Customer Admin Tool
Your #1 source for Handbell & Handchime Sheet Music.
Digital Music



  Series Title: First String - Ring True

Song Title Composer(s) Arranger(s) Octaves
  Adventure Wissinger, Kathleen 2-3
Review: Take 1 to 9 ringers on an “Adventure” with this spunky piece that showcases the virtuosity of 1 to 4 ringers playing a Level 2+ non-stop 8-bell 8th-note melody line (using Bell Tree, Four-in-Hand (4iH) or regular assignments) – plus an easier Level 2- accompaniment option for 1 to 5 additional ringers (or Orff, piano, harp or even Boomwhackers ᴿ!). Many options for performance are noted, including playing it with 2 ringers 4iH-ing the melody line and 2 ringers covering the accompaniment.
  Amazing Grace Traditional Wissinger, Kathleen 2-3
Review: Refresh your vision of this beloved tune with “Amazing Grace - 1” – playable as a 1-octave Bell Tree Solo, a 4iH Duet or an 8-Bell Ensemble (“A” uses G5-G6 and “B” uses C6-C7) – with piano or harp accompaniment. Bells and accompaniment work together to weave a lovely tapestry. Written as a first-experience Bell Tree piece for an adept ringer, the patterns in the Bell Tree sound complex but are easy to learn. It’s perfect for any part of a worship service.
  Best Gift III and IV Wissinger, Kathleen 3
Review:

Hear the drone of the bagpipes! This original Celtic jig for Bell Tree, 4iH duet or small ensemble will delight your ringers and audience from the first note of the lilting original melody and the unusual turns it takes.

  Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy Tschaikovsky Wissinger, Kathleen 3-5
Review: Brighten your Christmas concert series with this outstanding piece for Bell Tree - or a ringing duet! Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy, carefully transcribed from Tschaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, is a holiday classic that sparkles as a 3 oct. medium-difficult Bell Tree Solo (or handbell duet).
  Griffin's Hornpipe (Praise God's Name With Dancing) Wissinger, Kathleen 3 or 5
Review: Showcase from one to eight bell tree ringers accompanied by their fellow ringers all within 3 octaves (with more opt. bells) in this reproducible score This catchy original Celtic tune in ABCA form is easily learned and will brighten any concert, festival or worship service (with the subtitle “Praise God’s Name with Dancing” based on Psalm 149:3).
  I Love to Tell the Story Hanky, A. Catherine Wissinger, Kathleen 2
Review: A gentle L2 rendition of this beloved hymn tune (HANKY) features an easy optional Bell Tree obbligato, adding a soft sparkle to the rich chording and simple melody. Two non-compatible scores offer different range possibilities: “A” for 2 octaves (C5-C6 or C6-C7 Bell Tree) and “B” for 3-5 octaves with an optional Bb3 (F5-F6 Bell Tree). Both scores can be played on chimes, leaving the range of 8 bells available for the Bell Tree - or a second set of bells can be used for the Bell Tree. The Bell Tree part may also be played by a C instrument.
  I Love to Tell the Story Hanky, A. Catherine Wissinger, Kathleen 3 or 5
Review: A gentle L2 rendition of this beloved hymn tune (HANKY) features an easy optional Bell Tree obbligato, adding a soft sparkle to the rich chording and simple melody. Two non-compatible scores offer different range possibilities: “A” for 2 octaves (C5-C6 or C6-C7 Bell Tree) and “B” for 3-5 octaves with an optional Bb3 (F5-F6 Bell Tree). Both scores can be played on chimes, leaving the range of 8 bells available for the Bell Tree - or a second set of bells can be used for the Bell Tree. The Bell Tree part may also be played by a C instrument.
  Jesus Loves Me Traditional Wissinger, Kathleen 2-3
Review: Introduce an aspiring ringer to Bell Tree or solo/duet ringing with this very easy, straightforward 1 octave rendition of Jesus Loves Me. It is accessible for 1, 2 or 3 octaves thanks to five score formats. All BT scores can also played as Early Beginner piano scores – and each range has a very easy piano accompaniment allowing 2 young musicians to successfully collaborate in worship or concert.
  Little Rock Brokering, Lois Wissinger, Kathleen 1-3
Review: “Little Rock” is a simple engaging song about creation by Lois Brokering with a repetitive text and a catchy tune. Many performances options are included: 1) Handbell Bell Tree Solo and piano; 2) Children’s Anthem and Piano with opt. C instrument and guitar; 3) Children’s Anthem with self-accompanying chords in a charted chord score; 4) Include the congregation in the fun with the Bulletin insert or text slides; 5) Add a very easy L1 1-3 oct. Handbell/Handchime score; 6) Mix and Match any or all of the possibilities!
  Quiet Prayer Wissinger, Kathleen 2-3
Review: Perfect for a quiet moment in worship or concert – this piece features a lovely melody (Part 1, embellished on the 2nd verse) and a simple Part 2 ostinato in the bass. Ideal for a Bell Tree duet (sharing one bell), it can also be played as a solo (Med difficulty) by omitting the embellished voice, or as a 12-bell 4iH Trio or a ringing ensemble. Rated Easy for Bell Tree Duet.
  Thankful Heart, A Wissinger, Kathleen 2-3
Review: An initial offering in the new “First String Series” (featuring belltree pieces for one octave, more or less), “A Thankful Heart” will fast become a go-to favorite for its lovely theme and its versatility: play it as a simple, poignant belltree solo on 8 bells using either G5-G6 or C6-C7 – or add the piano accompaniment for a fuller presentation.
  Trumpet Tune Clarke, Jeremiah Wissinger, Kathleen 2-3
Review: Part of the “First String” series of belltree pieces of one octave, more or less, Jeremiah Clarke’s “Trumpet Tune” is iconic for wedding processionals – and will be welcome as a festive note in worship and concert as well.
  Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Traditional Wissinger, Kathleen 1 or 3
Review: Bell Trees are intriguing and so much fun to play! Let’s start with “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”! The first three progressive 6-bell Bell Tree pieces (Scores A - Very Easy, B - Easy & C - Medium Easy) were featured in the Spring 2019 issue of Overtones. A few more challenging variations are included in this folio (D1- Med. Difficult and E - Difficult) - plus a duet option (D2 - Medium) - plus a piano accompaniment for each setting – and all are reproducible. Each short piece stands on its own – but all versions can be tied together and presented as a medley – presented by different ringers - or by a single ringer - for a nice surprise in a concert or a capstone presentation at the end of a workshop.
  Veni Emmanuel Traditional Wissinger, Kathleen 2, 3 or 5
Review:

Emmanuel (15th century, France), perfectly embodying that special feeling of wonder as we anticipate the coming of the Christ Child. Set in two ranges – for 2 octaves or 3/5 octaves – each version includes options for Bell Tree solo (G5-G6 or C6-C7) or a ringing soloist (or 2, 3 or 4 ringers) on a separate set of chimes (these are the easiest options for the 2 oct. version, as ringing parts for chimes and bells often cross voices.)