Can a player also play more than two handbells (simultaneously)?

Normally one plays one note with each hand. But there are also special playing techniques where you play four, six or even eight handbells at the same time, of course still with only two hands. The most commonly used technique is called four-in-hands. Here you can change the bell combinations even while playing.

Six-in-hands is already a very advanced technique and is used only in a few solo pieces. The playing technique, which in logical consequence was called eight-in-hands, was presented by Danny Lyons at the 15th International Handbell Symposium in Liverpool.

Last update on 2022-06-11 by Jörn Diedrichsen.

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