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Almost-No-Tools-Required Handbell Tree (article)

This article, written by Sharon Guilliams, gives instructions for how to build a handbell tree stand for about $60. It provides a more long-term, sturdy solution than the six-dollar handbell tree article, without breaking the bank!

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Being Happy In Your Work (article)

Dealing with the taxing nature of musical work can lead to exhaustion and burnout. Being happy in your work means not only doing the work you love to do, but also NOT doing the work you DON'T want to do. Here are some thoughts on delegating and making sure your work is energizing to you.

For more handbell lessons presented in a unique and enjoyable format, be sure to check out Kevin McChesney's book, Limericks, Lessons, and Life in Handbells! Links in the "Related Products" section below.

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Conducting Tips (article)

This is a brief tour of the elements of clear, inspiring conducting. Directing a musical group is much more than just keeping time and showing a beat pattern. Read about some simple devices to improve your directing skills.

For more handbell lessons presented in a unique and enjoyable format, be sure to check out Kevin McChesney's book, Limericks, Lessons, and Life in Handbells! Links in the "Related Products" section below.

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Copyright: 11 Guidelines Concerning Copyright for the Handbell Musician (article)

11 guidelines concerning copyright for the handbell (and other) musician. Staying true to copyright laws is pretty straightforward when you know some simple fundamentals.

For more handbell lessons presented in a unique and enjoyable format, be sure to check out Kevin McChesney's book, Limericks, Lessons, and Life in Handbells! Links in the "Related Products" section below.

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How to Be the Ultimate Massed Ringing Participant (article)

If you know all of THESE musical and technical elements to ringing, you will be ready for any festival - and in fact, for all rehearsals and performances! The ultimate list of things to know to be the ultimate festival participant - and the ultimate ringer!

For more handbell lessons presented in a unique and enjoyable format, be sure to check out Kevin McChesney's book, Limericks, Lessons, and Life in Handbells! Links in the "Related Products" section below.

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I Don't Like This Piece - Yet! (article)

Ringers have differing musical tastes (so do directors), so naturally an individual ringer is unlikely to love every piece we play. This article is a discussion of the meanings behind "I don't like this piece." It is also a reminder of the purposes of presenting our music and what ringers and directors can do to serve those purposes, even on pieces that aren't group favorites.

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Knowing Your Score – Basic Score Study Techniques (article)

This article provides tips and tricks for both directors AND ringers on how to study scores and come to rehearsals prepared to make music!

For more handbell lessons presented in a unique and enjoyable format, be sure to check out Kevin McChesney's book, Limericks, Lessons, and Life in Handbells! Links in the "Related Products" section below.

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Malleting Suspended Bells (article)

Clear instructions on this technique and how best to make it a smooth and effective part of your music.

For more handbell lessons presented in a unique and enjoyable format, be sure to check out Kevin McChesney's book, Limericks, Lessons, and Life in Handbells! Links in the "Related Products" section below.

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Rehearsal Checklist (article)

9 ideas (all beginning with "p") to help you make rehearsals efficient and joyful.

For more handbell lessons presented in a unique and enjoyable format, be sure to check out Kevin McChesney's book, Limericks, Lessons, and Life in Handbells! Links in the "Related Products" section below.

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Ringing With Confidence (article)

The goals of the bell (or other musical) program can be boiled down to: We want our group to perform with confidence. Here are five suggestions for instilling and developing confidence in our ringers.

For more handbell lessons presented in a unique and enjoyable format, be sure to check out Kevin McChesney's book, Limericks, Lessons, and Life in Handbells! Links in the "Related Products" section below.

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