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General advice that will help with numbers juggling as well

Posted by [email protected] on May 19, 2015 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)
Well, with numbers juggling this advice should definatley help and can help improve many basic patterns. First off, there is always a reason to dropping your props, correct? Seems to be true due to the laws of physics. Well, in order to determine what you are doing wrong, a juggler must use trial and error in order to figure out such problems. Some problems could include the following: the speed at which you are throwing or tempo, collisions with props in the air, or you find yourself not being able to stand still in place while running a pattern which can also be one of many problems in your pattern. Knowing what you are doing wrong is good to establish when I cannot see the pattern at hand. Some things that help as well are the angle at which your wrists are turned could alter your throwing abilities, and throwing is key in a sucessful juggling pattern. Catching has to become second nature for jugglers, the throws and prop placement really determine a good pattern, I cannot express that enough. Well, here are some helpful hints to improve these common overlooked mistakes 1. The speed isn't good enough Well, throwing higher throws does give you much help in timing, but only so much. If there is an issue with speed, I definatley recommend getting your flash consistent. A consistent flash is an amazing skill to aquire because it helps run your patterns longer. Even if you can run the pattern for more than a flash it is good to practice until your pattern is solid because that helps determine how high and how fast your throws need to be in order for your pattern to be run longer. 2. Collisions are becoming an issue Well, this can cause many problems and with any sort of collision it is hard to recover. My advice would be when you are juggling, adjust how wide your throws are thrown. A perfect pattern has props thrown at the same angle in the air. The props follow the same path. So, if the props get too close to each other all the time make sure to have wider throws and vice versa. 3. Not being able to stand still This may not seem like a big issue, but it is and will definatley be as you progress in your juggling and numbers juggling especially. In order to be able to have a clean pattern you must pracitce while attempting to stand still because this is vital in having a solid pattern compared to a well run pattern. This can be improved by a few different things including: holding your hands right next to each other meaning one is not further out in front than the other. Also, make sure all throws are at the same angle while trying to stand still. Standing still improves posture and improves the legnth a pattern can be run. 4. Practice makes perfect! Enjoy some practice time because this always helps rather than waiting for good explainations on patterns. Hope you enjoy! Good luck!

The first 3 ball juggling tricks

Posted by [email protected] on December 16, 2014 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)
I often get asked, what are some of the first tricks I should learn now that I have mastered the 3 ball cascade? Well, in my opinion juggling tricks are in categories: reverse cascade and cascade combination tricks, siteswaps, and ones with a set up throw. The set up throw means the ball before the trick that you want to do needs to be set up. What that means is, it needs to be thrown higher, in order to do the desired trick. What I would reccomend learning are the following tricks. First, learn the reverse cascade! It opens up so many doors in the juggling world, even with three balls. If you learn this, you can learn the half shower, tennis, real tennis, and just opens up the doors to learn the timing and ball placement for other tricks. It helps with, mills mess, windmills, the shower pattern, and many other things. If you are looking for more visual tricks with your hands, I would learn to throw one ball higher than the others. I would highly recommend learning the reverse cascade first, but this can be fun too. If you can throw a ball substantially higher than the others, you can do tricks with the amount of time it gives you while the ball is in the air. For example, you can throw a ball under your leg, or behind your back, or if the throw is really high a quick pirouette can be accomplished. As for siteswaps, those can be a little bit more advanced, but are all about timing. So, before learning siteswaps I would learn at the very least to do tricks with a set up throw, but you should really learn a substantial amount of tricks in both categories before going into 3 ball siteswaps. These include, 441, 531, 522, and many more. Hope this helps categorize what to learn first.


Posted by [email protected] on November 28, 2014 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)
Siteswap notation is very important to learn as a juggler. Here is why. Siteswap helps a juggler understand the pattern being described by using numbers. The numbers represtent the unit of time a prop spends in the air and the direction of the prop. First off, you must know that siteswap starts with numbers, 0-9 and what each number means. A "0" in siteswap notation, also known as vanillia siteswap, represents that there is a hand with no ball in it. So, a zero is an empty hand. I'm going to skip the "1" and come back to it. A "2" is when a prop is held. So, a "0" is empty hand, and a "2" is a hold of a prop. Those two are tricky to figure out the difference. A "1" is a pass, not a throw, between hands. It is a quick pass and almost looks like the prop is handed over to the other hand, but it is a pass. Now, a "3" is a small toss in the air from one hand to another. So, "0" is an empty hand, a "1" is a pass, a "2" is a hold, and a "3" is a small throw from one hand to another. A "4" is a small throw, not to the other hand, but the same hand. Now, here is where siteswap gets into a pattern. A "5" is a higher throw than a 3, but also to a different hand. Now, a "6" you may be able to geuss is a higher throw than a "4" and is again to the same hand. A "7" is to the opposite hand, and higher than a "5" ect. It keeps repeating. When you get past "9" you start to use the alphabet to represent a throw, so instead of a "10" throw, it would be an "A" throw. Higher than an "8", but to the same hand as well. Any questions, please feel free to comment and I will answer as soon as I can.

Differences in Odd and Even patterns

Posted by [email protected] on August 18, 2014 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Now, there are many differences in odd number juggling patters and even number juggling patterns. One of the many differences that I feel is most helpful to remember while juggling is your hand placement. Hand placement is key in all your juggling patterns, but when juggling odd number patterns it is accually a different placement of the hands. When juggling an odd number pattern your arms should be pointed more inward to get the balls to cross easier. However, when juggling an even number pattern your arms should be strait. Another thing to remember is to keep your hands right across from each other so that the props stay on the same plane and stay next to each other. If one hand is further in front of the other, then that means your pattern will be harder to control.

Learning the five ball cascade

Posted by [email protected] on July 24, 2014 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, the five ball cascade is just like the three ball cascade. The same throws just higher and more balls. Got it? Probably not. Here are some tips that will help you learn the five ball cascade. First, try learning the three ball snake. This will help with the speed and the height needed to juggle five balls. Then I recommend learning to throw three balls at a five ball height. You can try to clap underneath the three balls while they are in the air because the clap represents another throw. With five balls all that you need are at leat three balls in the air and two balls in your hands. If you can do this move for a long period of time, then you are more than ready to move on to trying a five ball flash. Just remember, that there should be three balls in thee air. Some other helpful hints are to keep the balls going all at the same angle, but this time really focus on that because you have three balls in the air that you should be watching and you DO NOT want to be looking at your hands. So, rely on throwing the balls at the same angle to help. Then, your hands will know right where the balls will be instead of looking at all of the balls and knowing where the first one goes and then the next and then you have another one mixed in there that you are going to have to catch. So, really focus on that because not many people do. If you have the three ball patterns down start with the flash and remember the angle has to be the same. If you are having touble with some going forwards or backwards try to keep your hands right next to each other and don't have one more in front and one in the back. Start with a flash and remember to have fun.

Learning the four ball fountain

Posted by [email protected] on July 24, 2014 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)
Well, weather or not you want to learn the syncronous or the aysyncronous founatin with four balls is toatally up to you, but these tips can be for both. First thing that you have to know how to do is two in one hand with both hands. To do this I would use inside to outside circles. Now, two in one hand can be easy because all you are looking at is one ball in the air, but some things that you would not think to do are: try to remember to throw the ball on the right side and at an angle. Not straight up because this would cause each ball to move further and further to the inside. When you release the throw your hands are going to follow through more than they would with three balls. Once you have an idea of how to do two in one hand with both hands using that advice try juggling three balls likeyou would with four, but leave a throw out. It is called 4440 in siteswap notation. Rembember to throw the balls all the same height. Now, I would recommend trying to flash four balls, but just have fun juggling. Once you can throw them all the same height and get the right timing you just need to practice because it doesn't happen overnight, but the more you practice the better you get as long as you are not practicing the wrong technique. So, if you do not succeed try to make changes to what you are doing. Whatever works for you. For example if you think you are throwing them too slow try throwing them faster because you cannot do it right if it is not working.

Three ball cascade helpful hints

Posted by [email protected] on July 24, 2014 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)
To learn the three ball cascade you must be able to throw a ball in the air to the other hand while standing in the same spot. Easy, right? Well, try it with two balls starting with your dominant hand with the first throw and once it reaches as high as it will go try and throw the other ball at the same angle and hieght. Then, of course start with your weak hand. Throwing the balls at the same angle like a perfect X helps so that you do not have to reach your hands out far. You can pretty much move your hands very little if you stick to focusing on that. As for throwing the balls the same hieght, that helps with keeping the pattern slower that it has to be. Just remember in the three ball cascade that the only goal is to keep at least one object in the air and two in your hands. Now, once you can master two balls starting with both you dominant and weak hand you are ready to move on to three balls, but I recommend learning two in one hand before that because it is the same speed as the three ball cascade. When starting with three balls just remember to: keep your eyes on the ball in the air and have fun while learning it.