Big list of Handbell Note Charts


This post houses one BIG list of handbell note charts available throughout my website.  They are categorized so you can see if there is a handbell chart to fit your Primary’s singing time needs!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Big list of Handbell Note Charts singing time ideas

Handbell Note Charts 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.

How to Read Handbell Charts

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When a note is in it’s own little black box (like the example above), that note is to be played by itself.

The words in the lower right hand corner are the words that are sung when that bell is played. The word on the top in each box is for the first verse.  The word underneath it is for the second verse.

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When there are multiple notes in a black box (the example above has 3 notes inside a black box), all the notes in that box are to be played at the exact same time.  Typically creating a chord.

Again, the words in the lower right hand corner of each box are the words that are sung when those bells play.  The word on top in each box is for the first verse, the middle is for the second verse and the bottom is for the 3rd verse.

2. 13-Note Bell Charts

Most of my bell charts require the 8-handbell set (Merry Bells) and the 5-note add-on set (Kidsplay) to bring you to 13 bells.  These 2 sets let you play any note (including all the black notes on the piano).  That’s why I HIGHLY recommend you get the additional 5-note set if you can!

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.

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.

7. Chords

These note charts utilize the guitar chords that are listed with every Primary song.  This is one of my very favorite ways to play the bells in singing time!  It usually incorporates a wide variety of bells.

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9. Not in the Children's Songbook

10. Make-Your Own Handbell Note Charts

If there’s a handbell 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 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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