28th February 2016

The Learning Curve

Between 1999 and 2007 the committee provided a series of regular articles on teaching and learning that were published in The Ringing World on the first Friday of each month. Most of these articles were written by John Harrison, then chairman of the committee.

The collected articles are available in book form from Central Council Publications:

The Learning Curve, Volume 1: 1999-2001
The Learning Curve, Volume 2: 2002-2003
The Learning Curve, Volume 3: 2004-2005
The Learning Curve, Volume 4: 2006-2007

You can download the indexes of the four individual volumes in a single PDF

The Learning Curve online

By arrangement with The Ringing World and Central Council Publications, each of the 102 articles is also available as an individual PDF file, listed in the tables below. You are free to use them for training purposes.

Complete on-line index with links direct to the relevant articles.

Volume 1 (1999-2001)

Vol-Chap Published Title Vol-Chap Published Title
1-1 Jun 1999 Welcome to The Learning Curve & Raising and lowering in peal – from scratch 1-2 Jul 1999 Good striking and rhythmic ringing
1-3 Aug 1999 It’s all double Dutch 1-4 Sep 1999 Small steps
1-5 Oct 1999 Guided by the Treble 1-6 Nov 1999 Something for everyone
1-7 Dec 1999 Thinking about bellhandling 1-8 Jan 2000 Principles
1-9 Feb 2000 Turning in the Tenor 1-10 Mar 2000 Small is beautiful
1-11 Apr 2000 Over the top 1-12 May 2000 Something a little different
1-13 Jun 2000 Feeling the bell 1-14 Jul 2000 Double handed ringing
1-15 Sep 2000 Learning methods 1-16 Oct 2000 Call changes
1-17 Nov 2000 Back seat drivers 1-18 Dec 2000 Knowing where you are
1-19 Jan 2001 Doing it with style 1-20 Feb 2001 Ringing methods in hand – 1
1-21 Mar 2001 Ringing methods in hand – 2 and 3 1-22 Apr 2001 Ringing methods in hand – 4
1-23 May 2001 Older learners 1-24 Jun 2001 Setting the pace
1-25 Jul 2001 Learning the ropes 1-26 Aug 2001 Old learners or ageless problems?
1-27 Sep 2001 To move or not to move? 1-28 Oct 2001 Ringers and musicians
1-29 Nov 2001 Fighting the bell 1-30 Dec 2001 Collapsing touches

Volume 2 (2002-2003)

Vol-Chap Published Title Vol-Chap Published Title
2-1 Jan 2002 Hands and arms 2-2 Feb 2002 Intermediate methods
2-3 Mar 2002 Why learn Grandsire? 2-4 Apr 2002 Observation
2-5 May 2002 Does size matter? 2-6 Jun 2002 Visualising methods
2-7 Jul 2002 Chiming 2-8 Aug 2002 Coils and things
2-9 Sep 2002 More about coils 2-10 Oct 2002 Music to the ears
2-11 Nov 2002 Go … 2-12 Dec 2002 Muscle memory and flying
2-13 Jan 2003 The long and short of it 2-14 Feb 2003 Go … again
2-15 Mar 2003 Leading 2-16 Apr 2003 Mother of invention
2-17 May 2003 Speed 2-18 Jun 2003 From the same hymn sheet
2-19 Jul 2003 Motor learning 2-20 Aug 2003 More hymn sheets
2-21 Sep 2003 Perfection versus holism 2-22 Oct 2003 Simulators
2-23 Nov 2003 More invention 2-24 Dec 2003 It depends how you look at it

Volume 3 (2004-2005)

Vol-Chap Published Title Vol-Chap Published Title
3-1 Jan 2004 Conducting and coursing order – 1 3-2 Feb 2004 Conducting and coursing order – 2
3-3 Mar 2004 When things go wrong 3-4 Apr 2004 Place notation
3-5 May 2004 Steady as she goes 3-6 Jun 2004 Minimus is good for you
3-7 Jul 2004 Something original 3-8 Aug 2004 What if …?
3-9 Sep 2004 How fast should we go? 3-10 Oct 2004 Beyond the blue line
3-11 Nov 2004 Know your instrument – 1 3-12 Dec 2004 All roads lead to Rome
3-13 Jan 2005 Know your instrument – 2 3-14 Feb 2005 Ringing and numbers
3-15 Mar 2005 Once more with feeling 3-16 Apr 2005 Knowing and doing
3-17 May 2005 Fitting together 3-18 Jun 2005 Taking the lead
3-19 Jul 2005 Listen to the music 3-20 Aug 2005 Grids
3-21 Sep 2005 Bob Doubles – The Holy Grail? 3-22 Oct 2005 Helpful bits of structure
3-23 Nov 2005 I got rhythm 3-24 Dec 2005 Is there another way?

Volume 4 (2006-2007)

Vol-Chap Published Title Vol-Chap Published Title
4-1 Jan 2006 Conduct Grandsire Doubles – 1 4-2 Feb 2006 Conduct Grandsire Doubles – 2
4-3 Mar 2006 Know your instrument – 3 4-4 Apr 2006 Learning all eleven
4-5 May 2006 Quarters are good for you 4-6 Jun 2006 More helpful structure
4-7 Jul 2006 Judging 4-8 Aug 2006 Eyes down for a full house
4-9 Sep 2006 Viewed from the treble 4-10 Oct 2006 Double Oxford
4-11 Nov 2006 Calling quarter peals 4-12 Dec 2006 Learning to hunt
4-13 Jan 2007 Ears to hear 4-14 Feb 2007 Singles in Stedman Doubles
4-15 Mar 2007 Yorkshire on higher numbers 4-16 Apr 2007 Double Norwich
4-17 May 2007 Up and down 4-18 Jun 2007 Pieces of eight?
4-19 Jul 2007 Rope movement 4-20 Aug 2007 Ropesight
4-21 Sep 2007 Knowing your place 4-22 Oct 2007 Getting it together
4-23 Nov 2007 More or less? 4-24 Dec 2007 Keep on learning

The end of an era

With the December 2007 instalment of The Learning Curve (TLC to its habitués) the series came to an end. John, whatever his faults, is not one for blowing his own trumpet, so EdC Webmaster thought that the following note written by Robert Lewis, Editor of The Ringing World, in the issue of 7 December 2007 would be a fitting conclusion to the series.

This issue contains the final instalment of our monthly educational series The Learning Curve, which has been running now for eight and a half years. May I pay tribute to John Harrison for coordinating the series and writing most of the articles. His contributions have always landed on my desk on time and ready for immediate publication.

It is easy to underestimate the time, effort and dedication that has to go into sustaining a regular feature in The Ringing World, especially one as ambitious as The Learning Curve. John has met that challenge in a most impressive way and we owe him a real debt of gratitude. The end of The Learning Curve does not, of course, mean an end to educational articles in The Ringing World . . . education remains a cornerstone of our mission to the Exercise.

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