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Bell Ringers

The timeless art and joyful noise of 'change ringing'

Bells were the 17th-century version of Facebook and Twitter — a kind of a status update you could hear across town.

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With the ancient method of "change ringing," carillonneurs use ropes and a complex series of mathematical patterns called "changes" to inform and entertain listeners — after a wedding, for example — with the beautiful sound. And bell instructor Quilla Roth says the craft is easier than it appears.

My Generation's Andy Field went to Washington's National Cathedral to show us the ropes on how to ring the bells.

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