Exploring Handbells will allow directors and ringers to experience several techniques for handbells and handchimes. Original compositions in this book were written specifically as a way to practice and explore each technique before combining them with other handbell techniques. Each piece is playable on handbells and handchimes, although some techniques do not apply to handchimes. The music in this collection is written for two and three-octave ringing ensembles as this is where most ringers begin. The music ranges from level 1 - 2. 

For even more handbell fun, check out Exploring Handbells Book 2! 

Resource Index


  • A Sunshine Day
  • A Sunny Day
  • Afloat
  • Floating
  • Just Monkey Business
  • Monkey Business
  • Popcorn
  • Salty Popcorn
  • In the Hammock
  • Lazy Hammock
  • Two Acrobats
  • Three Acrobats


  • Ringing and Damping
  • Vibrato
  • Let Vibrate
  • Shake
  • Staccato
  • Thumb Damp/Finger Damp
  • Mallet on the Table/Mallet
  • Pluck
  • Martellato/Mart
  • Tower Swing/Swing


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Book: Exploring Handbells