I received a request for a bell chart for I Often Go Walking
to sing for Mother’s Day. You can find my lesson plan for this song HERE
. I usually don’t have the handbells play the melody (mostly because it makes for really long bell charts) and since this song doesn’t have a descant or obbligato, using chording is a great way to go!
The writing down the left side are the chord names to be played (they are found in the music above the notes on the top hand). Then on the right side I tried to write in the portion of the word where the bells come in. For the introduction (where there are no words) I wrote “intro” and the count they come in on, either count 1 or count 3. I hope that makes sense.
If you are unfamilar with using handbells in primary, check out my post HERE
. Handbells using chording is pretty technical so if you are new with bells, I’d hold off on using chords for a bit.
If you’d like to make your own handbell chart using chords, check out my post HERE
. It’s similar to my make-your-own-handbell chart found HERE
but I’ve done the hard part by putting all the chords together.