Big list of Handbell Note Charts


This post houses one big list of all my handbell note charts available throughout my website.  They are categorized so you can see if I have a handbell chart to fit your singing time needs!

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The BIG List

This handbell note chart list is organized by category.  Categories include (click on the link to quickly jump to that section):

  1. 8-Note Bell Charts
  2. 13-Note Bell Charts
  3. Descants, Obbligatos and Ostinatos
  4. Partial Charts
  5. Melody
  6. Harmony
  7. Chords
  8. Seasons & Holidays
  9. Not in the Children’s Songbook
  10. Make-Your Own

So, pick your options and ring away!

Using Handbells in Singing Time

If you know me, you know that I love to bring handbells into singing time!

Refer to using handbells in singing time for your starter guide if you are unfamiliar with handbells!

How to Access Handbell Charts

All of the handbell charts listed below are available to download at my Resource Library.  The charts are all filed alphabetically under the song’s name.  Instructions for accessing my Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.

The links below to the various songs are where the handbell chart is shared on my blog.  There you can find more information about the handbell chart in case you need it.

1. 8-Note Bell Charts

Kidsplay Handbells 8-note Basic set

3. Descants Obbligatos and Ostinatos and Additional Music

Don’t let these fancy names scare you!  These are simply optional parts found in the music that are not associated with the melody.  But if you want definitions, here you go:

  • Descant:  A descant is an optional voice part with words of its own.  It is possible to play a descant as an instrumental part. (See Hosanna, p. 66.)
  • Obbligato:  An obligato is an optional instrumental part above the melody.  Sometimes the part is in a range suitable for voice using the same words as the melody. (See Keep the Commandments, p. 146).
  • Ostinato: a continually repeated musical phrase or rhythm (see Little Pioneer Children, p. 216).

This is one of my FAVORITE ways to use the bells!  The bells play these optional musical parts that we rarely get to hear or sing!

4. Partial Charts

These bell charts only play on certain phrases or parts of the song.  Usually those words or phrases that are frequently repeated.

5. Melody

Camille's Primary Ideas: When We're Helping singing time lesson plan idea using the bells

These bell charts only play the melody.  I typically shy away from only playing the melody using handbells.  Mostly because charts tend to get REALLY long.  And just that I prefer the other methods to engage with bells.  That said, this is still a great method to using handbells!

6. Harmony

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The harmony can either be an alto part, base part, or something similar.  Just know the bells are not playing the melody.

9. Not in the Children's Songbook

10. Make-Your Own Handbell Note Charts

If there’s a bell chart that I don’t have, or you want the chart to play something different, I have everything you need to create your own!  Check out my  Make-Your-Own Handbell Chart.  I also have a  Make-Your Own Handbell CHORD Chart.

If you see that I’ve missed categorizing a handbell note chart, please let me know!  I’m always prone to mistakes!  I keep adding to this list as I create new bell charts.

Let me know in the comments if you found this helpful!

Check out this quick tutorial video for accessing the Resource Library:

These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > {each individual song title}.


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